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Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry
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Michigan’s outdoor recreation manufacturers, retailers and destinations are major players in the national outdoor recreation economy. By joining the Confluence of States and signing the Accords this October, Michigan will partner with other like-minded states to support, grow and promote this significant industry. It also aligns our work with other states that value conservation and stewardship, health and wellness, and workforce and economic development.
Through participation in the National Governors Association's Outdoor Recreation Learning Network, we also will work alongside other states to learn from each other and share best practices.
Spotlight on Michigan
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Michigan's Outdoor Recreation Industry
Great Lakes, rivers and streams, more than 8 million acres of publicly accessible lands, and 12,000-plus miles of trails – when it comes to outdoor recreation opportunities, Michigan has a lot to offer. These resources provide connections with nature, healthier lifestyles, clean air and water and a natural heritage shared across generations. They are also a vital part of Michigan’s economy with thousands of outdoor recreation industry manufacturers and retail and service-sector businesses.
63% of Michigan residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.
Communities across Michigan recognize that outdoor recreation supports health, contributes to a high quality of life and—perhaps most importantly—attracts and sustains employers and families.
Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council
The Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council makes recommendations to the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, the DNR and MEDC on ways to improve partnerships, collaborative strategies and policies that will increase the outdoor recreation economy, employment and consumer spending, and support conservation and public recreation assets.