Watershed Conservation

Canoe Access Development Fund

There are many waterways in our region that don’t have public access for canoes and kayaks. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF) helps to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation. Our CADF operates by providing modest grants to organizations to develop canoe and kayak access sites across Western Pennsylvania.

Canoeing at Lake PymatuningThis fund was established by the generosity of longtime Conservancy members and outdoor enthusiasts, Roy Weil and Mary Shaw. They strongly believe in the importance of connecting people to nature through hands-on experiences. CADF projects focus on streams in the region that people can canoe or kayak, with an emphasis on easier whitewater that is suitable for novice paddlers. The best reference for identifying these types of streams remains the “Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia,” compiled and edited by Weil and Shaw.

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. We are working with our partners on new projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways through this fund in 2018.

Applying to the Fund

The application period for the Conservancy’s 2018 Canoe Access Development Fund is currently closed. CADF applications are accepted beginning in the fall of each year through mid December, and are awarded each spring. If you have any questions concerning the fund, please contact Eli Long, WPC watershed manager, at elong@paconserve.org or 724-471-7202, ext. 5105.

For More Information:

Watershed Conservation Program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
1067 Philadelphia Street, Suite 101
Indiana, PA 15701