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Reclamation Awards $6.9 Million Contract for Goose Bay Modernization

Media Contact: Tyler Johnson, (406) 247-7609,

For Release: September 04, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $6,960,069 contract to Helena Sand and Gravel for the modernization of the Goose Bay Marina Concession Area at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near Helena, Mont.

"The modernization of the Goose Bay Marina provides the public with an opportunity for increased access to Canyon Ferry Reservoir, as well as injecting a significant financial contribution to the local economy," said Lowell Pimley, Reclamation's Acting Commissioner.

The work is located at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, at the Goose Bay campground, approximately 25 miles north of Townsend, Mont.

"We're pleased at the increased recreation opportunities this modernization will provide the public," said Michael Ryan, Great Plains Regional Director. "This project represents a significant investment and offers an improved access point for the public to enjoy their lands."

According to Brent Esplin, Montana Area Manager, the principal components of the work include developing a marina complete with store, fueling area, showers, flush toilets, RV dump stations, potable water fill stations, day use area, picnic areas, group camping areas, RV campsites, water and wastewater systems, accessible dock access, overnight boat trailer parking, electrical/telephone service, and varied landscaping throughout the area.

"This project is going to transform the Goose Bay Marina into a modern, multi-use facility that will protect the environment and serve the public well," said Esplin.

The Canyon Ferry Unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is a multiple-purpose project that makes an important contribution to the power supply, flood control, and water supplies in the upper Missouri Basin Principal structures are Canyon Ferry Dam and Power Plant, about 17 miles northeast of Helena, Montana.

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