Arizona State Parks and Trails Launches Boating and Watercraft Survey

May 24, 2021

PHOENIX – Arizona State Parks and Trails, in collaboration with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is launching the 2021 BoatingA boat on the water at Buckskin Mountain State Park and Watercraft Survey. The agency hopes to gather data from people using Arizona’s lakes, rivers and waterfronts for boating and other water activities.

As the lead agency responsible for recreation planning in the Grand Canyon State, Arizona State Parks and Trails helps plan outdoor recreation statewide, on public and private lands that are managed by federal agencies, other state agencies, municipalities, non-profits, private businesses, and others. These plans are used to distribute federal and state grant funds and update agency decision making and resource allocation. Arizona State Parks and Trails manages three outdoor recreation grant programs. Additionally, counties, cities, towns and non-profits can access this information for their own master plans, giving the public a voice in how dollars are spent and allocated.

The Boating and Watercraft Survey is completed every three years and helps inform managers of water-based recreation statewide, funding distribution, and resource management. This year, Arizona is focusing on the experiences of resident Arizona boaters while also attempting to get feedback from all boaters while they are visiting Arizona waterways in the summer of 2021. Residents may see QR codes or flyers at lake and river areas inviting them to take the survey.

The survey will run through September 2021. Data collected will be compiled in a report that will be available before the end of the year, including the amount, location, and type of watercraft being used in Arizona; where the highest volume recreation areas are; where more resources are needed to enhance visitor safety; whether COVID-19 had an impact on current and future boating activities; and how information about boating education and invasive species that impact Arizona lakes and waterways is learned.

To take the survey, visit Everyone who completes the survey is entered to win more than 70 prizes worth more than $7,000. For a list of prizes, visit the website.

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For information about the more than 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit


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