ERIE ACCESS IMPROVEMENT GRANT PROGRAM
The Erie Access Improvement Grant Program was made possible by Act 159 of 2004 which created a new Lake Erie stamp (required for anglers fishing in the Lake Erie watershed) and a Combination Lake Erie Trout/Salmon stamp. The Act provides that the proceeds from the sale of Lake Erie permits are to be deposited into a restricted account within the Fish Fund to “be used to provide public fishing access on or at Lake Erie and the watersheds of Lake Erie.”
Government entities and other nonprofit, sporting and conservation organizations may identify acquisition and development needs in the Erie watershed and request Commission funding to assist in addressing these needs. Eligible projects include acquisition of lands and property rights including easements, and/or development of lands to improve and/or maintain angler access.
The Commission initiated this grant program to ensure that anglers in the Erie watershed have the highest quality access to fishing opportunities. The opportunities afforded by Lake Erie and its tributary streams are unique, and we want to work with partners to improve the existing situation.
Questions regarding the program can be directed to Scott Bollinger at (717) 346-8196.