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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 05/05/10
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Recreation Sites On Holter And Hauser Lakes Open May 7

All Bureau of Land Management recreation sites near Helena officially open on May 7 when services will be provided and recreation fees collected. There are no fee increases again this year.

In the Holter Lake area, the  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 face. Amenities at the larger campgrounds include RV camping spots, boat docks, fish-cleaning stations, fishing access, toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, potable water, garbage dumpsters, picnic shelters and swimming areas. Large shelters at Log Gulch and Holter Lake are also available for group reservations. 

In the Hauser Lake area, the BLM sites include Clark’s Bay, Two Camps Vista, Devil’s Elbow, White Sandy and Spokane Bay. The Spokane Bay site 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. There are also large shelters at Clark’s Bay, Devil’s Elbow and White Sandy available for group reservations.

Fees charged at the above sites are as follows:
  • Spokane Bay, Two Camps and Beartooth Landing are free
  • Holter Dam has a $6 camping fee
  • White Sandy is $10.00/night for camping with no day-use fees
  • All other sites charge $10 per night for camping, $2 per vehicle for day-use amenities, and $25 per vehicle for a seasonal day-use pass
  • Holter Lake, Log Gulch and Clark’s Bay offer group picnic reservations at $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 Pass or Access Pass (formerly the Golden Age or Golden Access Passport). To qualify, you must be 62 years old or permanently disabled.

Recent improvements at the lake sites made this past year include: a new and expanded dock system with 44 mooring slips; an upgraded three-lane boat ramp with day-use docks at each ramp lane, and accessible asphalt trails to each dock system at Holter Lake; improved trails at Devil’s Elbow; and upgraded water hydrants that meet handicapped-accessibility standards at Holter Lake, Log Gulch, Holter Dam, Devil’s Elbow, Clark’s Bay, and White Sandy.

This year, the boat ramp at the Log Gulch site will be closed to the public for the season beginning Aug. 3 in order to perform needed upgrades. Improvements include new and expanded overnight docks on both sides of the ramp, a two-lane boat ramp with centralized courtesy docks, and accessible asphalt trails similar to the improvements made at Holter Lake Recreation Area last year.

Other work scheduled for this coming year includes paving additional parking areas and about two-and-a-half miles of foot trails that will connect Clark’s Bay, Two Camps Vista and Devil’s Elbow.  This work is being performed between now and May 21.  The BLM anticipates no site closures except for portions of the trails and parking areas during actual asphalt surfacing.

Additional improvements to the BLM recreation sites include a chip seal and corrective maintenance of all asphalt surfaces at Holter Lake. This work must be done during hot weather before the Log Gulch boat ramp closure. In order to meet these needs, the contract has been scheduled from July 12-24.

For more information about any of the BLM recreation sites in the Hauser or Holter lakes area, call one of the following 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. 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