When I was young, my family had many outdoor adventures. Some were more successful than others (the time my younger brother fell out of our canoe and into a nest of baby water moccasins is particularly memorable) but they were all fun. Speaking of which, if your Dad loves fishing and boating, you just might be in luck. National Fishing & Boating Week happens just a couple of weeks before Father's Day again this year—from June 1 through June 8. Learn more and find out how to take your dad fishing and/or boating—absolutely free!

About National Fishing & Boating Week

Every year during the first week of June, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) sponsors National Fishing & Boating Week (NFBW).

The RBFF is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 1998. RBFF itself was created after Congress passed the Sport Fishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998. The Act was passed to encourage good stewardship of aquatic resources, including conservation and safety issues, nationwide.

Why boating or fishing? 

According to studies conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), there are plenty of great stress-reducing reasons to take up boating and fishing. Here are just a few.

  • Boating ranks in the top 3 all-time best de-stressing activities.
  • 90% of youth say nature eases their stress.
  • Being near water has been proven to ease stress naturally.
  • Fishing is so popular as a leisure activity that it outranks both football and basketball—combined!

How to take part in NFBW

National Fishing & Boating Week is coming up quickly—but there’s still time to plan a fun outing with your dad, your kids, even your whole family! One of the best parts of celebrating NFBW is the chance to try out fishing without having to purchase a fishing license first. You can do this by taking part in your state's Free Fishing Days.