Canoe Access Development Fund


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF) helps to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation. The CADF operates by providing modest grants for developing access sites. WPC is currently working with partners on new projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways through this fund in 2018.

The Canoe Access Development Fund was established by longtime Conservancy members and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, who believe in the importance of connecting people to nature through hands-on experiences.

To date, the CADF program has funded improvements at more than 45 locations across our region, working with a variety of partners including watershed associations, local government, economic development organizations and state agencies.

If you have any questions concerning the Canoe Access Development Fund, please contact Eli Long, WPC watershed manager, at or 724-471-7202 ext.

Click here for the Canoe Access Development Fund Application.

Applications must be postmarked by November 17, 2017 and grant recipients will be notified by December 15, 2017.

You can view featured access sites that were funded by the Canoe Access Development Fund along with information on suggested floats and paddles.


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.