Get out and enjoy our lakes!

By Sen. Joe Hune

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is enjoy one of the thousands of lakes we have right here in Michigan. I spend a good amount of time on boats and fishing in our many lakes and rivers, and I take advantage of all that the water has to offer our great state.

One is often reminded that in Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a lake or stream or a short drive from one of our magnificent Great Lakes. There are few better ways to enjoy summers.

Along with providing outdoor adventure, boating and fishing contribute billions of dollars to the state economy. Spending your vacation dollars here in our great state also helps keep countless family businesses and communities afloat.

June 7-14 marks Michigan Boating Week, an annual celebration of the pastime we love so much. Michigan Boating Week is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association. The weeklong campaign offers many opportunities to get started boating, get back onboard or learn some new skills to use on the water.

With that in mind, I would like to make everyone aware of some free guides available to boaters and fishermen of Michigan to help them safely enjoy our lakes this summer.

The guides provide legislative news–including our work to keep Michigan waterways accessible in light of low water levels safety tips and other resources.

The guides can be found under the “Publications” tab at or call the office at 855-JOE-HUNE. Furthermore, an in-depth guide to Michigan’s boating laws and regulations can be found at


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.