The 10 Best College Football Towns for Boating
University of Tennessee
Tennessee River & Fort Loudon Lake
Vols fans get game-ready on the Tennessee River, since Neyland Stadium sits right on its banks. For those with bigger parties—the more, the merrier, right?—nearby Fort Loudon Lake offers 55 miles of prime “boatgating” opportunity.
Columbia, South Carolina
University of South Carolina
Less than 20 miles from South Carolina’s campus, Lake Murray is the preferred body of water for Gamecocks fans to kick back, relax, and fuel up for the big game.
Auburn fans, like their beloved eagles, take flight to Lake Martin (less than an hour from Auburn’s beautiful campus) to celebrate the Tigers' victories. Just make sure there’s no crimson in sight.
Coral Gables, Florida
University of Miami
Hurricanes fans don’t have to look further than their backyard for pure tailgating paradise—Biscayne Bay is a 35-mile stretch of Atlantic coastline situated right on the Canes' home turf.
Florida State University
In northern Florida, the Seminoles have their pre-game festivities on one of the country’s most productive natural systems: Apalachee Bay. Cheers to FSU (and the environment)!
University of Wisconsin
Badgers fans can take their boats out on lakes Mendota and Monona, which surround Camp Randall Stadium. For the more adventurous, Lake Michigan is an hour west.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan
Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and the Huron River
With the university sitting along the Huron River and lakes Erie and St. Clair nearby, Ann Arbor is a boatgating paradise for Wolverines fans.
University of Washington
Husky Stadium is situated right on the edge of Union Bay, providing a crisp (it’s fall in the Pacific Northwest, after all) setting for eating, drinking, and boating.
Arizona State University
Salt River, Tempe Town Lake, and Lake Pleasant
Since cooling down is as much of a priority as pregaming, Arizona State fans retreat to one of the nearby lakes or rivers. The Sun Devils Stadium sits right at the intersection of the Salt River and the Tempe Town Lake. Journey farther south to Lake Pleasant for more than 10,000 acres of pure boatgating paradise.
Baylor Basin, Lake Brazos, and the Brazos River
McLane Stadium overlooks the sparkling Baylor Basin, meaning Baylor fans can stay on their boats while staying close to the action.