Michigan Boating Week has just sailed into port

This week is officially Michigan Boating Week, a time when residents and visitors are encouraged to experience the many boating opportunities the state has to offer.

In the central Upper Peninsula area, there are myriad ways to enjoy a day on a lake, with a number of boat rental companies, charter boats, tour boats and new and used boat sales.

Many events are also taking place throughout the state for Michigan Boating Week through a partnership including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association.

Events include opportunities to get started with the boating lifestyle, learn about boating updates and gain some skills to use on the water.

Saturday, the final day of Michigan Boating Week, is also National Marina Day and many local harbors will?offer free boating demos and other events to celebrate.

Visit www.nationalmarinaday.org for details about these local programs.

“Michigan is the third-largest boating market in the country and the boating industry has a $7.4 billion economic impact on our state’s economy,” said Nicki Polan, executive director for the Michigan Boating Industries Association, in a press release. “Michigan Boating Week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of this industry to our state’s economy as well as its importance to the quality of life for nearly 4 million recreational boaters.”

We agree with that assessment and hope area residents take some time this week to enjoy the beatuy of a shoreline from the water, whether that be in a human-powered or a motorized boat.

Michigan Boating Week also aims to educate boaters about how they can become stewards of the water by sharing information on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

A full schedule of Michigan Boating Week events is available at www.michigan.gov/boating.