Recreational boating practices in the U.S.Kayaking and canoeing, two ways to navigate without any other motorized assistance, were two popular recreational boating practices in the United States in 2020, with around 18 million and 10 million participants, respectively. Rafting, particularly appreciated by thrill-seekers, is another recreational boating practice that uses an inflatable raft to navigate on whitewater or different degrees of rough water. In the United States, the number of rafting participants was around 3.5 million in 2020.
Whether in fresh or saltwater, fishing is also a leisure activity that often involves the use of a boat. This activity is clearly popular with Americans of all ages and backgrounds, with nearly 55 million freshwater, saltwater, and fly-fishing enthusiasts in the United States in 2020.