Posts Tagged ‘Gallatin National Forest’

Everything that brings people to Hyalite Canyon, part of the Gallatin National Forest in southwestern Montana, — camping, fishing, and hiking, to name a few – is still available in spades.

But one campsite, Hood Creek Campground, is closed and parking spaces in the day use area and the Blackmore trailhead parking lots have been taken up by construction equipment and material.

It’s closed for a $425,000 reconstruction project at Hood Creek Campground, a 29-campsite area that sits along Hyalite Reservoir. The entire campground has been closed as contractors rip up fire rings and picnic tables in order to reconfigure the area.

The huge growth in use that Hyalite Canyon has seen in recent years – 1,400 cars traveled up the road on July 3 alone — has made the work necessary.

Bozeman District Ranger Lisa Stoeffler said,“So many of our campgrounds started as mom-and-pop things and they were never engineered.” “They kept getting user expanded and pushed and finally we said, ‘OK, this doesn’t work anymore.’”

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