As summer boating fun is winding down, 2017 boating plans will be winding up
- Nicki Polan, Executive Director, Michigan Boating Industries Association
First and foremost, start your offseason boating plans by plugging in the upcoming dates for the Detroit Boat Show (February 11 – 19, 2017 at Cobo Center) and Novi Boat Show (March 16 – 19, 2017 at Suburban Collection Showplace). Here you can find the latest and greatest boats, motors, trailers, accessories and services for your 2017 boating season, and spend some fun time with your boating friends planning next summer’s fun.
Second, if you haven’t already done so, consider expanding your boating experience to other lakes in Michigan. Michigan has more than 3,200 miles of freshwater coastline and 11,000 inland lakes. To see the amazing shoreline views from the water-side is a unique opportunity available only to boaters. Add sandy beaches, forested shores, historic lighthouses, remote islands, waterfront villages and port cities—and now you have a bucket list full of Michigan boating adventures.
But what are lakes without access? Michigan also has more than 1,200 public launch sites, and hundreds more commercial marina launch sites to help you get on and explore these lakes. Michigan also has 83 Great Lakes harbors of refuge, with the goal to assure no boater will ever be more than 15 shoreline miles from safety. In a few places, it has not yet been possible to meet this goal, but the maps on the DNR website show how extensive this network of harbors has become. Exploring Michigan’s harbor communities is an endless adventure, as each offers its own unique experiences for food, shopping, art, education, entertainment, tradition and fun – and there are so many from which to choose. Look for marinas to launch your own boat or to rent a boat at www.mbia.org.
So whether you trailer up your own boat, or rent one once you arrive, Michigan's waters offer you boating adventures that you'll be talking about long after you've returned to the dock.
But remember, if you do boat in other counties around the state, be sure to check for local ordinances by county. And, also be sure to adhere to the “Clean, Drain, Dry” and “Don’t Dump Bait” principles to help stop the spread of invasive species from lake to lake. Information on both can be found on the Michigan DNR website. www.michigan.org/dnr
Happy planning and see you at the Detroit Boat Show!