WHEREAS, Michigan is home to nearly 1 million registered boats and an estimated 300,000 non-registered canoes and kayaks. Michigan is also home to an estimated more than 4 million boating enthusiasts; and
WHEREAS, Michigan ranks third, nationally, in boating registrations and ranks as the third largest boating market in the country; and
WHEREAS, Recreational boating has an annual $7.4 billion impact in the state and the boating industry provides 58,863 jobs in Michigan; and
WHEREAS, in Michigan, recreational boaters are never farther than 6 miles from a lake or stream. Michigan has more than 11,037 inland lakes and ponds and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams; and
WHEREAS, Michigan has 1,300 public access sites, 1,064 marinas and 80 Harbors of Refuge available for boaters to launch and/or store their vessels; and
WHEREAS, Michigan has 3,288 miles of Great Lakes Shoreline which exceeds that of the United States Atlantic general coastline of 2,069 miles.
WHEREAS, Michigan’s Harbor of Refuge program provides that boaters are never more than 30 miles from a safe harbor when boating Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline; and
WHEREAS, Michigan’s varied water surfaces are home to 154 species of fish which enhances the incredible range of freshwater boating experiences for all types and sizes of recreational watercraft; and
WHEREAS, boating and fishing are recreational activities individuals of any age and agility can enjoy and offers us quality time to make memories that last a lifetime; and
WHEREAS, Michigan Boating Week is an opportunity for government to join forces with recreational boating associations, businesses, manufacturers, groups, organizations, clubs and citizens to promote boating and the abundance of freshwater resources Michigan has to offer its citizens and Pure Michigan visitors.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 7 – 14, 2014 as Michigan Boating Week.