The Forest Service will not be operating water systems during the 2014 season at the following campgrounds: On the Dillon District - Dinner Station and East Creek; Wise River District - Lower Seymour and Pintler; Wisdom District - South Van Houghton. Campers are advised to plan accordingly by bringing potable water for your drinking needs. Nearby lakes and creeks are available; however, water must be properly treated before drinking.
For more information contact the Forest Service in Dillon (406) 683-3900, Wise River (406) 832-3178, or Wisdom (406) 689-3243.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest’s recent Record Of Decision (ROD) enacting Forest Plan travel management direction for certain areas was upheld under appeal on May 13. The ROD enacts the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Plan Management Direction for on the ground management for motorized and non-motorized vehicles. See news release for details.
The Coalpit Trail #7155 and a 1/8 mile buffer along the new construction segments is closed to the public to ensure public health and safety during construction. The closure is in effect from July 11, 2014 until October 31, 2014 unless rescinded sooner when construction is completed. The closure description is as follows: beginning at the end of Mill Creek Canyon Road #9470 in T1S, R4W, Section 34 and continuing in a northwesterly direction for approximately 3 miles to the junction of Brownback Trail #7156 in T1S, R4W, Section 23. For more information contact the Jefferson Ranger District at (406)287-3223.
Loop B of Piney Campground will be closed to public entry from July 8, 2014 until October 1, 2014 unless rescinded earlier, for public safety due to unstable soil conditions and wind events resulting in numerous falling trees. The closure area is as follows: The Piney Campground Loop B on the West shoreline of Georgetown Lake, Section 12 T5N R14W.
Forest Service Road No.7303 (Mill Gulch Road) is closed to all motorized vehicles for public saftey due to a major washout making the road impassable. The closure is in effect from June 10, 2014 through October 1, 2014 unless rescinded earlier. The closure area description is as follows: Township 5S, Range 3W, SE 1/4 Sec. 3
Road crews are working to temporarily repair the road, and engineers are examining the area to determine a more permanent fix.
For additional information contact the Madison Ranger District in Ennis at (406)682-4253, or the Sheridan Work Center at (406) 842-5432.
Before traveling or going outdoors to play, it's good to check the current weather and weather forecast. Especially in mountainous areas, local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!