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This Is Best Place to Enjoy the Water in Each State

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1. Alabama: Baldwin County
> Total population: 199,510
> Local body of water: Gulf of Mexico
> Popular recreational water activity: Trout fishing
> Number of marinas: 14

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2. Alaska: Ketchikan Gateway Borough
> Total population: 13,715
> Local body of water: Pacific Ocean
> Popular recreational water activity: Salmon fishing
> Number of marinas: 3

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3. Arizona: Maricopa County
> Total population: 4,088,549
> Local body of water: Lake Pleasant
> Popular recreational water activity: Paddleboarding
> Number of marinas: 8

Source: Norfolk Lake Tourism

4. Arkansas: Baxter County
> Total population: 40,992
> Local body of water: Norfolk Lake
> Popular recreational water activity: Canoeing
> Number of marinas: 9

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5. California: Los Angeles County
> Total population: 10,057,155
> Local body of water: Pacific Ocean
> Popular recreational water activity: Surfing
> Number of marinas: 35

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