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Contacts: David Abrams    
  Public Affairs Specialist    
  (406) 490-0367    

BLM Recreation Sites On Holter, Hauser Lakes Open May 12

BUTTE (May 1, 2012) – All Bureau of Land Management recreation sites near Helena officially open on May 12.  At that time, the BLM will begin providing services and collecting fees, which remain unchanged from last year.

In the Holter Lake area, 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’s “face.”

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.  Log Gulch and Holter Lake also have large shelters available for group reservations. 

BLM sites at Hauser Lake include Clark’s Bay, Two Camps Vista, Devil’s Elbow, White Sandy and Spokane Bay, which 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.  In addition, there are large shelters available for group reservations at Clark’s Bay, Devil’s Elbow and White Sandy.

Improvements made last year include a chip seal application of all asphalt roads and parking lots at the Log Gulch and Departure Point sites; construction of an additional parking lot for day-use purposes at the Holter Lake site; additional shade tree plantings at all sites; a new information kiosk at Departure Point; bank stabilization work at White Sandy; a design for a new administrative house at Log Gulch; and installation of eight new picnic shelters at Holter Dam, three at Holter Lake and two at Clark’s Bay.

Earlier this year, the BLM installed three additional shelters at Devil’s Elbow in the tent camping area and replaced the information kiosk at Holter Dam.

Other improvements scheduled for this year include:
  • Stabilizing the bank at White Sandy southeast of the boat ramp. This work is currently underway and will continue until May 22.  During this time, the site will be closed due to safety concerns associated with frequent truck traffic.
  • Constructing a new administrative house at Log Gulch. This work is scheduled from June 15 to Oct. 30.  The entire recreation site will be open with the exception of the actual construction area.
  • Building new hiking trails immediately north of Log Gulch during May and June. This work will be done in two phases over the next two years and will not require any site closures.
  • Paving, striping and landscaping the new parking lot at Holter Lake. This work is scheduled for Aug. 6-11. Although the parking lot will be closed during construction, the remainder of the site will be open.
Fees charged at the Helena-area BLM 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, or $25 per vehicle for a seasonal day use pass.
Holter Lake, Log Gulch and Clark’s Bay group picnic reservations are $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 Passes or Access Passes (formerly the Golden Age or Golden Access Passport).  To qualify, you must be permanently disabled or age 62 or older.

Based on the number of improvements slated for the popular recreation area, the BLM has engaged its Resource Advisory Council to assist in reviewing the current fee structure for 2013.

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: (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