The Fourth of July weekend is at hand. In addition to reaching for a hot dog or a burger, more Michiganders are reaching for a paddle.
"There's a growing interest in all forms of it. From the old canoes on the rivers to sea kayaking to recreational boats down around Belle Isle to stand-up paddleboards," says Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes, who focused on this growing demand for his most recent column.
Howes was interested in the trend in Michigan because of the true range of options it gives people, from beginners on inland lakes to the more advanced skills required to navigate the Great Lakes.
And with the growing demand many more places are offering lessons or rental equipment.
"It's physically accessible and more financially accessible for a lot of people," Howes says.