General Statistics


MAY 2007

Power Boating Leads 2006 Growth Rate Among High-Participant Sports and Activities

Among 16 sports and recreation activities with more than 20 million participants, power boating had the highest rate of growth in 2006, up 6.2% to 29.3 million power boaters, according to the new Sports Participation studies published annually by the National Sporting Goods Association. At the other end of the spectrum (sports with less than five million participants), cross-country skiing soared almost 37% to 2.6 million participants.

The only other high-participant sport with more than 5% growth in 2006 was camping, up 5.7% to 48.6 million participants. The bulk of the 16 sports (11 in all) grew or fell in a relatively narrow band of +5% to -4%.

Other high-participant sports and their rate of change include: hiking, +4.0% to 31.0 million; exercise walking, +1.7% to 87.5 million; aerobic exercising, 0.0% to 33.7 million; golf, -1.0% to 24.4 million; running/jogging, -1.6% to 28.8 million; fishing, -2.5% to 40.6 million; swimming, -2.6% to 56.5 million; and bicycle riding, -13.3% to 35.6 million.

To see participation rates for all 41 sports surveyed, click here.

Source: National Sporting Goods Association

APRIL 2007

New Study Finds Fishing a Powerful Pathway to Boating

A new study by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) provides insight into the relationship between boating and fishing. According an RBFF news release, the study compared three market segments - Boater Only, Angler Only and “Boating Angler”, those who both boat and fish. The study found that fishing is a strong pathway to boating and that promoting both fishing and boating is good for the market.

The RBFF study found that those who both boat and fish do so significantly more frequently than those who only fish or only boat and spend more money on fishing equipment and boating accessories compared to those who only fish or only boat. Nearly half of Boating Anglers (44.9%) said that fishing influenced their decision to get involved in boating and the reason they purchased their first boat was to fish (67.7%). By contrast, less than one third (30.4%) of Boating Anglers said that boating influenced their decision to get involved in fishing.

Other findings of interest:

  • Boating Anglers who do not currently own a boat are significantly more likely that Angelers Only or Boaters Only to be actively shopping / researching boats and plan to purchase on the in the next 12 months.
  • Those who both boat and fish are more likely report that how they look at the environment was influenced by their fishing and boating experiences compared to those who only fish or only boat.

For the RBFF News Release and a link to the full study report, click here.

2006 Report Estimates the Value of Volunteer Hour at $18.77

The Independent Sector recently announced that the 2006 estimate for the value of a volunteer hour has reached $18.77 per hour. Such an estimate can be used to help organizations quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. The 2006 estimate increased from $18.04 per hour in 2005. To learn more, click here.

New Loaner Program Puts Thousands of Bicyclists on the Streets of Paris

A second urban loaner - bike program will begin in France this summer when JCDecaux, an outdoor advertising company, makes 20,600 bikes available at 1,450 stations in Paris. The program is modeled on a wildly successful program launched in Lyon, France in 2005. The programs are complex public-private partnerships which provide bikes at little or no cost to riders.

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the company will pay start-up costs of about $115 million and employ the equivalent of about 285 people full time to operate the system and repair the bikes for ten years. All revenue from the program will go to the city, and the company will also pay Paris a fee of about $4.3 million a year.

In exchange, Paris is giving the company exclusive control over 1,628 city-owned billboards, including the revenue from them, for the same period. About half the billboard space will be given back to the city at no cost for public-interest advertising.

To read more about this public/private partnership, click here.

Source: Washington Post, Saturday, March 24, 2007, p. A10.

Hunting and Fishing Rates End Decline in Youth

Recruitment rates of youngsters in hunting and fishing have stabilized after declining through the 1990s, according to preliminary data from the 2006 National Surveys of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation and information from previous surveys, reports the

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For the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, click here.


2006 U.S. Travel and Tourism Industry Statistics

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a record $107.4 billion in international travel receipts – travel-related tourism spending, including passenger fares – for the United States in 2006. This spending represents a full recovery in the value of foreign travel to the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, and surpasses the previous record of $103.1 billion set in 2000.

