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Release Date: 06/23/10
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Palisades Recreation Site Re-Opens For Day Use

The Bureau of Land Management’s Palisades Recreation Site along the Madison River has re-opened to the public for day-use after being closed for improvements to the parking lot, boat ramp and campground.

BLM officials said the contracted work on the site has progressed very well despite inclement weather and they are pleased to make the site available for public use again.

Use of Palisades has some temporary conditions, however. Public access to the boat launch area will continue to be allowed, provided the public adheres to a strict 10 mph speed limit to access the site while workers continue to haul gravel to complete the project in the campground. If public safety becomes a concern while construction work continues, the site will be closed once again until all work is complete. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure public access is preserved during this period.

The site will also close one day in the next two to three weeks while the contractor completes the pavement to the highway. Information regarding the closure date will be forthcoming in the near future. The public can call the BLM’s Ennis Office for up-to-date information regarding the site at (406) 682-4082. An alternate access is available at Windy Point, which re-opened in early June, less than two miles upstream.

Located on the upper Madison River about 30 miles south of Ennis, just off Highway 287, Palisades Recreation Site is a fully-developed site which currently includes a campground and day-use area with picnic tables, fire grills, water, restrooms, parking lots and a boat-launch ramp.

The BLM significantly re-designed the site by increasing the size of the boat launch, day-use parking, and campground. Other improvements included paving the road and the day-use site, and adding additional infrastructure.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012