The outdoor recreation industry – which is led by boating and fishing – accounts for 2.1% of U.S. GDP, generating $788 billion in annual economic impact and support 5.2 million American jobs.


Key Outdoor Recreation Industry Data

of U.S. GDP
in annual gross economic output
jobs supported


Outdoor Recreation’s Share of GDP is Larger than a Host of Traditionally Recognized Industries

Outdoor Recreation’s Share of GDP


Outdoor Recreation is 3.3% of U.S. employment

U.S. Employment


Boating and Fishing are the #1 Contributor to the Outdoor Recreation Economy
  1. Boating & fishing
  2. RVing
  3. Hunting, shooting & trapping
  4. Motorcycling & ATVing
  5. Equestrian
  6. Snow activities