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Release Date: 06/05/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

Popular Ennis day-use site gets parking lot upgrade

ENNIS (June 5, 2014) – Kobayashi Beach is getting a parking lot facelift just in time for the site’s busy summer season. During construction on the project, the Bureau of Land Management will close the recreation site for up to two weeks starting June 9.

The Kobayashi Beach project involves building a gravel parking lot with 20 new spaces on the north side of North Ennis Lake Road, across from the entrance to the recreation site. An ADA-accessible trail will also be built from the parking lot to the road and existing recreation site.

Kobayashi Beach, located about three miles east of McAllister, is a popular day-use recreation site along Ennis Lake and is the only public recreation site on the lake with a dock and only one of two recreation sites which allows boat launching. Recreation activities at Kobayashi Beach include wind surfing, fishing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, swimming, picnicking and many other forms of water-based recreation.

According to recreation officials at the BLM’s Dillon Field Office, Kobayashi’s primary use season is between June and August, when the existing parking area typically fills up before noon every warm weekend.

“The site was last upgraded about ten years ago,” said Outdoor Recreation Planner Chris McGrath. “There is a great need to upgrade the parking at this very busy day-use recreation site.  This project will allow for much more parking, especially for vehicles towing trailers.”

Increasing the parking capacity of the site helps reduce safety concerns and traffic congestion along North Ennis Lake Road. In the past, visitors unable to find a proper parking space have left their vehicles on the hillsides and road shoulders, damaging natural resources and contributing to the spread of noxious weeds. The new parking spaces should help relieve some of that parking pressure, McGrath said.

As part of the project, the internal site road along the beach—as well as the turnaround at the west end of the site—will be widened. An additional 10 parking spaces will be created along the beach road. These minor modifications would be made to the existing recreation site road to accommodate additional parking and improve traffic flow.

For more information on the project at Kobayashi Beach, contact the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000.

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Last updated: 06-05-2014