BLM RECREATION SITES ON HOLTER AND HAUSER LAKES OPEN MAY 11
All Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recreation sites near Helena officially open on May 11 when services will be provided and recreation fees collected.
Holter Lake, Log Gulch and Departure Point Campgrounds on Holter Lake are popular with anglers and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy water-based recreation. The campgrounds were renovated in 2004 and include camping spots, boat docks, fish cleaning stations, fishing access, toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, potable water, and swimming areas. Group shelters at Log Gulch and Holter Lake are available for group reservations.
On Hauser Lake, Devil’s Elbow Campground provides docks, a fish cleaning station, toilets, tables, fire rings, potable water, a boat launch, fishing access and a swimming area. At nearby Clark’s Bay day-use area, visitors will find a boat launch, swimming area and shaded picnic tables. Group shelters at Devil’s Elbow and Clark’s Bay are available for group reservations. In addition, an interpretive site known as Two Camps Vista is open to the public at no charge. Two Camps is located north of Lakeside just off York Road and above Devil’s Elbow Campground.
Clark’s Bay will be closed from June 4-22 for paving of the boat ramp parking lots and swim beach trails. Devil’s Elbow, Clark’s Bay day-use and Two Camps Vista will be periodically closed from August 6-17 for chip sealing of all existing asphalt surfaces.
White Sandy Recreation Site on Hauser Lake just south of Black Sandy Campground will open for public use at 8 a.m. on May 25. A dedication ceremony will be held at the campground at 10 a.m. on May 24th hosted by the BLM and PPL Montana. This new 32-unit campground will provide a boat launch with courtesy docks and trailer parking, a fish cleaning station, toilets, tables, fire rings, potable water, a swimming area and picnic shelters.
Fees at the above sites with the exception of White Sandy are:
Camping = $10/night
Day Use = $2/vehicle
Seasonal Day Use Pass = $25/vehicle
Group Picnic Reservations = $50 + $2/vehicle (Holter Lake, Log Gulch and Clark’s Bay)
Group Camping Reservations = $50 + $10/night (Devil’s Elbow and Log Gulch)
The Holter Dam Site located on the Missouri River immediately below the lake along Holter Dam Road also opens May 11 with camping at $6/night. This site will be closed to the public from July 30 through the remainder of the season for site improvements. Project work includes a new concrete boat ramp, concrete toilet, parking lot modifications, new water system and camp unit improvements.
The Beartooth Landing boat-in site located upriver from Holter Lake and across from Ming Bar is now open. No fees are charged at this site.
All fees are half price for those who possess an interagency Senior Pass or Access Pass (formerly the Golden Age or Golden Access Passport). To qualify, you must be 62 years of age or permanently disabled. For passport information and more information about any of the Bureau of Land Management recreation sites in the Hauser or Holter Lake area, contact one of the following BLM numbers:
Butte Field Office, 533-7600
Devil’s Elbow, 227-3570
Holter Lake, 235-4314
Log Gulch, 235-4480.
White Sandy, 458-4744