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Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Goose Bay Marina Modernization Project Study

Looking over the boat slips at Goose Bay Marina, Canyon Ferry, Mont.
Looking over the boat slips at Goose Bay Marina, Canyon Ferry, Mont.

This web site provides information about planning efforts for the Goose Bay Marina Recreation Area.

Goose Bay Marina is located on the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near the midway point, north of Townsend, Mont. The bay is among the largest on the reservoir serving as a marina, and is a deep-water bay.

You can use this page to sign up for our mailing list, or use our RSS feed to receive automatic updates when information on this page changes. There are also copies of related documents, maps and other study materials associated with the planning process.

Reclamation has been keeping the public informed and gathering comments on the Goose Bay Marina Modernization Study through a series of public meetings, mailings and other outreach tools, such as this web site.

Update Jan. 13, 2014:

In Nov. 2013, Reclamation’s Montana Area Office released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Goose Bay Marina Modernization Project. Comments were accepted on the Draft EA until Dec. 21, 2013.

The EA examines the environmental impacts of the modernization project, will be available to the public, along with design drawings depicting the proposed layout of the facilities.

Reclamation expects to receive the 90 Percent Design Submission in early 2014, with final specifications to be completed in April.

If you have questions, please contact us.

Current News and Background Information:

Canyon Ferry Reservoir Developed Recreation AreasIn Feb., Reclamation requested a feasibility design study, including layout of marina facilities, roads, trails, camping pads, parking lots, wastewater systems and other site developments. A base level of development and a potential phased expansion to a high level of development were included in the feasibility design.

The feasibility design study, which was completed in May, includes the following facilities and services:

The study also considered a potential RV dump station, flush toilets and showers, vault toilets, a potable water fill station, updated electrical supply system, year-round storage for boats and RVs, a fish cleaning station, overnight boat trailer storage area, day use / picnic areas, as well as shoreline and interior trails to promote easy access to site amenities.

Through extensive public involvement, Reclamation has determined that there are a variety of public interests in the way Goose Bay is managed, the majority which are recreation-related.

Note: While the modernization study will produce designs for a complete future build-out of Goose Bay Marina, the improvements that are constructed will be dependent on available funding.

Potential Improvements:

The photos below are from Appendix F in the Draft EA for the Recreation Master Plan for Goose Bay. These photos show existing locations (left column) next to some of the updates proposed under the different alternatives presented in the EA. Click on a photo below to open a larger version.

Existing Location     Proposed Dry Boat Storage Facility

Existing Location     Proposed Fish Cleaning Station

Existing Location     Proposed Handicap Fishing Pier, Screened Group Shelter and Waiting Dock

Existing Location     Proposed Park Model Mobile Cabins

Existing Location     Proposed Satellite Store & Dock

Existing Location     Proposed Docks - Scooter Bay

Last Updated: January 13, 2014

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