The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is offering boating and boating education opportunities to help celebrate the designation of June as "Ohio Goes Boating Month" by the 132nd Ohio General Assembly.

The House Bill 84 designation highlights Ohio's thriving boating and tourism industry.

In an effort to bring attention to the many boating opportunities the state's lakes and beaches offer, legislators in both the House and Senate passed House Bill 84 on April 26, highlighting the importance of the Ohio's boating industry, which creates $3.6 billion in economic benefits.

According to committee testimony, the western basin of Lake Erie has the third largest concentration of boats in the United States. The bill also strives to increase awareness for ensuring that Lake Erie, and all of Ohio's waterways, remain clean, protected and healthy.

House Bill 84 promotes the variety of activities for Ohioans on the water at state parks, marinas and yacht clubs.

Boating activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding and power boating, also encourages Ohioans to vacation in the state, which boosts local economies along Ohio's shoreline and throughout the state.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides a variety of boating and boating education activities during June. Visit the ODNR website for a list of the activities.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio's 74 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities, including first-class boating services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio's waterways and public lands.