Recreation Resources Management

To provide cost-share opportunities with non-Federal recreation partners (e.g., state, county, local governments, etc.), to assist in planning, development, operation, maintenance, and replacement of recreation and fish and wildlife resource facilities at partner managed Reclamation project recreation

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Cost-share cooperative agreements were awarded to a number of non-federal partners, such as states or counties, in an effort to facilitate planning and development of recreation and fish and wildlife facilities on various Bureau of Reclamation water project recreation areas.

These projects were identified primarily through existing resource management plans (RMPs), budget availability, and in coordination with managing partners.

Many of the projects funded promote active and health youth opportunities on public lands and waters through development and/or expansion of outdoor day-use and camping facilities, water access points to enjoy fisheries, hunting, sport shooting facilities, etc.

Provided below are just some of the many examples of cost-share funded projects in Reclamation.

The Tri-Cities Joint Job Development Authority (JJDA) of North Dakota (ND) completed cost share projects consisting of a fish cleaning station, a playground, a hiking trail, and camper cabins at Heart Butte Reservoir.

Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department of ND contributed funding towards the Crooked Crane hiking trail at Edward A.

Patterson Lake which is currently in progress.

The Stutsman County Parks Board in ND began the development of the Pelican Point recreation site at Jamestown Reservoir.

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (SDGFP) contributed to the development of recreation at Shadehill, Angostura, Belle Fourche, and James Diversion Lakeside.

In addition, SDGFP also contributed funding for enhancement of wildlife facilities and habitat improvements on Reclamation lands.

Wyoming State Parks and Trails has constructed camper cabins and a shower house at Keyhole Recreation Area.

Larimer County has completed construction of the South Shore Campgrounds.

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District completed construction of ADA accessible bathroom and shower facilities and is in progress of completing a sewer line, and dump station in the campground area.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department completed several cost share projects including accessible comfort stations, and a swim beach route.

The development of other accessible comfort station projects are currently in progress.

The Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District completed an accessible fishing dock with an associated sidewalk and parking lot. Oregon State Parks and Recreation (OSPR) completed repair of an aging boat ramp at Unity Reservoir campground.

Washington County Parks and Recreation is in progress of completing an accessibility retrofits at Henry Hagg Scoggins Dam.

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is in progress of completing construction of an accessible fishing pier and retrofit.

California State Parks and Recreation (CSPR) has made progress on the South Shore Service Yard at Millerton Lake.

Casitas Municipal Water District is in the process of completing recreation improvements at Lake Casitas.

CSPR received funding for the Auburn Recreation Area Resource Management Plan.

The Nevada Division of State Parks also provided cost share for recreation planning, and O&M activities at Lahontan Recreation Area.

Colusa County contributed funding to an ADA Disk Golf course. The Pine River Irrigation District is in the process of providing operation, maintenance, and replacement (OM&R) of recreation facilities at Vallecito Reservoir.

New Mexico State Parks received funding for facility improvements and O&M at Reclamation?s reservoirs in New Mexico. Utah State Parks completed rehabilitation at Deer Creek Recreation Area and is in the process of rehabilitation work at Steinaker Recreation Area.

