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    ‘Welcome to the Water’ Campaign Offers Free On-water Boat Experiences June 8 in Michigan

    As part of a nationwide observance, Michigan is celebrating Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, June 8, by inviting anyone interested in learning more about what it takes to get into boating to try a free, on-water demo at any of the participating destinations.

    Through a partnership with the DNR, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and the Association of Marina Industries, Michigan boating dealerships are collaborating with local marinas to provide a Boating 101 experience. Boating 101 is a free, introductory boating program with expert instruction available. Tips on trailering and boat safety and experience in operating a boat all will be part of the event.

    “With direct access to four Great Lakes, and more than 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan is a boating paradise,” said Nicki Polan, executive director for the Michigan Boating Industries Association. “We wanted to come together to provide an opportunity for people to experience the boating lifestyle and better understand how easy it can be to become a boater.”

    “Michigan is investing in the boating community because of how important the industry is to our economy,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division. “That’s why we felt it was important that the taxpayers, who are partially funding the State’s dredging efforts, also have the opportunity to enjoy the experience they are helping to protect. This partnership is a great ‘front door’ for exploring boating, and we hope Michigan will take advantage of the opportunity.”

    For a complete list of participating marinas celebrating National Marina Day with family-friendly activities and educational experiences, visit www.nationalmarinaday.org/participants/.

    Free boating demos, as well as other demonstrations and activities, will be available at:

    Great Lakes Docks & Decks

    Contact: Wally Dombrowski

    7427 Dyke Rd (M-29), Algonac

    Offering free on-water kayaking experiences from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    For more information, call 586-468-5400 or visit www.thekayakstore.com

    Klave’s Marina

    Contact: Charlotte Klave

    8789 McGregor Road (on Portage Lake), Pinckney

    Free paddleboarding and boating demos available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    For more information, call 734-426-4532

    MacRay Harbor

    Contact: Steve Remias

    30675 N. River Rd., Harrison Township

    Sun Sport Marine will provide boating demos from noon – 4 p.m.

    For more information, call 586-350-8581

    Pier 33

    Contact: Tighe Curran

    250 Anchors Way, St. Joseph

    Marina tours and boating demos available 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

    For more information, call 800-886-0493 or visit www.pier33.com

    Terrace Point Marina

    770 Terrace Point Blvd., Muskegon

    Free bike, kayak, paddle boat and paddle board rentals and pontoon boat tours of Muskegon Lake from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    For more information, call 231-727-8483

    Wilson Marine

    3981 Cass Elizabeth Rd., Waterford Township

    Boat demos will be available at Island Cove Marina on Cass Lake from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    For more information, call 248-683-0200

    Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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