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Canyon Ferry No Wake Zone

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is taking public comment on a proposal to institute a no-wake zone 200 feet from shore on the northern end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

The commission approved the proposal for comment at a meeting in Helena on Wednesday. At the meeting, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks presented public comment on an earlier proposal to institute no-wake zones near popular boat launches. Recreation program manager Phil Kilbreath said the agency received general support but also several requests to mirror boating regulations in western Montana, where the 200-foot rule is in place for all waters of more than 35 acres.

FWP believes the 200-foot no-wake zone is unnecessary on much of the lake with undeveloped shoreline but makes sense on the northern portion where most cabin sites are concentrated.

“This 200-foot no-wake zone would allow there to be a general buffer zone in front of the cabins,” Kilbreath told the commission. “We feel that it could improve safety considering cabin sites have a lot of traffic in and out of them. It also provides a zone where nonmotorized boaters can operate without having to be in direct contact with boats with wakes.”

Wednesday’s action sends the new proposal out again for public comment, and the commission will take action at a later meeting. For more information or to comment, go to http://fwp.mt.gov/.

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Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin

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Natural Resources Reporter

Natural Resources Reporter / Assistant Editor for The Independent Record.

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