We are committed to ensuring that all our public lands are accessible and safe.
From maintaining hiking and snowmobiling trails, to common ground talks with land owners for hunting and fishing access, to purchasing easements and land for better access, we actively work with our partners to support national parks, landmarks, state and federal forest lands, wilderness, recreational areas and state parks.
We are committed to ensuring that all our public lands are accessible and safe. Whether it’s maintaining hiking and snowmobiling trails, common ground talks with landowners for hunting and fishing access or purchasing easements and land for better access; we actively work with our partners to support state and federal forest lands, national parks, wilderness, recreational areas and state parks.
Projects like those below, are a key component to ensuring we continue to maintain public access to public lands as well the outdoor experience Montana is so perfectly suited for.
Gartside Reservoir and Fishing Access – Sidney, Montana
Gartside Reservoir is located within Richland County, MT south of Sidney off highway 200 S. It is 44 acres of public and leased land that has provided recreational options for many years. It’s a frequented site for seasonal game fishing and recreational uses for boating (manual or electric troll only), kayaking, swimming and the surrounding area is used for hiking, picnicking, and daytrips. Currently there is one official designated recreation area and entrance. Gartside has an undeveloped, visitor created access road that ends in a turnaround area.
This area would make an excellent kayak entrance and fishing point due to its proximity to the grassy marsh. The potential also exists for a much-needed family gathering place where additional picnic areas could be created and improvements to the current area used for parking and turnaround would be beneficial. A small overlook point would be the perfect host for two picnic areas; one on the upper mount and one on the lower outcrop, with two – three car parking available. An informational trail sign with reservoir information would round out the refurbished area nicely.
Our mission was to promote healthy outdoor lifestyles for all ages through building an artificial climbing boulder park at Lawrence Park in Kalispell. We recognized the need for alternative outdoor activities for kids in the Flathead Valley. Traditional rope climbing is an excellent lifetime sport, but often has barriers for kids and adults wanting to get started. The requirements for specialized equipment, training, and transportation to climbing areas can be a deterrent to new participants. These barriers do not exist with a boulder park downtown that is free to use and requires no equipment.