Governor Rick Snyder has signed a resolution to declare June 7 -14, 2014 “Michigan Boating Week” in the state of Michigan. With nearly one million registered boats, and an estimated four million boaters, Michigan has the third largest boating market in the country and has a $7.4 billion impact on our economy.
“We’re flattered to have Gov. Snyder honor our state’s recreational boating industry,” said Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) Executive Director Nicki Polan. “Boating is a recreational activity that people of any age and agility can enjoy with their family and friends. We hope this week encourages more to discover boating and the vast freshwater resources Michigan offers.”
Michigan is home to 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Boaters can find 1,300 public access sites, 1,064 marinas and 80 Harbors of Refuge.
Boating is a safe recreational activity with an 18 percent decrease in accidents and 35 percent decrease in fatalities from 2011 to 2012, a continued trend over many years.
“As a life-long boater and supporter of the industry, I appreciate Gov. Snyder’s proclamation and support of boating in Michigan,” said MBIA Board Chairman Jim Coburn, of Coburn & Assoc. in Macomb, Mich. “There are so many activities to enjoy on the water: boating, fishing, wakeboarding, skiing, and cruising. It’s a fun past-time for everyone to enjoy.”
Michigan Boating Week is collaboration between the MBIA, the Michigan State Waterways Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with support from Pure Michigan. For more information on boating laws and regulation visit www.michigan.gov/boating.
Image courtesy Michigan Boating Industries Association