Renewing State Fishing Piers
Install fishing piers at 20 statewide locations (15 replacements and 5 new) with the goal of improving fishing opportunities especially for people with disabilities, children, elderly and those without a boat.
About the Issue
The fishing pier program was created in 1984. Many of the piers that were installed prior to 1990 are aging beyond repair and need to be replaced or removed. There are also dozens of requests for new fishing pier facilities. Fishing piers provide many benefits to the public including: 1) Providing a safe and convenient place to fish, instead of from bridges, steep rocky embankments or fragile shoreland areas. 2) Enable and encourage anglers of all ages and abilities to fish. 3) Facilitate fishing clinics and derbies which introduces fishing to new participants. 4) Connects people to the outdoors. 5) Can be the heart of a community or main component of a park.