The City of Durango, CO and Pine River Irrigation District are seeking funding O&M activities.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Pacific Northwest Region: (208) 378-5228; Mid-Pacific Region: (916) 978-5558; Lower Colorado Region: (702) 293-8375; Upper Colorado Region: (801) 524-3664; Great Plains Region: (406) 247-7714.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Jackson, County Of $ 76,000   2021-08-022026-09-30
Parks And Recreation, Idaho Department Of $ 528,763   2021-07-012026-06-30
Cascade, City Of $ 182,500   2020-09-212025-09-30
Washington, County Of $ 1,000,000   2020-09-142025-09-30
Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Department Of $ 100,000   2020-09-022025-09-30
Washington, County Of $ 2,160,000   2020-09-142025-09-30
Washington, County Of $ 140,000   2020-09-142025-09-30
State Parks And Recreation, Oregon Department Of $ 100,000   2020-08-312025-09-30
Power, County Of $ 54,000   2020-02-182024-09-30
Larimer, County Of $ 329,500   2021-01-012023-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Recreation lease agreements with Reclamation?s non-Federal managing partners facilitate long-term recreation and fish and wildlife management at Reclamation project recreation areas. Proactive collaboration among Reclamation and managing partnerships result in short- and long-term work plans to identify target projects that meet priority public safety needs, accessibility requirements and sustainable cost-share investments that benefit both recreation visitors as well as habitat enhancements for wildlife and fisheries, in accordance with policies and regulations. Program accomplishments at Reclamation?s project recreation areas include, but are not limited to the following: development and improvements to recreation areas, including campgrounds, fishing ponds, playgrounds, picnic tables, shade shelters, and other outdoor recreation facilities; open space management; design and engineering of recreation areas; youth conservation activities; reduction of fuels and vegetation; planning; operation and maintenance (O&M) activities; development of cabins and hiking trails; wildlife enhancement and habitat improvements; ADA accessible day use areas, including comfort stations and shower facilities; dump stations; construction of a visitor center; management of wildlife area; water systems; RV electricity connections; campground and recreation area stabilization; fish cleaning stations; an accessible fishing dock with sidewalk and parking; and utility repair. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cost share agreements are used to provide assistance to non-Federal managing partners, who currently manage or will be managing one or more Reclamation project recreation areas, for the long-term management and care of publicly-owned recreation resources, and for the planning, construction and other facets of improving recreation access and assets.

Concession contracts are not authorized by the above authorities.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Non-Federal managing partners (e.g., state, county, local government entities, etc.), that currently manage or will be managing one or more Reclamation project recreation areas.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Non-Federal recreation management partners.


Pub. L. 89-72, as amended, requires that prospective non-Federal managing partners that will be entering into long-term agreements for management of Reclamation project recreation areas indicate their intent in writing to administer Reclamation project recreation areas and enter into such long-term agreements for management of recreation and fish and wildlife facilities. Management agreements must be current for existing partners. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for categorical exclusion, environmental assessment, or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. State and local governments that have managing partner agreements with Reclamation submit proposals with detailed scopes of work and budgets for recreation as well as fish and wildlife improvement projects.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened by Bureau of Reclamation personnel for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications are reviewed by the Bureau of Reclamation office having administrative jurisdiction of the land and water areas being considered for public recreation purposes.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Federal Water Projects Recreation Act of 1965, Pub. L. 89-72 as amended; Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-575, Title XXVIII.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be communicated to the Recipient. The financial assistance agreements are renewable if both the Bureau of Reclamation and the state or local partners are in mutual agreement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: In the case of recreation development, a minimum cost share of 50 percent is required from a non-Federal partner. For fish and wildlife enhancement projects, the Federal share is exactly 75 percent of the project cost. (16 U.S.C. 460l-13(a)). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements are typically for 1 to 5 years depending on the type of project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

For Recovery Act projects, quarterly reporting is required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on a quarterly basis the Federal Financial Report SF 425.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Federal Financial Report SF 425.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $7,490,397; FY 18 est $8,960,439; and FY 19 est $6,288,761

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $485,000 to $2,500,000 Average $3,398,215.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below. Program information is included in the Reclamation Manual, Directive and Standards, Implementing Cost-Sharing Authorities for Recreation and Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Facilities, LND 01-01, available at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Pacific Northwest Region: (208) 378-5228; Mid-Pacific Region: (916) 978-5558; Lower Colorado Region: (702) 293-8375; Upper Colorado Region: (801) 524-3664; Great Plains Region: (406) 247-7714.

Headquarters Office

Jerome Jackson P.O. Box 25007 (84-57000), Denver, Colorado 80225-0007 Email: Phone: 303-445-2712

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In no priority order and at the discretion of each Reclamation office, cost-share funding will be given to proposals that will: (a) Provide for the public?s health and safety; (b) Comply with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations (c) Protect critical resources such as wetlands, critical wildlife habitat, endangered and threatened species, and cultural resources; and/or (d) Modernize existing facilities to meet current standards.

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