Here are some highlights:

  • Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors totaled $85.8 billion for the year, an increase of 5 percent over 2005. These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to international travel.
  • Passenger fares received by U.S. carriers and U.S. vessel operators from international visitors increased more than 3 percent over 2005 to $21.6 billion for the year.
  • For the eighteenth consecutive year, the United States enjoyed a travel trade surplus, reaching $7.3 billion in 2006.
  • Travel and tourism supported 8.3 million American jobs in 2006.
  • More people are employed by travel and tourism-related industries than are employed in the construction industry, the business and financial industries, agriculture, education or health care.

Source: United States Department of Commerce

All About Snowmobilers

  • The average age of a snowmobiler is 41.
  • Approximately 70% of all active snowmobilers are male.
  • 60% of all active snowmobilers belong to a club or state association.
  • The average annual household income of a snowmobiler is $72,000.
  • 65% of all snowmobilers trailer their snowmobiler to where they usually ride.
  • The average snowmobiler rides 17 days during the winter and travels about 1,000 miles.
  • Not counting the cost of the vehicle and trailer, the average snowmobiler spends $3,000 per year snowmobiling.
  • The sport generates $27 billion in economic activity and over 85,000 full-time jobs.
  • In 2006 there were 1.7 million registered snowmobiles in the United States.

Source: International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association


Skier Visits Set Records in Colorado

DENVER, CO -- Colorado Ski Country USA reports its 26 member resorts posted record-setting skier visitation for the first portion of the winter season. Collectively, Colorado ski resorts hosted 3,285,649 skiers and snowboarders, an increase of 6.74 percent, or 207,533 visits, over October 31-December 31, 2006.

The state’s destination resorts saw the greatest gains in visitation with an increase of 11.9 percent over prior year. The two-year, upward trend is indicative of the robust markets on both the destination front and with those ski areas which are primarily community-supported. This year (October 31-December 31, 2006) marks the third consecutive record for community-based resorts which are more than 100,000 visits ahead of their five-year skier visit average.

The Colorado ski industry represents a significant portion of Colorado tourism, which is the second largest industry in the state. Last season, Colorado’s resorts set an all-time record for visitation with more than 12.53 million skier visits, representing more than 21 percent of the nation’s 58.9 million skier visits.

Source: Colorado Ski Country USA


More Women Hunting...

A recent study by the National Sporting Goods Association estimates more than 3 million women now hunt, accounting for about 16 percent of the nearly 21 million active hunters in the United States.

The study, which covered 2001 to 2005, found that 2.4 million women hunted with firearms in 2005, up 72 percent from 2001. Fifty percent more are target shooting, while the number of women bow-hunters has grown 176 percent to 786,000.

The fastest-growing age groups are women aged 18 to 24, followed by those aged 35 to 44. To read more, click here.

Source: Reuters 2006

Aerobic Exercise Benefits Memory and Concentration

A new study finds that aerobic exercise may halt and even reverse the slow mental decline caused by aging. A report in the November issue of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences says that as little as three hours per week of brisk walking (at a pace slightly greater than 3 mph) increases the volume of neurons in the brain and the connections between them, resulting in improved memory, multi-tasking ability and concentration.

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana found that these cognitive benefits are not present in other forms of exercise, such as weight training or stretching. The study's findings concur with a growing body of evidence supporting a connection between moderate aerobic exercise and improved mental acuity among the elderly.

To read a recent Wall Street Journal article on the study, click here.


'Tis the Season: What's New on the Slopes

Wake-Up Calls is offering a free snow report wake-up telephone call service to skiers and snowboarders for 1,200 resorts worldwide. Subscribers choose how much snow, which days, which resorts, and at what time they would like to receive a wake-up call. When a resort gets the snowfall a subscriber has requested, they will receive a phone call that reports the snowfall and more.

To read more, click here.
To sign up, click here.

Source: First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine

Ski Areas Work to Attract Minorities and Youth
The Associated Press reports that only three out of every 20 skiers or snowboarders is a minority, according to marketing researchers. Hoping to attract fast growing population segments to ski resorts, some, according to the article, “are advertising in Chinese newspapers, translating informational brochures to Spanish, stocking smaller boots Asians might need and introducing children from rural schools or urban centers to a sport they may only have seen on TV.”

