June 1-8, 2014 is National Fishing and Boating Week, the perfect chance enjoy nice weather and connect with nature. In 2011, over 90 million U.S. residents - 38 percent of the population 16 years and older - enjoyed fish and wildlife-related recreation. (Click for state-specific data.)
Get outside and have fun! Many states offer free fishing days during Fishing and Boating Week. Make the most of Fishing and Boating Week with these tips to stay safe and healthy.
Photo: National Parks Service
Be prepared for all kinds of weather. Check your local forecast and bring a jacket or sweater for cool mornings and evenings. Bring rain gear along, too.
Listen carefully. If you are outside and hear thunder, immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes and other water bodies. Head for a substantial building or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.
Protect your skin. Water reflects sunlight, which can increase the amount of UV reaching your skin. Wear sunscreen and lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Cover your head and your toes. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare, and sturdy shoes to protect your feet from sharp rocks. If you are in a boat, wear shoes that will prevent slipping.
Take care of the environment. Make sure our waters and wildlife are available for others to enjoy in the future with smart fishing and boating practices.
Visit www.takemefishing.org for state-specific information about getting a fishing license and finding family-friendly fishing spots.
For more information on participation in wildlife-related recreation in each state, continue reading on Earth Gauge.