6 Reasons to Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

By Debbie Hanson

May 14, 2024

List of six great reasons to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, how anglers, boaters of all ages, skill levels, abilities can enjoy the outdoors

When the weather begins to warm up and the fish start biting, there’s no better time to celebrate the great outdoors. National Fishing and Boating Week 2024 will be held from June 1st through 9th. This annual celebration brings together anglers, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of our nation's waterways. Learn about six great reasons to join in on the fun this year!

1. Embracing the Outdoors

National Fishing and Boating Week is more than just a week-long event; it’s a good reminder to take more fishing and boating adventures throughout the year. Whether you're casting out a line from the shore of a serene lake or taking a sunset boat cruise with friends, there's something undeniably relaxing about spending time outdoors.

2. Family Bonding

One of the best reasons to get out and participate in National Fishing and Boating Week is that it provides opportunities for families to create lasting memories together. You can take the time to teach your kids new fishing tips or enjoy a leisurely canoe trip on a nearby lake. These types of shared fishing adventures and paddling experiences can strengthen family bonds while fostering a deeper appreciation for nature.

3. Conservation Awareness

National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW) so serves as a reminder of the importance of ongoing conservation efforts that help to protect our nation's waterways and wildlife. As anglers and boaters, it's our responsibility to practice sustainable fishing and boating practices to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy beautiful, healthy ecosystems for years to come.

4. Community Engagement

From attending family fishing derbies to picking up new boating safety tips at local boating seminars, there will be a wide range of community events and activities scheduled from June 1st through the 9th. Community events provide opportunities for outdoor education and foster a sense of camaraderie among fellow nature enthusiasts. Get a list of license free fishing days or check with local parks, state parks, and marinas to see if there are upcoming NFBW activities in your area.

5. Health and Wellness Benefits

Spending time outdoors fishing and boating isn't just fun – it's also good for your health. Numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress, improve mood, and boost overall well-being. Whether you decide to visit a few of your best fishing spots or relax in the sunshine on the deck of a boat, there's no denying the positive impact that time spent outdoors can have on the body and mind.

6. Accessible Recreation

One of the best things about fishing and boating is that they're accessible to people of all ages and abilities. If you’re a new angler or boater with a disability, ask around in your community or use the Places to Boat and Fish Map to find out where there are accessible fishing piers and adaptive boating programs. Efforts are being made to ensure that everyone can experience the life-changing benefits of fishing and boating.


To sum up, National Fishing and Boating Week is a time to develop a greater appreciation for our nation's waterways. There’s something for everyone to love about this annual celebration. Go grab your fishing rod, pick up your tackle box, and head out on the water from June 1st through 9th of 2024.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.