In Colorado, Alpino, a non-profit dedicated to snow sports diversity, has worked with Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge to bring 4,000 minority children to the mountains each year. Roberto Moreno, founder of Alpino, was quoted in the article as saying, “A lot of resorts are recognizing that if they don’t reach out to people of color, they’re going to be losing a lot of business.”

To read the complete article, click here.

Source: Associated Press

National Trends in OHV Use
Based USDA Forest Service research, in the 2004 season nearly 1-in-4 Americans (23.8 percent) age 16 and older participated one or more times in OHV recreation. A more conservative estimate using alternate methodology arrives at an estimate of 39.7 million OHV participants, 18.6 percent of the population, or almost 1-in-5 people age 16 and older.

According to the same study, OHV visits to national forests grew from 5 million in 1975 to 51 million in 2005, an increase of 92%. According to the study, the number of off-highway vehicles grew from 400,000 in the early 1990s to more than 8 million by 2003.

Source: Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation in the United States, Regions and States: A National Report from the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) June, 2005
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International Visitation to Set Records in 2006 and Beyond
The U.S. Department of Commerce projects record arrivals and receipts from international travelers to the United States in 2006. The 2006 forecast exceeds the previous record arrival year of 2000, when more than 51.2 million international travelers visited the United States. 2005 saw 49 million visitors. In 2007, the US is projected to host more than 54 million international visitors, generating $113 billion in travel exports.

The forecast for 2006-2010 predicts that by 2010 international arrivals will reach 63 million, an increase of 28% between 2005 and 2010, and generate over $135 billion in travel exports that year.

Where will these folks be coming from in 2010? Thirteen million will come from Europe, 5 million from Japan and South America will show the largest regional growth, up 36 percent between 2005 and 2010. International travel from the Peoples Republic of China is predicted to increase 90% between by 2010!

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
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Recent Bike News
A Vermont small-business owner challenged his 13 employees to bike to work this summer by offering each $1,000 to log 650 commuting miles this year. Twelve of the workers accepted the challenge. Employees were offered $500 up front to purchase bikes and an additional $500 if they are successful. All of the participants are on track to earn the additional $500.

Source: Burlington Free Press
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A record number of communities in all 50 states participated in National Walk to School Day on October 4. More than 2,200 events were registered on the walk to School website. 47% were part of an ongoing walk and/or biking program, and 47% of the events were part of a Safe Routes to School program funded by SAFETEA-LU.



Study Released: Recreational Horse Trails in America

Back Country Horsemen of America published draft results of a study of recreational horse trails in rural America. Here are some interesting statistics from the report:

  • There are 123,799 miles of trail for recreational and pack horse use available on federal and state land in the lower 48 states.
  • 85% of the trail mileage is on federal land and 69% of that is managed by the USDA Forest Service.
  • Most of the nation’s trail mileage is in the West, with 67% located in eight western states.
  • The eastern United States has just 22% of the trail mileage, but 56% of the nation’s more than 9 million horses. (American Horse Council, 2005).
  • AHC estimated that 3.9 million of the 9.1 million horses in the US are used exclusively or primarily for recreation.

Source: Back Country Horsemen of America, Vol. 17, Fall 2006


National Statistics for the 2005/06 Ski and Snowboard Season

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) recently reported 58.9 million national skier/snowboarder visits for the 2005/06 season, a record number. This is up 3.5% from last season, and up 2.3% from the previous record set in 2002/03, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).

A strong increase in the total number of day visits was noted this year, particularly in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific West, as well as the Midwest region, while overnight visits were relatively flat in absolute terms, and declined in percentage terms.

International visits rose in spite of the fluctuating value of the U.S. dollar, accounting for an overall average of 5.7% of total visits, up from 5.6% last season and 4.9% in the prior two seasons.

The 2006 NSAA National Demographic Study reports visits by children under 18 rose to 15.5 percent in 2005/06, up from 12.9 percent in 2004/05. The average age of all skiers/snowboarders dropped this season to 35.1. Snowboarders accounted for 30.4% of visits last season, up over 3% from 2004/05.

Average weekend lift ticket prices increased nationally by 4.8% to $60.66.

Source: 2005/06 Kottke National End of Season Survey for the National Ski Areas Association.

