Where are the cleanest lakes and rivers in the U.S.A.?


Just beginning a conversation. Where are the cleanest bodies of water in the country? On my road trips I enjoy fishing and want to know where it is safe to consume what I catch.

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Matt Ward is a comedian, comedy show producer and promoter, web designer, graphic designer, musician, father and occasional fisherman.


  1. Thirkield Holland
    April 14, 2015

    I just saw this because I was searching for the same information. I am not seeing any other responses. Perhaps we will have to start our own research project.

    • April 14, 2015

      Haha, that would be nice, I don’t have time to research it much further however.

      • Thirkield Holland
        April 14, 2015

        I found some reports compiled by the EPA and others; however, they were way to technical for the layman. I will keep searching for a layman’s version.

  2. Dan
    July 4, 2016

    ok, I’m frustrated and disappointed in the EPA

  3. Thirkield Holland
    July 6, 2016

    There is a lake in Kansas, Melvern Resevoir, that is suppose to be relatively clean even though theoretically it should suffer from farm chemical runoff. This resevoir contains bass, channel cat, crappie, and walleye among other fish. If you are interested in fishing rivers, I have a theory that the further north you go above the factories and processing plants the better chance of finding relatively clean water. Someone should develop a water testing kit for anglers.

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