Boating and Marinas

Michigan is a glorious place for boaters. Wonderful rivers, more than 11,000 inland lakes, coastal areas and the open waters of the Great Lakes make Michigan a boating paradise.

From more than 1,300 different public access points, one is never too far from slicing through the waves of Lake Superior, fishing in Lakes Michigan or Huron or seeking refuge in one of Michigan’s harbors.

Boating is also serious business; the industry has a significant and positive economic impact in Michigan, with nearly $4 billion in trips and boat spending and approximately 51,000 jobs supported.

Michigan Clean Marina Program

As guardians of where land meets water, marinas have an opportunity and a responsibility to be good stewards of our waters. Michigan Sea Grant promotes responsible use of our water resources through the Michigan Clean Marina Program. When they pledge to join, marinas are encouraged to employ a set of best management practices. The program includes training materials, such as the Clean Marina Classroom, as well as site visits and other support. See: CMP Details

Don’t Get Trapped

What does that flag mean? The Know Your Nets website helps boaters identify and avoid fishing nets. Trap, gill and salmon nets are profiled with graphics. Safety information and what to do if a boater gets tangles in a fishing net are included. See: Know Your Nets

Recycle Boat Storage Shrink-wrap

Each spring, as boating season begins to wind back up, piles of shrink-wrap that were used to keep the boats safe during the winter end up in landfills. However, there are shrink-wrap recycling programs available. Michigan Sea Grant helps facilitate shrink-wrap recycling by bringing together recycling programs and marina operators, connecting boaters and marinas with a cost-effective, environmentally friendly option for disposal of shrink-wrap. See: Shrink-wrap Recycling