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Support for Hunting and Fishing Increasing

A new nationwide survey, conducted by Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Virginia for the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, found that support for hunting and fishing has remained strong over the past decade with approximately every 3 out of 4 Americans approving of legal hunting and more than 9 out of 10 approving of recreational fishing. This is the first nationwide study which verifies that public support has increased over the past decade.

To read more about this survey, click here.

Source: New West Daily News

Did you know that…

  • 53% of the U.S. population lives in the United States’ 673 coastal communities (153 million, up by 33 million since 1980).

  • Recreational boating participation increased by an estimated 2.3 million in 2005 to 71.3 million.

  • 71% of the boats sold in the U.S. are bought used and almost one-third of repeat boat buyers go on to purchase a new boat.

  • Boat owners spent an average of 41 days on the water in 2005.

  • There are nearly 875,000 slips for recreational boaters in the U.S. and 12,375 marinas.

  • Florida, New York, Michigan, Vermont and California account for 49% of the marinas in the U.S.

  • There are 1,400 active boat builders in the U.S. Florida ranks first with 200 builders, 215 plants and 29,000 employees.

The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association’s "2005 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract"
NOAA’s "Population Trends Along the Coastal United States 1980-2008"


An August 2006 report on travel in America has some good news for the outdoor recreation community. “The State of the American Traveler” has been released by Destination Analysts, a California research firm. The study found that eighty-eight percent of those surveyed plan to travel as much (55.6%) or more (33%) in the next 12 months as in the last.

“The nation’s love affair with the great outdoors remains strong,” the firm reports. In the past year almost 1/3 of leisure travelers visited a State or local park. National Parks were visited by one-in-four (26%) vacationers, and national forests by one-in-five (17.2%). Underscoring the importance of water-based outdoor recreation to Americans, “go to a beach or a lake” was ranked first (47.2%) in outdoor activities participated in by leisure travelers. Second on the list was “go to small towns or villages” (41.4%).

In what is possibly a sign of the times, "safety" was ranked highest when respondents were asked "What is generally important in choosing a travel destination?" 88.8% of respondents ranked safety as “important” or “very important”. “Scenic beauty” was ranked second at 86.3%. Interestingly, the study found, men appear to be slightly more concerned about safety than women.

To read more about “The State of the American Traveler”, click here.

JULY 2006

Fishing Participation on the Increase

The number of Americans "going fishing" rose by 5.2% to 43.3 million in 2005 according to the National Sporting Goods Association's (NSGA) annual participation survey. This is the first increase reported by NSGA since 2000. The Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association reported a similar trend: a 6.3% increase. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported a 2.1% increase in 2004 fishing license sales, the first increase in four years.

Source: American Sportfishing magazine, June-July 2006

JUNE 2006

National Forest System Statistics (October 2005)

Trails: 133,000 miles

Roads: 378,500 miles

  • 186,000 (49%) high-clearance vehicle roads
  • 77,200 (20%) passenger car roads
  • 115,300 (31%) closed to motor vehicles

System road construction 2005: 142 miles

System road decommissioning 2005: 852 miles

Road Bridges: 6,500

Trail Bridges: 6,700

Buildings: 42,154

  • 17,645 (42%) toilet structures
  • 4,234 (10%) recreation
  • 19,367 (46%) fire, administration, other
  • 908 (2%) research

Recreation Sites: 14,077

  • Boating:1,053 (8%)
  • Cabin: 580 (4%)
  • Campground:4,677 (33%)
  • Group campground:407 (2%)
  • Interpretive Site – major:120(1%)
  • Interpretive site – minor:509 (4%)
  • Picnic:1,340 (9%)
  • Trailhead:3,898(33%)
  • Other:1,493 (11%)

Deferred maintenance (does not include backlog investments) in millions: 5,966

  • Roads: 4,572 (77% of total deferred maintenance)
  • Buildings 439
  • Bridges: 115
  • Trail bridges: 9
  • Recreation sites: 89
  • Trails (FY 2001): 99
  • Heritage assets: 33
  • Water and wastewater: 112
  • Wildlife, fish, threatened and endangered species: 6

    Source: USDA Forest Service

    Useful Recreation Facts from Recent Surveys

    Fitness Activities, Most Team Sports Continue Participation Growth; Exercise Walking Remains No. 1 in The 2005 Annual Survey Conducted By The National Sporting Goods Association.

