U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
|Release Date: 05/04/11|
BLM Recreation Sites On Holter, Hauser Lakes Open May 12
BUTTE (May 1, 2012) – All Bureau of Land Management recreation sites near Helena officially open on May 12. At that time, the BLM will begin providing services and collecting fees, which remain unchanged from last year.
In the Holter Lake area, BLM sites include Holter Lake, Log Gulch, Departure Point and Beartooth Landing on the lake and Holter Dam located immediately below the lake on the Missouri River. Beartooth Landing is a boat-in only site located upriver across from Ming Bar. This site provides spectacular views of the east side of the Sleeping Giant’s “face.”
Amenities at the larger campgrounds include RV and tent camping spots, boat docks, fish-cleaning stations, shoreline fishing access, toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, potable water, garbage dumpsters, picnic shelters and swimming areas. Log Gulch and Holter Lake also have large shelters available for group reservations.
BLM sites at Hauser Lake include Clark’s Bay, Two Camps Vista, Devil’s Elbow, White Sandy and Spokane Bay, which is only accessible by boat or by foot from the Spokane Bay Trailhead located off Kier Lane Road. Amenities at the larger campgrounds include RV camping spots, boat docks, fish-cleaning stations, toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, potable water, garbage dumpsters, picnic shelters and swimming areas. In addition, there are large shelters available for group reservations at Clark’s Bay, Devil’s Elbow and White Sandy.
Improvements made last year include a chip seal application of all asphalt roads and parking lots at the Log Gulch and Departure Point sites; construction of an additional parking lot for day-use purposes at the Holter Lake site; additional shade tree plantings at all sites; a new information kiosk at Departure Point; bank stabilization work at White Sandy; a design for a new administrative house at Log Gulch; and installation of eight new picnic shelters at Holter Dam, three at Holter Lake and two at Clark’s Bay.
Earlier this year, the BLM installed three additional shelters at Devil’s Elbow in the tent camping area and replaced the information kiosk at Holter Dam.
Other improvements scheduled for this year include:
Fees charged at the Helena-area BLM sites are as follows:
Spokane Bay, Two Camps and Beartooth Landing are free.
Holter Dam has a $6 camping fee.
White Sandy is $10 per night for camping with no day-use fees.
All other sites charge $10 per night for camping, $2 per vehicle for day-use amenities, or $25 per vehicle for a seasonal day use pass.
Holter Lake, Log Gulch and Clark’s Bay group picnic reservations are $50 each plus $2 per vehicle.
Devil’s Elbow, White Sandy and Log Gulch provide Group Camping Reservations at $50 each plus $10 per night.
All fees except reservations are half price for those who have an interagency Senior Passes or Access Passes (formerly the Golden Age or Golden Access Passport). To qualify, you must be permanently disabled or age 62 or older.
Based on the number of improvements slated for the popular recreation area, the BLM has engaged its Resource Advisory Council to assist in reviewing the current fee structure for 2013.
For more information about any of the Bureau of Land Management recreation sites in the Hauser or Holter Lakes area, call one of the following BLM numbers:
Butte Field Office: (406) 533-7600
Devil’s Elbow: (406) 227-3570
Holter Lake: (406) 235-4314
Log Gulch: (406) 235-4480
White Sandy: (406) 458-4744
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.
Butte Field Office 106 N. Parkmont Butte, MT 59701
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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