Water recreation cooperative acquisition & development program

Program purpose

To improve public boat accesses, campsites, rest areas and portages on Minnesota's public lakes and rivers.

Eligible projects

Acquisition, development and improvement of public boat accesses, parking lots, docks, and boat launching ramps, campsites, rest areas and portages. Engineering and design assistance is available.

Who may apply

Counties, cities, townships, and recognized tribal bands.


Projects are selected based on ranking the criterion which includes but is not limited to the following: public demand, location, gamefish present, size of water body, accessibility, and sponsor donation.

Level of assistance

The level of grant and technical assistance fluctuates considerably depending on the project scope, sponsor's need, and program's level of funding.

General information

This program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments for public boat accesses, campsites, rest areas and portages on the State's rivers and lakes. It is funded through the State Water Recreation Account (boat license fees and state gas tax used for marine purposes).

How to apply

There are no applications for this program. Contact your local Parks and Trails Area Supervisor to discuss the project and the potential for assistance.

Related DNR Programs

Outdoor Recreation Grant Program

Public Water Access Program

State Water Trails System