    Exercise walking, which experienced 1.5% growth in 2005, remains the #1 participation activity surveyed by the NSGA, a position it has held since 1990. Data contained in NSGA’s annual “Sports Participation – Series I and II” reports, which are now available, show 86.0 million Americans walked for exercise in 2005. Swimming, with 58.0 million participants (an increase of 8.5%), regained the #2 spot which it had lost in 2002. Camping, which had replaced swimming in the runner-up spot in 2004, dropped to fourth (46.0 million participants, down 16.8%) behind exercising with equipment (54.2 million, up 4.0%). Bowling rounded out the top five with 45.4 million (+3.5%).

    To read more and see the complete list of rankings, click here.

    Source: National Sporting Goods Association

    Anglers Report Most Pressing Problems

    The American Sportfishing Association launched an online survey ( last fall and reported that 1,200 anglers took February’s monthly survey. Those surveyed reported that the biggest problems facing anglers today are access to water (28.5%), water quality (24.3%) and invasive species (14.5%).

    Source: American Sportfishing, April-May 2006.

    Highlights of RVIA’s April Survey

    RVIA’s biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted in April 2006, finds that 66% of RV owners plan to use their RV more this summer than last, although 52% say they may spend more time in one place and 45% say they will reduce the distance traveled. Half of RVers surveyed enjoy outdoor activities and sports, and two-thirds of the respondents say they are more physically active on RV trips than on other vacations.

    To read more, click here.

    Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

    MAY 2006 -

    New Road Atlas Created for Motorcyclists

    For the millions of motorcycle enthusiasts looking for adventure, Rand McNally introduces the first-edition Harley-Davidson® Ride Atlas of North America. Packed with definitive maps of secondary roads, road construction information, local motorcycle laws and an expansive mileage directory, the compact 8.5-inch by 11-inch ride atlas fits snugly into a saddlebag. Wrapped in a black, rubber-like, touche cover are 284 pages of four-color maps, mileage charts, city indexes and descriptions of motorcyclist-tested rides in the United States.

    To read more, click here.

    APRIL 2006 -

    New Marine Industry Statistics

    Soundings,a boating business newspaper, reports this month that personal watercraft sales rose by 9.4% in 2005, posting the best results for any sector of the marine industry. Overall sales of new boats rose by .5% over 2004 levels.
    More interesting stats:

  • 2004 boat registrations show that Florida is #1 nationally in boat registrations (946,072), followed by Michigan (944,800). California fell from 1st place in 2003 to 3rd (894,884). Regionally, the Great Lakes Region leads in boat registrations, followed by the Inland Region of 19 states and the South Atlantic Region is 3rd. Boat registration statistics are the basis for allocating Aquatic Resources Trust Fund dollars among the states.

  • The economic impact of boating in Florida is greater than the citrus industry, the cruise industry and Port Everglades. With a total impact of $18.4 billion annually, Florida's marine industry employs 220,000.
  • Birding Trails: Significant Benefit to Local Economies

    Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy yet another reason to visit Oregon’s Cascade Mountains with the recent introduction of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. This 1,000-mile, self-guided auto tour showcases nearly 200 of the region’s best locations for wildlife watching and habitat diversity.

    Birding “trails” fledged in the United States in 2000 when the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail debuted along the ocean shores of the Lone Star State. Since then, more than 30 states have fashioned dozens of these self-guided automobile routes to lure America’s rapidly growing constituency of recreational birders.

    Indeed, Americans like to watch birds. We also like to feed birds in our backyards. We travel to see birds that don’t visit our backyards, and we buy books and other equipment to enhance our birding experience. According to the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE 2001, in press), over 70 million Americans, or one-third of the national population over age 16, engage in some level of birding.

    Government studies corroborate these findings. Every five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts the National Survey on Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (USFWS 2001). The latest report tallied 18.2 million people who spent 372 million days watching wildlife away from home in 2001. These nature enthusiasts spent $8.2 billion on trip-related expenses. According to the NSRE, the number of American birders has exploded at a rate of 232 percent since 1983, positioning birding as the fastest-growing outdoor activity in the United States.

