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Boating Improvement Programs Funded Across State


Fri Aug 23 00:00:00 MDT 2002

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that seven local government entities across the state will receive nearly $150,000 to fund boating improvement projects.

Communities receiving grants ranged from Libby on the Kootenai River to Billings on the Yellowstone River. Improvements planned include construction and rehabilitation of boat ramps, parking areas, signs, and restroom facilities. Grants were awarded to:

Sanders County/Trout Creek

Trout Creek Boat Ramp



Coulson Park Boat Ramp



Lake Frances Access Enhancement



Itch-kep-pe Park Improvements



River Park Boat Ramp

$ 8,998


Whitefish City Beach Ramp


Lincoln County

Savage Lake Boating Access


The grant funds were available to make improvements at local government-owned or operated public boating sites. The grant program provides up to 80 percent of the funding required for qualifying projects, while the local government sponsors provide 20 percent of the project's matching funds.

All grant applications were reviewed and scored by FWP and the Boating Advisory Committee, a citizens group that advises FWP on boating-related issues.

Additional information is available by calling the FWP Parks Division at 406-444-3750 or by writing to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Grants Program, 1420 East Sixth Ave., Helena, MT 59620-0701.