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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/10/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7671 , dabrams@blm.gov

Dillon BLM extends public comment period on Kobayashi Beach parking plan


DILLON (Feb. 10, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office has extended the public comment period on a proposal to expand the parking at Kobayashi Beach Recreation Area on Ennis Lake. Comments will now be accepted until Feb. 28.

The proposed project consists of building a gravel parking lot on the north side of North Ennis Lake Road, across from the entrance to the recreation site. The parking lot would have an entrance and exit and would allow for the parking of 20-plus vehicles. There would be an ADA-accessible trail built from the parking lot to the road and existing recreation site.

Kobayashi Beach, located about three miles east of McAllister, is a popular day-use recreation site along Ennis Lake and is the only public recreation site on the lake with a dock and only one of two recreation sites which allows boat launching.  Recreation activities at Kobayashi Beach include wind surfing, fishing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, swimming, picnicking and many other forms of water-based recreation.

Kobayashi’s primary use season is between June and August, when the existing parking area typically fills up before noon every warm weekend.

“Increasing the parking capacity of the site will help reduce safety concerns and traffic congestion along North Ennis Lake Road,” said Cornie Hudson, Dillon Field Office Manager.  “By creating established parking areas, we’ll decrease the resource degradation and noxious weed spread that’s currently occurring with people driving and parking on the hillsides and road shoulders when there’s nowhere else to park. The proposed parking expansions would give us enough space to accommodate the current use levels on most of the busy weekends but, I should add, it still would not be large enough to handle all the vehicles on the busiest weekends.  We’re thrilled that so many people are recreating on public lands and we want that to continue, but we also need to find ways to protect our natural resources.”

Funding for the project would also come through PPL Montana.  “We appreciate all the support we’ve received along the way from PPL’s Missouri-Madison River Fund Grant Program,” Hudson added.

As part of the proposed project, the internal site road along the beach would be widened, as would the turnaround at the west end of the site.  An additional 10 parking spaces would be created along the beach road. These minor modifications would be made to the existing recreation site road to accommodate additional parking and improve traffic flow. The material that would be removed during the project may need to be hauled off-site and deposited on another parcel of BLM about three miles south of Ennis.

To be most helpful, the BLM asks that comments be submitted for consideration no later than Feb. 28 to the attention of Chris McGrath, P.O. Box 765, Ennis, MT 59729, or by email to cmcgrath@blm.gov.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, call (406) 682-4082 or email cmcgrath@blm.gov.

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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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 02-25-2014