    To land managers and conservationists, nature-based tourism represents much more than a boost to the local economy. The money spent by visiting birders places a dollar value on birds and their habitats. More birds and better quality habitat mean more birders visiting more often. Local communities experience the economic benefits of conservation and they become stewards over local lands.

    Source: Oregon Magazine, April 2006, Volume 6, No. 4.

    Top Five Ski Areas All on Public Land

    Do you know which is the most visited ski area in the United States? What about the second? You may be surprised to know that the top five most visited ski areas in the country are located on National Forest Service lands. Here they are in descending order: # 1 Vail, Colorado; # 2 Breckenridge, Colorado; # 3 Mammoth Mountain, Central California, # 4 Heavenly Mountain, Northern California, # 5 Copper Mountain, Colorado.

    MARCH 2006 -


    The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 18.8 million bicycles were imported into the U.S. for January-November 2005, a 10% increase from the same period last year. Value of the shipments reached $1.07 billion, an 18% increase from the same period last year.

    The rate of growth has declined from the first three quarters of the year. Through September, imported units were up 16%; dollars, 25%.

    The increases were led by smaller bicycles (children’s, 20-inch and 24-inch), which accounted for 13.0 million of the imported units. Children’s were up 38%; 20-inchers, 14%; and 24-inchers, flat.

    Mountain bike imports, the largest dollar value category, rose 1% to 4.9 million units. The FOB value per unit rose to $86, up from $77 from the same period last year with a total value of $421.1 million.

    The FOB value per unit of road 700c bicycles rose dramatically, up to $238 from $110 for the same period last year. Their value reached $216.3 million versus $162.8 million from the same period last year.

    China continued its dominance as the primary source for U.S. bicycles, the source of 17.7 million of the 18.8 million imported through the first eleven months of 2005.

    Source: National Sporting Goods Association


    One third of US adults say they have gone on a camping vacation in the last five years, making it the number one outdoor activity in the US.

    Eighty percent of adult travelers (over 118 million people) have included an historic or cultural activity while traveling. That is roughly the population of United Kingdom and Italy combined.

    More than 30 million adults have taken an educational trip to learn or improve a skill, sport or hobby in the past three years.

    February 6, 2006 - RECREATIONAL BOATING DEMAND TO REACH $16.7 BILLION IN 2009 U.S. demand for recreational boating products -- including boats and separately sold propulsion systems and accessories -- is projected to grow 4.8% annually through 2009 to $16.7 billion, according to Recreational Boating. The new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm, said gains will be supported by an ongoing shift in the product mix toward larger, more sophisticated boats.

    Recreational boat sales (powerboats, personal watercraft, sailboats and other boats) will reach $10 billion in 2009 and remain the largest segment of demand with 60% of the total. Inboard cabin cruisers will see the most rapid growth and will maintain their status as the largest single category of boats in value terms, reaching $3.3 billion in 2009. Annual growth for boat sales is projected to be 5%.

    Separately sold propulsion systems will climb to $4 billion and continue to account for the second largest portion of recreational boating demand in 2009. Annual growth for separately sold propulsion system sales is projected to be 5%.

    According to the study, accessory sales will reach $2.7 billion in 2009, showing an annual growth rate of 4.9%.


    The value of bicycle shipments to the independent bicycle dealer (IBD) network increased 8% in December, their value reaching $47.5 million versus $44.0 million for December 2004. The increase pushed the value of shipments for the full year up 13%, to $697.2 million versus $617.1 million for 2004, according to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA). The value of shipments had risen 13% in November.

    Among major bike categories, the value of shipments of road bikes was up 51% in November and pushed their 12-month total to $237.8 million, a 32% increase versus the same 12 months in 2004. Front suspension mountain bikes were up 1% in December, with their value rising 6% to $139.4 million for the 12 months. Dual-suspension mountain bike shipments fell 5.4% in December, with the value of 2005 shipments rising 3.7% to $94.1 million.

    Unit shipments for 2005 were up 4%, with December shipments down 7.5%. Slightly more than 2.4 million units were shipped in 2005.

    Parts and accessory sales were up 66% in December, $20.5 million versus $12.3 million in December of 2004. Twelve-month sales were up 12.1% to $296.5 million.

