City of Great Falls Montana

Attention Water Craft Users:

For many years the Great Falls Park and Recreation Department received numerous complaints regarding conflicts between water craft users and other use, particularly swimming at the Broadwater Bay docks. The Park and Recreation Department, as well as other City officials, are concerned with the safety issues resulting from the multi-use of the area. City park rules designate the boat docks as “no swimming”, however monitoring of this rule had been difficult.

Broadwater Bay is open between April through October from dawn to dusk. Docking and picnic facilities are available. No rentals are available. Absolutely no swimming/diving off docks. As a result of past problems and enforcement, the Park and Recreation department, with the approval of the City Commission hired Park Monitors for the Broadwater Bay area. These individuals are responsible for:

  • Insuring that the area is used by water craft only;
  • Monitoring parking and safety of users;
  • Provide assistance to water craft users as needed;
  • Keeping the area clean of litter and garbage; cleaning restrooms as needed.

The Park Monitor has the authority to contact law enforcement if park rules are not followed or problems occur.

To cover the costs of personnel we have implemented a launch fee of $3 per day per water craft or $35 per season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) per water craft. Seasonal launch passes will be available at Broadwater Bay or at the Park and Recreation Department.