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The Great Outdoors: Michigan’s Growing Outdoor Recreation Industry
Outdoor recreation has long contributed to Michiganders’ quality of life. But increasingly, the businesses that design, test and produce outdoor recreation gear are being recognized for their role in creating jobs, attracting investment and sparking community vitality. Michigan’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry works with industry partners to elevate outdoor recreation business opportunities and resources across Michigan.Read More
Notable Outdoor Industry Manufacturing Companies in Michigan
Welcoming New Faces to the Outdoors: Ice Climbing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
At the Michigan Ice Fest in Munising, Upper Peninsula locals and international climbers alike team up to welcome first-time climbers from across the country (and beyond) each February to learn an exciting new sport while helping people of all cultures and backgrounds experience the beauty and wonder of Pure Michigan.
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Little Bay Boards
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True North Outpost
Sleeping Bear Surf
Outdoor recreation plays an important and growing role in Michiganders’ quality of life, leisure time and health. The Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry works with industry partners from many sectors to anticipate emerging trends, create effective policy and elevate outdoor recreation opportunities and resources across Michigan. The Office collaborates with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in developing, promoting, and enhancing the state’s natural assets and outdoor businesses. As well as propel all aspects of the industry from manufacturing to retail, including access and enjoyment of the outdoors.
Michigan’s outdoor recreation manufacturers, retailers and destinations are major players in the national outdoor recreation economy. By joining the Confluence of States and signing the Accords, Michigan will partner with other like-minded states to support, grow and promote this significant industry. It also aligns our work with other states that value conservation and stewardship, health and wellness, and workforce and economic development.
Through participation in the National Governors Association's Outdoor Recreation Learning Network, the office also will work alongside other states to learn from each other and share best practices.
Additionally, The Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council makes recommendations to the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, the DNR and MEDC on ways to improve partnerships, collaborative strategies and policies that will increase the outdoor recreation economy, employment and consumer spending, and support conservation and public recreation assets.
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Outdoor recreation supports health, contributes to a high quality of life and—perhaps most importantly—attracts and sustains employers and families. When it comes to outdoor recreation opportunities, Michigan has a lot to offer. To learn more or to get in touch with the Office of Outdoor Recreation, please contact office director, Brad Garmon.Contact Now
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