Whether you own a boat, rent a boat, or just love to boat in your community and around the state, the DNR and the Michigan Waterways Commission want to hear from you. They have created a boater trends survey, available online through Monday, Oct. 7, to better understand why people boat, where they boat, how often they plan to boat, and a number of other topics that can help guide future planning, design and funding for quality public recreational boating facilities.
“So much goes into the planning and development of public boating facilities in Michigan, whether you’re considering access sites, marinas and harbors, or locks and dams – all of which contain infrastructure that supports a variety of water trail systems, too,” said Jordan Byelich, the DNR’s waterways development program manager.
“It’s important to keep a finger on the pulse of what inspires people to boat, as well as the ‘extras’ – adequate parking at the facility and nearby restrooms, for example – not to mention the symbiotic relationships with local communities. All of that adds to a positive boating experience,” Byelich said. “Plus, Michigan’s boaters are the best people to ask about the types of enhancements they want to see at public boating facilities. This survey is one easy way to gather vital feedback.”
The survey, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete, asks questions like:
- How far do you drive to get to a boating access site?
- What are your primary reasons for boating?
- What is the single-most important improvement that could be made to state-managed or municipal boating access sites?
- How often do you spend the night on your boat?
The survey also offers the opportunity for people to rate, by order of importance, a variety of marina and harbor features, including staff/hospitality, restrooms, fuel, picnic/play areas and power on the docks.
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