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Celebrate Boating

Celebrate boating

Celebrate Boating

Celebrating 75 years of launching boating adventures

For 75 years, the Michigan State Waterways Commission has look toward the future of boating, ensuring our state remains a world-class freshwater boating destination. Everyone’s invited to explore and enjoy this land-water connection that has been launching boating adventures since 1947.

Michigan State Waterways Commission 75th anniversary logo
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Share your photos

Upload your boating photos and be part of our anniversary mosaic. Your pic might be featured in a future newsletter or webpage!

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How do you see Michigan’s waters? Use these free pages to color your sea blue view, and share your (or your kids’) pages on social with #ColorMIboating.

Kayak | Ludington | Sailboat | Speedboat

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Geocaching "Adventure"

Explore Michigan's waterways and maritime heritage in an unexpected way – the new Waterways Adventure Lab begins in June!

painting of boats and shore by Plein Air Painters

The Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association is putting its artistic spin on today’s boating system with “Paint the Waterways.” As the celebration winds down, enjoy a year's worth of paintings to share, online and for sale.

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Harbors, boat launches, water trails and more – make a monetary donation to the places you love most.


Dive in

Learn about Great Lakes Harbors, boating access sites, boat rentals, safety info and much more.

Help decide where the Labatt donation will go. Vote now!

Labatt is proud to celebrate this Michigan boating milestone and is donating funds to support Michigan’s water trails through the DNR. Help decide how the donation should be spent by voting for your favorite!

  • Community grants to support paddling improvements.
  • Improved water trail signage.
  • Aquatic invasive species removal.
  • Urban youth boating experiences.
  • Recycling at boating access sites.

Submit your vote

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New sustainable boating efforts

Shrink-wrap recycling

Turn your boat shrink-wrap into something new, such as composite decking. Dr. Shrink, the Michigan Recycling Coalition, Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Bay Area Recycling for Charities and Emmet County Recycling have partnered to help keep shrink-wrap out of landfills, and you can help:

  1. Get recycling bag(s) for a one-time $7 fee
  2. Register for the program
  3. Remove shrink-wrap, place in the bag and deliver to the nearest registered drop-off location (marina, storage, or recycling facility).
clear bag of boat shrink-wrap

Figuring out fiberglass boat recycling

Mention “recycling” and most people think of aluminum cans, newspapers and other everyday items, but did you know a team of industry professionals is working on a Michigan solution to the global challenge of fiberglass recycling? If you have a boat to recycle or want to join the conversation, we want to hear from you!

75th merchandise

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If you want an anniversary keepsake – shirts, totes and more – visit Peninsulas, one of our "These Goods are Good for Michigan" partners. Ten percent of every sale will help fund Michigan boating programs.

Find 75th anniversary boating gear »

What do you think about Michigan boating?

Boaters and others interested in having their voices heard are encouraged to learn more about the Michigan State Waterways Commission. See past meeting minutes and upcoming meeting schedules. These public meetings are open to everyone and are a great place to learn about boating access, infrastructure and sustainability.