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Reclamation Announces Change to Group Use Shelter Reservation Process at Canyon Ferry

Media Contact: Paula Holwegner, (406) 247-7300,
Michael Odle, (406) 247-7609,

For Release: January 12, 2009

To more equitably accommodate increasing public demand for group use shelters at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, the Bureau of Reclamation is instituting new procedures for handling group use shelter reservation requests. Beginning with the 2009 recreation season, a random drawing method will replace the first-come, first-served method used in previous years. To be eligible for the drawing, group use shelter reservation request forms must be received at the Canyon Ferry Office by close of business on February 18, 2009. The drawing will be held on February 19 and the results will be made available immediately. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for locations and dates still available after the February 19 drawing. Group use shelter reservation request forms and additional information can be obtained by contacting Reclamations Canyon Ferry Office at 7700 Canyon Ferry Road, Helena, MT 59602 or 406-475-3921. Reservation forms can also be downloaded at the following website:

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