    BPSA's statistical information is gathered monthly from 28 reporting companies, representing both large and small distributors. The report captures roughly 85% of sales to the independent bicycle dealer (IBD) network. For additional information, contact BPSA at 215-393-3144 or

    INTERNET SALES OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT TO DOUBLE BY 2010 Internet sales of sports equipment will more than double between 2005 and 2010, according to Forrester Research Inc. Forrester estimated Internet sales of sports equipment at $4.1 billion in 2005 and projects that sales will reach $8.7 billion in 2010. In 2010, Forrester projects that 13% of all retail sales of sports equipment will be via the Internet. In 2004, NSGA's Sporting Goods Market reported Internet sales represented 7.9% of a $22.9 billion sports equipment market.

    Source: NSGA Research News Vol.8, No. 3


    In 2001, 82 million people or 39 % of the population participated in wildlife-related recreation activities. Of these, there were 34 million anglers, 13 million hunters and 66 million wildlife watchers. These recreationists spent $108 billion on their activities.
    Source: US Census:

    In 2001, 29,452,379 fishing licenses were sold in the US. The leading states were California, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania. Source: American Sport Fishing Association (

    In 2001 45,699,000 people participated in fishing activities. Of that number, 11,628,000 were youths from the ages of 6-15. Americans spent 557,399,000 days fishing that year. Source: American Sport Fishing Association (

    In 2002, 73.3 million people went hiking or roughly a third of the US population. The estimated economic impact of these hikers was $18 billion. Source: American Hiking Society (

    In 2003, 72 Million people participated in boating activities. 5.5 million participated in waterskiing. In that same year there were 17.49 million boats in use in the US. Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association (

    Nearly 1 in 12 vehicle owning households now own an RV or 7 million households. There are currently 7.2 million RVs on the road. Source: RVIA (

    In 2004, there were 109,750 snowmobiles sold in the US. There are 1.77 million registered snowmobiles in the US. The estimated economic impact of snowmobiling is $20 billion annually. Source: ISMA (

    The average hunter spend $1,896 per year on hunting related expenses. Source: National Shooting Sports Foundation (

    In 2003 American adults rode singletrack mountain bikes 587 million times. The number of participants was 39.3 million people. Source: IMBA (

    According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, 57% of Americans participate in at least one outdoor activity. Of this number 63% participate in multiple activities each year. The most popular activities of those surveyed were hiking, road biking and camping. Source: Outdoor Industry Foundation (

    The highest participation rate among age groups was among those 16-25. After that point participation steadily declined until the 45+ age group. Source: Outdoor Industry Foundation (

    The top five states participating in outdoor recreation were California, Texas, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania. In terms of percentage of the populace, the top participators were Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Connecticut. Source: Outdoor Industry Foundation (

    In 2003, 44.2% of the population or 94.6 million people participated in boating activities. In addition 39.8% and 38% of the population went birdwatching or hiking respectively. The next most popular activities were fishing and bicycling. Source: National Forest Service (

    75% of the American public use parks and recreation services. In addition 71% of those people who do not use the parks, say that they derive some benefit from having a park in the area. Source: Illinois Parks and Recreation (

    Last year 66.6 million people visited the 3,300 recreational sites maintained by the bureau of land management. There were 279 million visits to the 388 sites including parks, monuments and battlefield sites of the National Park Service. There were 39 million visits to the 544 Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife refuges. Finally there were 90 million visits to the 308 sites of the Bureau of Reclamation. Source: Department of the Interior (

    44.4 million Americans fish, with 25% of men fishing and 8% of women fishing. More people fish in America than play golf and tennis combined. In 2001, the total economic output from freshwater fishing alone was $74 billion. If saltwater fishing is included, the total rises to $116 billion. Source: FLW Outdoors (

    Ownership of RVs has reached record levels. In 2001, nearly 1 out of every 12 American households owned an RV or approximately 7 million households. This is a 38% increase over the past 20 years. Source: RVIA (

    2.2 million people cross country ski. Of that number, 47.6% are women and one in 8 is a child between 7-11. Source: Winter Trails (

    In 2002 there were 7.4 million skiers and 5.6 million snowboarders. 11.5% of snowboarders report that they also ski, while 15.2% of skiers also snowboard. Source: NSAA (