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Boat Access Area Development Program Boating Image

The Boat Access Area Development Program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion/rehabilitation, including necessary A/E services, of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois' lakes and rivers. The program provides up to 100% of approved project construction costs and 90% of approved land acquisition costs. Grant awards are limited to a $200,000 annual maximum per project.

Cal-Sag Channel / Howe's Landing, Alsip
Cal-Sag Channel/Howe's Landing, Alsip


Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR between July 1 and September 1 of each calendar year. Grant awards are typically announced the following spring. Revenue for this state funded program is derived from marine motor fuel tax and boat/canoe registration fees.

  Examples of eligible project activities include:

Water frontage land acquisition for public access areas; and

New construction or renovation of:

  • boat/canoe launching ramps and courtesy docks;
  • restrooms and security lighting;
  • parking areas, access roads and walkways; and
  • other boating related facilities deemed appropriate by IDNR.

Complete and Submit your Boat Access Area Grant Application using the new ONLINE application system. This is a direct submital of your application.

Download the Boat Access Area Development Program Grant manual Link to BAAD Manual. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or above to view this file.

Link to planning, development and facility guidesDownload Planning, Development and Facility Guides by clicking here.

An Acrobat Reader is needed to view and print PDF documents.  To download Acrobat Reader 5.0, go to the Adobe Site at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

Accessibility tools for Adobe PDF documents are available that allow visually disabled users to read documents in Adobe PDF format. These tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by many screen reading programs. These tools can be downloaded from Adobe at http://access.adobe.com/tools.html.

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