Fishing and Boating Access Strategy
Pennsylvania’s Fishing and Boating Access Strategy is aimed at giving the state’s 2.5 million boaters and 1.4 million fishermen increased access levels to existing waterways.
In 2008, PEC worked alongside the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) among others, to develop Pennsylvania’s Fishing and Boating Access Strategy. In the PFBC’s five–year strategic plan, fishing and boating were identified as “keys to the quality of life of Pennsylvanians.”
This strategy was aimed at providing Pennsylvania’s 2.5 million boaters and 1.4 million fishermen with increased access and entry to the state’s 85,000 miles of streams and rivers and 161,445 acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. Fishing generates a state economic impact of more than $1.6 billion while the impact of boating is slightly higher at $1.7 billion.
PEC assumed a leadership role in conducting public meetings to reach stakeholders during the planning process, and gauge community perception on access to the Commonwealth’s waterways. As a result of these stakeholder meetings, the PFBC opened the Boating Facility Grant Program to land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations.
Centering around the state’s 52 Hydrologic Unit Code 8 (HUC) watersheds of greater than fifty square miles, the PFBC adopted a two-tiered approach to measure existing and future access opportunities.