Great Falls Man Faces Backlash Over Proposed Fishing Dock

Neighbors who say it's not safe for river floaters and would harm the view

By Molly Priddy

CASCADE — A man’s plan to build a retractable fishing dock along the Missouri River south of Cascade faces backlash from his neighbors who say it’s not safe for river floaters and would harm the view in an area through which the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled 1805.

The Great Falls Tribune reports retired farmer Leonard Matteson received permits from the Cascade County Conservation District and the Army Corps of Engineers, but didn’t realize he needed a floodplain permit. The county issued a cease-and-desist order in July and Matteson applied for the needed permit.

Elaine Olson is president of the subdivision’s homeowner’s association. She says Matteson has not been honest about his eventual plan to use the dock as part of an electricity generation project.

Matteson says he may do that in the future, but right now he is only seeking to build a fishing dock.


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