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Release Date: 03/31/11
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BLM Seeks Comments On Proposed Requirement For Campsites

The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office is seeking public comment on proposed requirements for campers using its recreation sites, primarily around Holter and Hauser lakes.

If adopted, the requirements would impact campers using BLM fee campgrounds located in Lewis and Clark, Silver Bow, and Beaverhead counties. Users of non-fee campgrounds or day-use sites would not be affected by this requirement.

The first proposed requirement would require all campers at established fee campgrounds to stay at their campsite every night beginning at 10 p.m. This new requirement is intended to eliminate the common practice of leaving personal property at a camp spot in order to save it for future use. 

The second proposed requirement would limit camping at the highly-desired lakefront camp units (numbers 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18 and 19) at the Holter Lake Recreation Site to 14 days per season/per camping vehicle.

These two requirements would be in effect during the high-use season beginning the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Both of these requirements are intended to maximize the availability of campsites for all visitors, enhance equitable opportunities and experiences, improve manageability, and reduce the incidents of unattended, unsecured personal property being left in campsites. 

After consideration of public comments these requirements may be added to the existing campground regulations and posted at each fee campground affected. Public comments on the proposed campground requirements should be provided to BLM by April 29, 2011. Comments may be sent to: BLM-Butte Field Office, Attn: Sherri Lionberger, 106 North Parkmont St, Butte, MT 59701. For more information, call or write Sherri Lionberger at 406-533-7671 or 

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