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Gov. Pritzker announces $653,710 in boat access grants

information provided by the Office of the Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 8, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker announced $653,710 in grant funding for six communities to improve public boat access areas in Illinois.

The Illinois Boat Access Area Development Program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion or rehabilitation of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois’ lakes and rivers. The program provides up to 100 percent of approved project construction costs and 90 percent of approved land acquisition costs. There is a limit of $200,000 in grant funding per project per year.

Applications for grant assistance were received July 1 through August 19, 2019. Revenue for this program is derived from marine motor fuel tax and boat and canoe registration fees. Local entities interested in the program can download the Boat Access Area Development Program manual at

This year’s Boat Access Area Development grant recipients are:

  • Calumet City: $80,000 for the Cal-City Canoe Launch, Little Calumet River
  • Cook County Forest Preserve District: $80,000 for the Schuth’s Grove Canoe Launch
  • Galesburg: $23,450 for the West Lake Storey Boat Ramp Bathroom
  • Jacksonville: $200,000 for the Lake Mauvaisterre Boat Access
  • Marengo: $70,260 for the Paddle the Kish in McHenry County
  • Marseilles: $200,000 for the Marseilles Public Boat Launch
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