The Great Lakes State of Michigan Ramps Up For Boating and Fishing Season

LIVONIA, Mich., May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of boating season in Michigan. On this weekend, many of Michigan's more than 900,000 registered boats will be launched and families all around the state will start their summer fun. Needless to say, this is a very important time for Michigan's $3.9 billion boating industry as marinas and dealers are busy selling boats, prepping boats and launching boats for those who plan to enjoy Michigan's 38,075 square miles of Great Lakes, 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams during the upcoming boating season.

There are many other important landmark days that are relevant to Michigan's boating season. They are designed for a variety of reasons, but ultimately to help people understand the benefits the boating lifestyle can offer. Many of these landmark dates offer events and educational programming at marine businesses around the state. These events are ideal opportunities for those interested in boating to get a taste of what time spent on the water has to offer. More information about boating can be found at and

May 20 - Ready Set Inflate A National campaign inviting people from around North America to help beat the world record for the number of inflatable life jackets inflated at one time. The campaign is designed to promote the comfortable and versatile inflatable life jacket and to educate about life jacket safety.

May 22 - Memorial Day Official Launch Weekend Memorial Day weekend marks the official launch weekend for most boaters in Michigan. Let the fun begin! June 5 - 13 - National Fishing and Boating Week A national celebration of fishing and boating, coinciding with most state's free fishing days.

June 12 - National Marina Day National Marina Day is a day for celebrating marinas and all they bring to their communities as gateways to our nation's waterways. Marinas around Michigan will be holding events June 12 - 13 - Michigan Free Fishing Weekend All Michigan fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and outstate visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

July 1 - National Boating Day This resolution recognizes the important role recreational boating and the boating industry play in the lives of the nation's 70 million boaters and the U.S. economy.

The Michigan Boating Industries Association is a non-profit trade association representing more than 300 marine businesses in Michigan. MBIA is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and protection of recreational boating in Michigan.

For more information about the MBIA call 734.261.0123 or visit SOURCE Michigan Boating Industries Association Copyright (C) 2010 PR Newswire. All rights reserved -0- KEYWORD: Michigan INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MAR