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Top Wakeboarding Locations

Find the best places to go wakeboarding across the United States

Whether you are wakeboarding in the great oudoors on lakes or rivers, or in one of the many cable parks, you'll find some great locations to explore here.

Wakeboarding in the United States has so much to offer for recreational wakeboarders and competitive wakeboarders.  If you are heading off on a summer family vacation or just a weekend away with friends, you’ll find some of the top wakeboarding locations to visit listed here. 

 

An ideal wakeboarding location is one with a large area for water sports with plenty of room for everyone on the water.  Well maintained boat ramps that provide easy access for boats and jet skis are a must.  The layout of some lakes, either man-made or natural, can result in some ‘pockets’ which may be sheltered.  Finding these spots can be great when the breeze picks up and talking to locals is the best way to locate these places.  

 

You can be sure that many of the great wakeboarding locations are commonly known by wakeboarding fans and it can get very busy both out on the water and on the shore.  So when you are out on the water, be courteous to other water craft and also to residents living on the water bodies.  The Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) has some simple guidelines for safe and courteous boating and a quick quiz to test your knowledge of responsible boating.  

Find Your Ideal Wakeboarding Location

To help define the regions of the United States we have categorised the states as follows.  For each region you’ll be able to find boat wakeboarding locations on rivers or lakes and cable park locations.  If you have a great spot you’d like to share with others, please send us an email to let us know. 

East Coast States

  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire 
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut 
  • Rhode Island
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania 
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina 
  • South Carolina 
  • Georgia
  • Florida

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West Coast States

  • Washington 
  • Montana 
  • Idaho
  • Oregon 
  • Wyoming 
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • California
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico

Cable Parks

Central States

  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Michigan 
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Kansas
  • Missouri 
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma 
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee 
  • Texas
  • Louisiana 
  • Mississippi 
  • Alabama

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Boat Licensing & Laws

When you go wakeboarding you want to make sure that you have a current boat or jet ski license that meets the states regulations.

A great place to start is the United States Power Squadrons website.  On here you’ll find links to every state and their boat licensing requirements and laws. There’s also helpful information on boating registration, watercraft safety and much more.  If you need to get a boat license there are plenty of listings for where to do your boating course. 

 

Whatever wakeboarding location you choose, enjoy getting outdoors, meeting new people, catching up with old friends and developing your wakeboarding skills.