Marine News from the Great Lakes

Michigan Boating Week Takes Place June 4-11

Highlights the Great Lakes State's Vast Freshwater Resources

Published: Monday, June 6, 2016

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association invite residents and visitors to experience the state's abundance of freshwater resources during Michigan Boating Week, June 4-11. The weeklong campaign, which concludes on National Marina Day, encourages residents and visitors to explore Michigan's varied and plentiful boating opportunities.

"Michigan is one of the best freshwater destinations in the world," said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “Michigan is home to unparalleled boating experiences and we want to highlight those opportunities during Michigan Boating Week by increasing awareness of Michigan's waterways.”

Michigan is a boater's paradise. It is home to an estimated 4 million
boating enthusiasts, including approximately 1 million registered boats and 300,000 nonregistered canoes and kayaks. With almost 3,300 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams, recreational boaters are never farther than 6 miles from a lake or stream. Access to 154 species of fish enhances the incredible range of freshwater boating experiences. In addition, recreational boating has an annual $7.4 billion impact and the boating industry provides nearly 59,000 jobs across the state. 

“Michigan Boating Week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the boating industry to our state’s economy as well as its importance to the quality of life for nearly 4 million recreational boaters," said Nicki Polan, executive director for the Michigan Boating Industries Association. “Michigan's freshwater resources help build lakeside communities and boating industries such as tourism, commercial fishing, boat manufacturing and related industries.” 

Michigan residents help fund more than 1,300 public boating access sites and 82 harbors administered by state, county and local units of government through two important sources of funding, including a portion of revenue collected from Michigan's gas tax and watercraft registrations. These funding sources help fund waterways projects and the ongoing maintenance at public recreational boating facilities, benefiting local and regional economies and contributing to statewide tourism.

Visit to learn more about events taking place across the state related to the weeklong celebration, National Boating Week and National Marina Day.

For more information, contact DNR recreation programmer Maia Turek at [email protected] or 989-225-8573 or Nicki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, at 734-261-0123, ext. 4 or [email protected]

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A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Michigan state parks, recreation areas and fee-based boating access sites. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to Michigan state parks and more at recreationpassport.

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