Water Recreation Access Cost-Share Program
Funding provided for constructing or improving boat access facilities to Iowa’s lakes and streams.
Eligible Project Criteria
Development projects include, but are not limited to:
Parking lots for vehicles and trailers of boaters utilizing ramps
Access roads to ramps and parking
Shoreline protection measures
Signs and markers
Support facilities (sidewalks, utilities, landscaping, etc.)
Canoe/small boat access and parking
Survey and engineering services
Diagnostic feasibility studies
Watershed protection and lake basin restoration
Acquisition of lands to be used for recreational boating/canoeing access
Additional Requirements and Information
In order for a project site to be eligible for a development grant, it must be under the physical control of the grant applicant, either by fee title, lease, management agreement or easement.
The project must have a cost share eligible estimate of $1,000.
The application must be submitted and approved prior to expenditure of funds by the local sponsor.
Approved projects are funded on a 75% state to 25% local cost share.
If a political subdivision is managing a DNR property under a long term agreement, the funding can be 100% state.
Sponsors wishing to furnish their own equipment and labor can receive 100% of the cost of materials for the project.
Projects can also be funded at 50% Federal Coast Guard and 50% Marine Fuel Tax if federal funds are available.
This is a reimbursement program.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Political Subdivisions of the State of Iowa. Two or more local public agencies may join together to carry out a water access project; however, only one local agency will be allowed to serve as the primary sponsor.
Notification of awarded funding will take place shortly after the application goes through a review process.
Department of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725–8441