Forest Service Seeks Comment on Proposed Improvements to Hungry Horse Reservoir Campgrounds

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead National Forest is accepting public comment on its plan to renovate and improve five campsites along the east side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir. The sites under consideration are the Murray Bay and Emery Bay campgrounds, Riverside and Abbott boat launches, and FK&L dispersed site – most of which were constructed 50 years ago and have had little maintenance or restoration performed since.

The proposed improvements would enlarge some of the sites to accommodate families and groups, as well as separate day-use areas from overnight camping. Bear-resistant food lockers would also be installed, and the improper disposal of human waste at the FK&L dispersed site, where there are no bathrooms, would also be dealt with.

Work on the project will begin in summer 2012 in phases, with estimated completion set for 2015.

The current environmental assessment includes alternatives based on public comments received last summer. Comments should be sent to Hungry Horse-Glacier View District Ranger Jimmy DeHerrera by July 15. The environmental assessment is available at www.fs.fed.us/r1/flathead by clicking on “NEPA Projects,” or by contacting the Forest Service at 406-387-3800.

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