Michigan Boating Week, June 10-16, 2017

Michigan Boating Week infographics

Take advantage of Michigan's on-the-water opportunities or share your love of the Great Lakes State during Michigan Boating Week June 10-16. With almost 3,300 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 plus inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams, residents and visitors are never farther than 6 miles from a body of water. 
Our challenge to you! During the week, take time to get out on the water or plan your summer boating adventure in advance. Many harbors accept reservations, which can be made at midnrreservations.com.


Did you know that you likely help fund waterways projects? A portion of revenue collected from Michigan’s gas tax and watercraft registrations helps fund state facilities, including 19 harbors and approximately 1,000 boating access sites. Another portion of that revenue funds grants to local units of government that oversee 63 harbors and roughly 200 boating access sites. These resources help fund waterways projects and the ongoing maintenance at public recreational boating facilities, benefiting local and regional economies and contributing to statewide tourism. 

Useful Links

Boating @ michigan.gov/boating
Find boating rules and regulations, safety, how to register your boat, harbors, boat rentals in state parks and much more.

Harbor Reservations
Make a harbor stop on your boating trip. Many accept reservations, which can be made at www.midnrreservations.com or 800-44-PARKS.

Clean, Drain, Dry!
Boaters are encouraged to help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species between water bodies by following three easy steps. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/invasives.

Boat rentals in Michigan state parks
Boat rentals are available at more than 40 state parks to help you explore Michigan's freshwater rivers and lakes.

Michigan Recreational Boating Information System (MRBIS) @ michigan.gov/mrbis
Locate public boating launches and harbors and plan your next boating advenutre.

Click to subscribe for DNR boating updates
Click to subscribe for a monthly boating enewsletter and other on-the-water updates from the DNR.

Boating Week Events

Celebrate the Lake and Free "Welcome to the Water" Boat Rides
Saturday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

MacRay Harbor, 30675 N River Road, Harrison Charter Township
In celebration of National Marina Day, visitors can enjoy 20-minute rides on the lake (sponsored by Colony Marine). In addition, educational displays, a nautical yard sale and a number of kids' activities will also be part of the celebration. Kids' activities include a bounce house, face painting, balloon art, a magic show, arts and crafts games and much more. 

Marina Tours, Water Rides, Boat Show and Outdoor Concert
Saturday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

Linwood Beach Marina and Campgrounds, 135 S. Linwood Beach Road in Linwood
989-697-4415 X:13
Enjoy water demo rides, marina tours and a boat show from noon to 6 p.m. An outdoor concert will take place from 7 to 11 p.m.

Women in Boating Classes and Open House
Saturday, June 10
Walstrom Marine, 501 E Bay St. in Harbor Springs
Please RSVP by emailing marketing@walstrom.com

Live radio broadcasts

The DNR is taking the waves to the airwaves with live radio broadcasts from harbors across the state.

Detroit (WJR 760 am) – all week
Listen to Paul W. Smith every morning during the work week as he broadcasts live from a different harbor each day. This weeklong series is sponsored by the participaing private marinas, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and, in small part, the DNR.

Charlevoix, Walstrom Marine (Lite 96.3) – Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hear Waterways Commissioner Ward Walstrom and other marine staff share their thoughts on Michigan boating as part of the Women on the Water class at his marina.

East Tawas State Harbor (Thunder 100.7 fm) – Tuesday, June 13 from 3-5 p.m.
Listen to Chuck Allen, DNR park supervisor for Tawas Point State Park, share information about new boating amenities at the harbor, local boating opportunities on inland lakes and more!

Traverse City, Silver Lake (94.3 The Fox fm) – Tuesday, June 13 from noon to 2 p.m.
Maia Turek and Grand Bay Marine will highlight inland recreational boating opportunities and the importance of “Clean, Drain and Dry” to prevent the spread of AIS.

Presque Isle State Harbor (107.7 The Bay fm) – Wednesday, June 14 from 3-5 p.m.
Catch Blake Gingrich, DNR park supervisor for Presque Isle State Harbor, who will be touting the benefits of a trip to this unique state harbor, as well as other boating options in the Alpena region.  

Straits State Harbor (The Wave 99.9 fm) – Thursday, June 15 from 3-5 p.m.
The Wave will talk with DNR staff about Tip-of-the-Mitt boating destinations and how boaters can help prevent the spread of AIS.