U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 07/20/11|
BLM's Kipp Boat Launch Available for Limited Use
A portion of the boat launch and shuttle parking area at the Kipp Recreation Area (where U.S. Highway 191 crosses the Missouri River, north of Roy) is now available for canoeists and kayakers for taking out of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.
The boat ramp is still heavily compacted with mud up to a couple of feet thick, however the BLM’s force account has cleared a path down the ramp, making it at least useable for canoes and kayaks to launch or take out.
Using the ramp to launch or take out motorized boats on trailers is not recommended and users do so at their own risk. The potential for quickly getting a vehicle/trailer mired down in the excessive mud and sediment is tremendous.
The two main vault toilets at the information kiosk have also been cleaned, repaired and are open for use.
However, the remainder of the Kipp campground will remain closed for repairs following this year’s flood damages.
The BLM is currently gathering cost estimates for cleaning and repairing the camping pads, water lines, other toilets and access roads throughout the popular recreation area.
“We’ll open the campground as quickly as possible, however for public safety and health reasons, the campground will remain closed until we can clean and repair the flood damage,” offered Gary Slagel, the BLM’s Missouri Breaks National Monument Manager.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Lewistown Field Office 920 NE Main Lewistown, MT 5959457
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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