Lakes, Rivers and 'Mountains': Name this Destination

Outdoor recreation happens in all types of areas around our country. Each week we pick one outdoor destination, give you five clues and see if you can name the area. In recent weeks the correct answer has been the name of a National Park, National Seashore, State Parks, National Monuments and a ski resort. This week the correct answer is the name of a region known for outdoor play.

Look at the photo, read the below clues then comment with your best guess in the comment section below.

Rivers lakes and mountains Photos by Oakley Originals


  • covering nearly 47,000 square miles, this is by far the most extensive mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains.



  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers lakes that were created by damming the river beginning in 1911 have provided a large tourist, boating and fishing economy. Six lakes were created by dams in one river basin from 1911 through 1960.



  • If thru-hiking is your thing, hop on the 230-mile hiking trail that passes through this region.



  • Contrary to the many dams that have created lakes in this region, this area is also home to an untouched river that was the first river to be preserved with National River status. This river is a popular destination for fishing, canoeing and camping.

  • Although referred to as the _______ mountains, the region is actually a high and deeply dissected plateau.


Do you know what popular outdoor adventure region we are talking about? Have you ever visited this area? Enter the answer in the comments below and let us know if you've ever visited this outdoor destination.

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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