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 Pymatuning

Improving Access for Waterway Recreation

This 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 60 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 Canoe Access Development Fund application period is now CLOSED. 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.


Featured Canoe Access Locations

Utica Access

LOCATION: Utica Borough, Venango County, PA - VIEW ON MAP
ACTIVITIES: Paddling, Non-motorized boating and Fishing
SIZE: 1.49 acres

More Canoe Access Locations to Explore

We're improving access for waterway recreation. Now, grabbing your canoe and finding a place to paddle is much easier, thanks to the 62 river access locations made possible by WPC’s Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF). Learn more about this fund, the generous WPC members who started it and how you can take advantage of great regional paddling trips that were improved with CADF grants.

For More Information:

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