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Michigan Makes Waves As One of the Nation’s Top Boating States

The Great Lakes state celebrated National Fishing and Boating Week as sixth best for boating

June 4-12 was National Fishing and Boating Week, and what better way for Michigan to celebrate than as one of the nation’s leading boating states. The National Marine Manufacturers Association in union with Discover Boating announced on June 8 the nation’s top ten states for boating. The list was created based on 2010 industry sales and popular water destinations statewide.

Michigan ranks sixth on the list-just behind Florida, Texas and North Carolina, to name a few-with $350 million in annual industry expenditures like powerboats, motors, trailers and boating accessories, as well as popular on-the-water destinations. Harbor Springs, Michigan, located on the northern shore of Little Traverse Bay, was ranked as the state’s most thriving waterfront destination-bringing both beauty and business to the area.

Harbor Springs is a picturesque waterfront town ideal for boating and other waterside recreation, like fishing, sailing and various watersports. The shore is lined with vibrant beaches, sailing schools and plenty of marinas, making it the go-to place for any mariner or outdoors enthusiast. Harbor Springs is known for its beautiful sand beaches, crystal-clear water and unparalleled sunsets. Residents boast the quality of life in Harbor Springs is unmatched, if not solely due to the early morning sunrise, long days, brilliant sunsets and the nighttime glow after sundown that seems to last forever.

Ranking above California, Washington, Delaware and Wisconsin, Michigan played a significant role in the 14 percent increase in Americans who took to the water between 2009 and 2010. And with National Fishing and Boating Week behind us, Manitou Pontoons is encouraging everyone to spend a little more time on the water this year as well. Take a boat ride, spend a day at the beach or take your family on a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. Whatever you do, simply enjoy the greatest resource our state has to offer-our water.

Check out these links to make the most of your fun-filled Michigan summer!

Take Me Fishing

Take Me Boating

Michigan’s Beaches and Attractions

Michigan Fishing

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