The Canoe Access Development Fund is a beneficial resource for local organizations to help ensure that the public has access to waterways. CADF also aids in the expansion of watershed partnerships across Western Pennsylvania and provides increased awareness of the work of watershed associations and organizations. WPC assists with this effort by not only providing funding, but also technical assistance for design, permitting, construction, outreach and long-term sustainability.
Improvements to canoe access sites help expand the number of locations for canoe and kayak enthusiasts to enjoy and explore Western Pennsylvania’s waterways that meander throughout private, public and state forests. River enthusiasts also have an opportunity to expand their enjoyment and knowledge of Pennsylvania’s diverse terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna.
Canoe Access Development Grants:
The CADF operates by making grants to municipalities, recreation/parks associations, and nonprofit organizations to improve or develop stream access sites for canoeing or kayaking. Current funding supports grants on streams with minimal motorboat traffic, with preference for whitewater streams.
Eligible Use of Funds:
The funding may be used for the following expenses:
The expectations of these site improvements are for public groups and private landowners to work cooperatively. Their efforts will provide water enthusiasts safe and accessible points of access, canoe and kayak staging areas, and parking areas for their vehicles.
Projects previously funded by CADF are eligible for an additional $1,000 for post-project maintenance for up to 10 years. For a partial list of maintenance costs that may be covered: https://waterlandlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2023_Fall_CADF_Guidelines.pdf#page=3