Laughlin Announces Fish and Boat Commission Grants to Improve Lake Erie Fishing Access

HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is accepting applications for its Erie Access Improvement Grant Program through Dec. 30, according to Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie). The program supports projects that provide public fishing access or protect or improve fish habitats on or at Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries, including waters that flow into those tributaries.

Municipal and county governments, as well as nonprofit groups (501c3) – including land trusts, conservancies and watershed associations – are encouraged to apply.

“This grant program is designed to provide anglers in the Erie watershed with the best access to fishing spots. The area is different than others in the state, and the funding will help to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with Lake Erie,” Sen. Laughlin said.

Applicants may seek grants for site acquisition, access development, expansion and rehabilitation, as well as other types of projects that benefit recreational fishing and public fishing access on Lake Erie or its tributaries. Rehabilitation of existing access sites such as construction of access roads and parking lots or bringing facilities into ADA compliance are also eligible for funding. Additionally, habitat projects, fisheries research and fish cleaning stations may receive monies. Funding requests require a 50% match.

More information about the Erie Access Improvement Program and the application is available here.

Contacts:        Senator Laughlin         Matt Azeles       

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