SEELEY LAKE – The seasonal opening of campgrounds on the Seeley Lake Ranger District will take place May 25 for Memorial Day weekend and most campgrounds will be available for public use.
An unusually high amount of snowfall this winter and downed trees have impacted some campgrounds, but crews have been working to get the campgrounds prepped for Memorial Day weekend.
Big Larch Campground, however, will remain closed until further notice due to hazardous forest conditions and concerns for public safety. The campground is experiencing a high amount of dead and dying trees.
The Big Larch Boat Ramp, Reservable Group Campsites, and Day Use Area will be open for public use.
District personnel are still working to remove dead and dying trees in Lake Alva Campground that was started last season. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig says some of the work may continue this week. However, no work will occur over Memorial Day Weekend and the campground will be open for public use.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public while work is completed in Big Larch and Lake Alva Campgrounds,” said Katie Knotek, Seeley Lake Recreation Staff. “Our objective is to treat hazardous forest conditions and create a safer camping environment for our Forest users.”
Montana State Parks announced earlier this week that the boat ramps at Placid Lake and Salmon Lake state parks south of Seeley Lake are now open. The boat ramps had been closed to trailer launches due to high lake levels.