Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Tuesday helped celebrate a new boat launch and riverfront access on the Juniata River in McVeytown, Mifflin County.
“Pennsylvania has 2,100 miles of water trails statewide, and we are continually seeking additional access points for the public so they can get out and have fun on the water,” Dunn said. “This boat launch is the only access point on a 22-mile stretch of the Juniata, so this project is a great accomplishment.”
Mifflin County received a $125,000 DCNR grant for the boat launch at 155 River Road. Partners on the project include the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, municipal governments that will maintain the site, and Raymond and Arlene Byler who leased the launch property to the county.
“The water trail and boat launch have strong potential to increase recreation-related businesses and spending along the Juniata,” Dunn said.
DCNR’s work connected to water quality and conservation includes increasing public access to waterways for recreation through its Community Conservation Partnership Program that supports rivers conservation plans. Increasing the number of river access points also is a goal for the statewide outdoor recreation plan, and for the Chesapeake Bay Program.
The Juniata River is one of 26 designated water trails in Pennsylvania. Secretary Dunn thanked the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area for managing the trail.
Two more boat launches in Mapleton and Mt. Union along the Juniata are currently in the permitting process.
A water trail is a boat route suitable for canoes, kayaks and small motorized crafts. DCNR works in cooperation with the Fish and Boat Commission, NPS and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to provide guidance and management for water trails.For more information on all types of trails in Pennsylvania visit the Explore PA Trails website.