Public Water Access Sites - Partnership Funding

General information

This partnership program provides financial and technical assistance for eligible public water access and state water trail projects.

Eligible projects

Acquisition, development and/or improvement of public carry-in and trailer boat access sites including parking lots, docks, launching ramps and state water trail campsites, rest areas and portages.

Eligible Partners 

Counties, cities, townships, and recognized tribal bands.


  1. Repairs and technical assistance for existing facilities
  2. Rehabilitation of an existing facility
  3. Development of a new facility
  4. Engineering and design of a new or existing facility
  5. Acquisition of land for a new facility

Level of assistance

The level of financial and technical assistance fluctuates considerably depending on the Division of Parks and Trails budget and staffing resources, project scope, and number of requests.

Ineligible Projects 

Items not eligible for funding under this program includes but is not limited to: fishing piers, fishing platforms, fish cleaning stations, AIS prevention/ watercraft cleaning units, pump-out stations and floating restrooms. 

For more information

Interested local units of government should contact their Parks and Trails Area Supervisor to inquire if their local project fits within the Division of Parks and Trails Statewide Strategic Plan or email Nancy Stewart, Water Recreation Consultant: [email protected] with questions. 

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