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Release Date: 04/18/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

Dillon BLM Seeks Public Comment on Recreation Fee Increase Proposal

DILLON (April 18, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office seeks public input on a proposal to increase fees for recreational sites along the Madison River.

At developed campground sites, the BLM proposes to raise fees from $8 a night to $12 a night.  These sites include Red Mountain, Trapper Springs, Ruby Creek, and Palisades.  At dispersed camping sites along the Lower Madison, it would go from $5 a night to $8 a night.  The BLM also proposes to raise the daily rental rate at Axolotl Cabin from $50 to $75.

Fees at these sites have not been adjusted in 10 years, and in accordance with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), BLM must consider comparable fees charged elsewhere by other public agencies as well as private sector operators.

“The proposed fee adjustment would make BLM fees equitable with other Federal Agencies and their comparable sites and services,” said Cornie Hudson, Dillon Field Manager.

The Western Montana Resource Advisory Council will review and discuss the Dillon Field Office’s proposed adjustment of fees at recreation sites at its May 13 meeting at the BLM’s Butte Field Office at 106 N. Parkmont in Butte.  That meeting is open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a public comment period beginning at 11:30 a.m.

It is the BLM’s policy to collect fees at all specialized recreation sites wherever the BLM provides facilities, equipment or services at federal expense in connection with outdoor use.  In an effort to meet increasing demands for services and maintenance of recreation sites, the BLM proposes to increase fees in order to offset those ongoing costs.  The BLM’s mission for the Dillon Field Office Fee Collection Project is to ensure funding is available to maintain existing facilities and recreational opportunities, provide for a law enforcement presence, develop additional services, and protect resources.

The BLM will accept public comments on the fee proposal until May 10.  Comments may be mailed or hand-delivered to the BLM Dillon Field Office, Attn: Field Manager, 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, MT 59725, or emailed to with the subject line “Proposed Fee Increase.”

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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.

Dillon Field Office   1005 Selway Drive      Dillon, MT 59725  

Last updated: 04-23-2014