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:
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