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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 09/06/11
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Reopens Kipp Recreation Area

The Bureau of Land Management’s Kipp Recreation Area has been repaired, cleaned, and is now open for recreational use.

The popular camping area, where US Highway 191 and the Fred Robinson Bridge cross the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River, was heavily damaged by flood waters this spring. The flood damage was widespread throughout the 80 acre site and for public safety reasons, the BLM closed the recreation area in May.

Since then the BLM has worked to repair all of the amenities (toilets, camp pads, tables, water lines, RV dump station, boat launch etc.) and remove the three or four feet of silt left behind after the flood waters subsided.

“We’re pleased we can reopen the area so early in September. This time of year is our busiest time as hunters, fishermen, floaters and boaters are eager to enjoy the Upper Missouri during the fall season,” according to Gary Slagel, the BLM’s Missouri River Breaks National Monument manager.

As this is a developed site, there are amenity fees for using some of the facilities. Overnight camping is $12.00 per vehicle or $6.00 with a senior discount pass. This overnight fee includes access to an RV dump station. Campers not staying overnight can access the RV dump station for $10. There is no day–use fee. 

All the fees collected here are reinvested in the Kipp Recreation Area to help cover the cost of supplies and maintenance.

“We certainly encourage the public to use, enjoy and care for their public lands. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of being careful with campfires, cigarettes and other activities that could spark a wild fire,” Slagel added.           

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