2013 Boating Infrastructure Grants

Funding for the Boating Infrastructure Grant program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and gasoline. 

Grantees use Boating Infrastructure Grant funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. Grantees may also use funds to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.

Shoal Bay Marina Redevelopment, Logan County, Ark.

BIG grant: $1,215,841; non-Federal match: $721,175; total project cost: $1,937,016

The Arkansas Department of Health will provide support to several contributors to redevelop the Shoal Bay Marina, which was destroyed by fire about 15 years ago. Features will include 19 new slips, pump-out services, shore power, seven mooring buoys, navigational aids and security lighting for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. The development will link transient vessel traffic between Little Rock Yacht Club in Arkansas and the City of Tulsa, Okla., along the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle.

City of Rio Vista Guest Dock, Rio Vista, Calif.

BIG grant: $225,000; non-Federal match: $75,000; total project cost: $300,000

The California Department of Boating and Waterways will support efforts of the City of Rio Vista to replace a deteriorated dock for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. The dock will provide seven slips for eligible vessels, increasing opportunities for transient boaters to visit and enjoy the central San Francisco-San Joaquin Delta area.

Thamesport Marina Transient Docks, New London, Conn.

BIG grant: $1,430,975; non-Federal match: $502,775; total project cost: $1,933,750

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Outdoor Programs will support the Thamesport Marina in Greens Harbor, New London in creating dockage space for up to 54 transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. The marina provides easy boating access to Long Island Sound, drawing boaters to enjoy the cultural, scenic, and historic sites of the City of New London and beyond.

Gulfport Casino Dock Redevelopment, Gulfport, Fla.

BIG grant: $112,613; non-Federal match: $268,137; total project cost: $380,750

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will support the City of Gulfport to construct a floating dock with 10 slips for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels up to 45 feet long. This ADA compliant project will serve as an economic catalyst for revitalization of downtown Gulfport.

Madeira Beach Municipal Marina Redevelopment, Madeira Beach, Fla.

BIG grant: $322,516; non-Federal match: $499,550; total project cost: $822,066

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will support the City of Madeira Beach in a project to replace and upgrade facilities for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. The project will provide 14 slips and four moorings, as well as additional amenities such as pump-out stations and a fuel dock for eligible vessels.

Lahaina Roadstead Offshore Mooring Installation, Lahaina, Hawaii

BIG grant: $248,500; non-Federal match: $248,500; total project cost: $497,000

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation will partner with the Lahaina Yacht Club and the Malama Kai Foundation to design and install 20 new permanent offshore moorings for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels in the designated Lahaina Roadstead mooring area. These moorings will expand a marina at maximum capacity while improving safety and protecting the area’s coral reefs.

Belfast Harbor Waterfront Rehabilitation, Belfast, Maine

BIG grant: $120,897; non-Federal match: $120,897; total project cost: $241,795

The Maine Department of Transportation will partner with the Town of Belfast and the Front Street Shipyard to construct 18 new slips and 15 new moorings for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels, providing additional berths for a total of 33 eligible vessels. Additional amenities include shore power, wireless internet, and two new restrooms and shower facilities.

Annapolis City Dock Improvement, Annapolis, Md.

BIG grant: $1,500,000; non-Federal match: $2,703,478; total project cost: $4,203,478

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Division of Boating Services will support the City of Annapolis in a project to rebuild deteriorated facilities for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels at the City Dock. The project will provide space for 18 eligible boats while replacing utility services such as power and water.            

Seaport Landing Marina Transient Boat Access, Lynn, Mass.

BIG grant: $267,700; non-Federal match: $100,000; total project cost: $367,700

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will support the City of Lynn’s Seaport Landing Marina in a project to develop new dockage for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. Currently, there are no adequate public facilities within Lynn Harbor for transient boaters to safely dock their boats. The project will install 12 ADA compliant slips and provide a deep-water safe harbor.

Port Austin State Harbor Dock Renovation, Port Austin, Mich.

BIG grant: $747,250; non-Federal match: $747,250; total project cost: $1,494,500

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation seeks to provide a safe and convenient stop for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels traveling between Detroit/Port Huron and Mackinaw City. The project will add up to 42 slips, utility pedestals, water and related amenities, which will increase use of the State Harbor by eligible boaters by an estimated 75 percent.

Ironton Riverfront Boat Ramp and Docks, Ironton, Ohio

BIG grant: $636,000; non-Federal match: $212,634; total project cost: $848,634

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft will support the City of Ironton in a project to construct a floating dock for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels with 30 slips, a concrete docking area and retaining wall, sidewalks, shore power, and lighting. The project will encourage transient watercraft use of the Ironton River Front, located along the southeastern Ohio River.            

Port of Arlington Marine Fuel Station and Utility Upgrade,
Arlington, Ore.

BIG grant: $190,191; non-Federal match: $129,809; total project cost: $320,000

The Oregon State Marine Board’s Boating Facilities Program will support a project in the Town of Arlington to build a new fuel station and other features at a key location on the Columbia River. Currently, there is no accessible fuel for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels traveling between the Port of The Dalles and the Port of Umatilla, a distance of 100 miles. The ADA compliant facility will also provide shore power and water.

Bristol Borough Waterfront Improvement, Bristol, Pa.

BIG grant: $1,492,195; non-Federal match: $999,355; total project cost: $2,491,550

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will partner with the Bucks County Riverfront Program to install 25 new day slips for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey. The ADA-compliant project also will include new educational signage, lighting, and breakwater structures to protect the facility.

Ann Street Public Pier Project, Newport, R.I.

BIG grant: $740,000; non-Federal match: $260,000; total project cost: $1,000,000

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife, will support the City of Newport in a project to build a floating dock to accommodate up to 22 transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. The project also includes installation of utilities and a public dinghy dock in the heart of Newport’s downtown area.           

Downtown Chattanooga Transient Docks, Chattanooga, Tenn.

BIG grant: $1,285,868; non-Federal match: $3,857,607; total project cost: $5,143,475

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will partner with the City of Chattanooga to build or extend guest dockage for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels at four prominent locations along the south shore of the Tennessee River. Each location will include up to 10 slips, for a total of 40 new slips for eligible vessels.

Deltaville Marina Transient Pier, Deltaville, Va.

BIG grant: $743,891; non-Federal match: $261,367; total project cost: $1,005,258

The Virginia Department of Health’s Marina Programs Division will partner with the Town of Deltaville to build a new floating dock with finger piers at Deltaville Marina, on Jackson Creek, providing access to the Chesapeake Bay. The project will provide a total of 34 boat slips for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels. Shore power will also be extended to these new slips.