SOBA's 2017 Annual Boating Access Conference
Pure and Wild Access

August 28 – 31, 2017
The Hilton Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska

View our attendee letter and our DRAFT Agenda here.
Registration is Open! Register Online by clicking here 
Member    $395 Guest FULL Program $250
Nonmember    $495 Guest Awards Banquet $75
Daily Registration Fee    $195 Guest Opening Reception $50
Professional Credit Program    $25 Guest Boating Access Site Visit $150
Alumni    $195 Contributor (Non-exhibiting consultant, etc) $500
  By Aug. 1st After Aug. 1st
Exhibitor Inside Single Booth $750 $895
Exhibitor Inside Double Booth $1,300 $1,450
Exhibitor Add an additional individual $350 $350

The conference theme, Pure and Wild Access, was chosen to reflect Alaska’s unique challenges in developing and maintaining access in a state providing large tracts of undeveloped land in a rugged and unspoiled landscape.

View our attendee letter and our DRAFT Agenda here. If you are interested in presenting at the 2017 National Boating Access Conference or have questions, please contact Paul Cyr at or (907) 267-2264; or Valerie Thompson at or (907) 267-2164. 

Please feel free to book your rooms at the Hilton today! August is one of Alaska’s busiest times for tourism so please book your hotel soon! The room block has been reserved for August 22nd until September 4th. If you have any issues using the link below, please contact Molly Booth at the Hilton at 907-265-7155.

Follow this link for our group code:

Alaska Airlines has graciously given SOBA Conference attendees a 5% discount on airfare to and from Anchorage. Alaska Airlines has set up a unique code for SOBA attendees. For more information on how to use this code please follow this link:

If you are interested in obtaining some Professional Development Hours (PDH) of continuing education in order to maintain your professional standing, you have the option of enrolling when you register online.

Visit Anchorage has provided SOBA with a number of activities guests can do in and around Anchorage. Please click here for a full list of activities and links to their individual websites.

In addition, there are also many fishing opportunities within driving distance from Anchorage with guide assistance in both salt and fresh water. The Kenai Sportfishing Association has suggested Master Guide Reuben Hanke as a great resource, for more information click here. Alaska is an angler's paradise and other fishing information can be found on Visit Anchorage's Fishing Trips webpage. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also updates their South Central Fishing Reports throughout the season. Please visit the Alaska Fishing Report for more information.

Finally the Alaska State Fair will be occurring during the same week as the conference. The State Fair is in Palmer, however Alaska Railroad provides "Fair Trains" from Anchorage to the fairgrounds.


SOBA reminds conference attendees that certain costs are eligible under USFWS grants (Boating Access, CVA), in particular, memberships and certain conference costs. See excerpt below from the applicable OMB Circular.


2 CFR 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and
Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

Subpart E - Cost Principles

§200.432   Conferences.

A conference is defined as a meeting, retreat, seminar, symposium, workshop or event whose primary purpose is the dissemination of technical information beyond the non-Federal entity and is necessary and reasonable for successful performance under the Federal award. Allowable conference costs paid by the non-Federal entity as a sponsor or host of the conference may include rental of facilities, speakers' fees, costs of meals and refreshments, local transportation, and other items incidental to such conferences unless further restricted by the terms and conditions of the Federal award. As needed, the costs of identifying, but not providing, locally available dependent-care resources are allowable. Conference hosts/sponsors must exercise discretion and judgment in ensuring that conference costs are appropriate, necessary and managed in a manner that minimizes costs to the Federal award. The Federal awarding agency may authorize exceptions where appropriate for programs including Indian tribes, children, and the elderly. See also §§200.438 Entertainment costs, 200.456 Participant support costs, 200.474 Travel costs, and 200.475 Trustees.

§200.454   Memberships, subscriptions, and professional activity costs.
(a) Costs of the non-Federal entity's membership in business, technical, and professional organizations are allowable.
(b) Costs of the non-Federal entity's subscriptions to business, professional, and technical periodicals are allowable.
(c) Costs of membership in any civic or community organization are allowable with prior approval by the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity.
(d) Costs of membership in any country club or social or dining club or organization are unallowable.
(e) Costs of membership in organizations whose primary purpose is lobbying are unallowable. See also §200.450 Lobbying.
§200.474   Travel costs.

(a) General. Travel costs are the expenses for transportation, lodging, subsistence, and related items incurred by employees who are in travel status on official business of the non-Federal entity. Such costs may be charged on an actual cost basis, on a per diem or mileage basis in lieu of actual costs incurred, or on a combination of the two, provided the method used is applied to an entire trip and not to selected days of the trip, and results in charges consistent with those normally allowed in like circumstances in the non-Federal entity's non-federally-funded activities and in accordance with non-Federal entity's written travel reimbursement policies. Notwithstanding the provisions of §200.444 General costs of government, travel costs of officials covered by that section are allowable with the prior written approval of the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity when they are specifically related to the Federal award. 


The Lacy E. “Nick” Nichols Education Fund provides a resource to members who have a desire to further their knowledge and expertise in boating access and related issues through continuing education, who are in good standing, and who have made contributions to SOBA in some way.   The Education Fund can only be used to defray costs specifically affiliated with attending the annual SOBA conference, be it for the twenty-five percent non-federal matching fund for Sport Fish Restoration, Clean Vessel Act or Boating Infrastructure Grant Programs, or other conference related expenses (e.g. travel costs, accommodation, registration fees).

Applications are being accepted until May 31st. Please click for more information or the nomination form.

Please contact Al Wolslegel (Chair) for more information or for any questions you might have,


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