- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Federal officials are trying to recruit a concessionaire for Goose Bay Marina and Campground after $7 million was spent to modernize the facility, with the reopening planned for later this year.

The reopening of Goose Bay follows a four-year debate that ended in 2013 when the government forced 31 trailer owners to move, citing exclusive use regulations.

The family that ran the concessions for three decades decided to quit.

Jerry Reller said there is no chance he will bid on the new concession because of his contract dispute with the government, the Independent Record reported (https://tinyurl.com/gkwmm3z).

Improvements include a marina with a store, fuel, showers, flush toilets, RV dump stations, potable water, campsites and docks.

The 65-acre site along the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry was closed for the 2015 season during construction.

“We are very pleased to see the final pieces of the modernization project coming together,” Area Manager Steve Davies said in a statement. “I expect visitors to the site will find there is a vastly different experience with modern facilities and updated infrastructure, as well as areas that retain less developed characteristics that some campers prefer.”

The 20-year concessions contract includes use of government-owned facilities and supplies provided by the concessionaire. The season runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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