Study shows economic impact of boating in Idaho

January 5, 2017 GMT

BOISE — Spending on products and services related to power boating contributed $335.3 million to Idaho’s economy in 2015.

That’s according to a recent study completed by Boise State University in partnership with Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

“It’s clear that recreation is big business in Idaho,” said David Langhorst, director of Idaho Parks and Recreation. “Understanding the economic impacts assists our agency in making the best management decisions possible when it comes to providing and maintaining recreation access in our state.”

The study included a survey of Idaho’s registered boaters and their participation in both day trips and overnight trips. It took into consideration factors such as purchase of boats and equipment, maintenance and repair expenses, and travel costs such as fuel, food and lodging.

In Canyon County, there are nearly 7,000 registered boaters. The study found that boaters made about 9,000 day trips and 197 overnight trips in the county in 2015. Canyon County boaters spent a total of $12.6 million on boats and related activities and services including maintenance and repair, equipment, storage, fuel, lodging, food and beverages and more.

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The study also found that Canyon County along with Kootenai, Bonner, Ada and Valley counties benefited the most from additional economic activity and tax revenues from recreational boating.

The five counties with the highest spending on products and services related to power boating are Kootenai, Ada, Bonner, Valley and Nez Perce, according to the study.