IDNR gives boat access grants to northern Illinois communities - – Rockford’s News Leader

IDNR gives boat access grants to northern Illinois communities


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has given a total of $715,200 in Boat Access Area Development Grants to six northern Illinois communities.

The program gives communities financial help to acquire, construct, and expand or rehabilitate public boat and canoe access areas at local lakes and rivers. The grants can provide up to 100 percent of approved construction costs and 90 percent of approved land acquisition costs. Projects have a $200,000 limit each year.

"These grants will help Illinois communities develop safe access for boaters wanting to use public waters for fishing and water skiing or to launch a canoe or kayak," IDNR Director Marc Miller said. "Providing access to recreational opportunities is a top priority of the IDNR, and we are excited to offer these grants to communities that are helping us accomplish that goal."

The following communities received grants:

  • Village of Machesney Park - $200,000
    • Construction of boat ramp and dock to improve access for public and help local law enforcement react quickly to emergencies
  • City of Freeport - $64,600
    • Construction of an accessible floating dock and canoe/kayak launch along Pecatonica River Water Trail
  • Dixon Park District - $18,375
    • Construction of boat ramp extension to give safe access to Rock River during times of low water
  • City of Galena - $80,000
    • Construction of canoe and kayak access to the Galena River, including adjacent parking and loading/unloading area
  • City of Oglesby - $152,225
    • Construction of safe and accessible launch along Vermilion River as well as a parking lot
  • City of Evanston - $200,000
    • Extension of Church Street Boat Ramp to upgrade facility and improve safety, gives Lake Michigan access to powerboats, sailboats, and personal watercraft


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