NEW YORK (AP) -- This time of year, crowded campsites and too much traffic can dampen the wilderness experience at popular national parks like the Smokies or Yellowstone.
But there are 5,000 state parks around the country where congestion is often less of a problem. The August issue of Field & Stream is highlighting the top 10 "lost" state parks -- all of them places where fish are jumping, but you won't have too much trouble parking.
Some of the "lost" parks include:
Zippel Bay State Park on Minnesota's Lake of the Woods, known for walleye and pike;
Glen Elder State Park on the Kansas prairie, where lake fishing includes walleye, bass and catfish;
Matagorda Island State Park in Texas, a rustic barrier island where there is tarpon and trout but no electricity, drinking water or concessions;
Yampa River State Park, located on the Continental Divide in Colorado, for pike and trout;
Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona, where you can fish for bass and crappie amid a remote desert-mountain landscape;
Heyburn State Park, Idaho, known for largemouths and landlocked chinooks -- not to mention 400-year-old ponderosa pines;
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California, where you can catch chinooks, kings and steelheads on the scenic Smith River.
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