Maine’s Outdoor Industry

With four distinct seasons, virtually every fresh-air adventure one could want, and a highly collaborative, closely-connected outdoor industry, it’s no wonder why Maine ranks fifth in the nation for the value outdoor recreation adds to the economy. Nature-based activities like boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and snowsports have collectively contributed billions of dollars to the state, and the industry as a whole is growing faster than Maine’s overall economy with no signs of slowing down.

It would be easy to attribute this prolific growth to Maine’s reputation as a scenic destination that’s steeped in history, however, it’s also driven by the impact of its legacy brands and new wave of innovative outdoor businesses that have chosen to call this state home.

Maine’s Outdoor Offere of Recreation is also elevating the industry by leveraging the state’s assets and outdoor heritage to grow the outdoor recreation economy with partners from both public and private sectors — that’s one seriously powerful force of nature.

Outdoor Recreation is a key driver
of Maine’s economy

$3B

Economic impact of Maine’s outdoor recreation economy in 2019

No.5

In the nation in the value outdoor recreation adds to the state’s economy

8.5%

Increase in outdoor recreation manufacturing the first year of the pandemic

40k

Jobs in the outdoor recreation industry in 2019

27%

Increase in boating and fishing the first year of the pandemic

50%

Of new hires reported by outdoor industry employers in Maine are under the age of 35

Outdoor recreation contributes to economic success in many ways.

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Learn more:

Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission Releases Report on Maine’s Outdoor Recreation Industry
Consultant Report Finds Opportunities For Growth and an Urgent Need to Protect Assets Saco, ME (April 12, 2022) - So... read more
Maine ranked 5th in the value outdoor recreation added to statewide GDP in 2020
  Boating, biking, and manufacturing drove Maine’s outdoor recreation economy in a challenging pandemic year A... read more
State Outdoor Business Alliances Collaborate to Elevate the Importance of Outdoor Recreation to Local Economies
Bozeman, MT (June 8, 2021) - Outdoor recreation contributes to economic success in many ways and will help lead recov... read more
“THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY HERE IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MAINE. WE COVER EVERYTHING FROM THE APPRECIATION AND RESPECT OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES TO THE INNOVATION FROM THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS AND OFFER INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES.”

- Tino Fiumara

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