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Release Date: 05/04/11
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Recreation Sites On Holter, Hauser Lakes Open May 6

All Bureau of Land Management recreation sites near Helena officially open May 6 when services will be provided and recreation fees collected.  Once again, there are no fee increases this year.

At 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 face of Sleeping Giant. 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. Groups may also reserve large shelters at Log Gulch and Holter Lake. 

At 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 the 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 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, $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 of age or permanently disabled. 

Recent improvements at Holter and Hauser lakes this include a new and expanded dock system with 48 mooring slips, an upgraded two-lane boat ramp with day-use docks at the ramp and accessible asphalt trails to each dock system at Log Gulch; a chip seal application of all asphalt surfaces at Holter Lake; purchase of land across from the Holter Lake entrance to allow additional parking; expanded sprinkler systems at Devil’s Elbow; additional picnic structures at Devil’s Elbow and Clark’s Bay; additional shade tree plantings at all sites; expansion of paved parking lots at Devil’s Elbow; and bank stabilization work at White Sandy.

Improvements scheduled this year include:

  • Chip sealing and corrective maintenance of all asphalt surfaces at Log Gulch and Departure Point. This work must be done during hot weather in order to ensure project success. This work will require closure of the sites during actual construction which is scheduled for Aug. 15-25. BLM officials say they hope this contract can be expedited and managed to minimize actual closure times.
  • Construction of a new parking lot at Holter Lake. This work will include site grading, surface graveling and compaction, parking curbs, boundary fencing and reseeding disturbed areas. This contract work is scheduled for July 5-29.  This work will not necessitate any closures at Holter Lake during the summer season.
  • Installation of two additional beach shelters at Clark’s Bay. This work is ongoing between now and May 27 prior to the high-use season.  The Clark’s Bay site will be closed during this period of construction.

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, 533-7600
Devil’s Elbow, 227-3570
Holter Lake, 235-4314
Log Gulch, 235-4480
White Sandy, 458-4744

BLM officials remind the public to be courteous to others when using the recreation sites. There are established guidelines for visitor conduct, which include picking up all trash (including cigarette butts) before you leave, keeping the noise level down during the day, and obeying the established quiet hours. BLM public lands offer more diverse recreational opportunities than any other Federal agency and see a lot of use over the peak season months. BLM officials encourage everyone to be good stewards of public lands.

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