Campground restrictions to remain

2010-08-30T16:45:00Z 2010-09-07T02:15:35Z Campground restrictions to remainGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 30, 2010 4:45 pm  • 

The Gallatin National Forest will keep the restrictions for Chief Joseph and Colter campgrounds in place that limit camping to hard-sided-vehicles only for the remainder of the fall.

Soda Butte Campground, where one camper was killed and two others were mauled, will remain closed. All three campgrounds are located just east of Cooke City along Highway 212.

An increase in bear activity, coupled with the oncoming fall hunting season when the majority of human-bear encounters have occurred in this area, are prompting the continued restrictions and closure.

The closure for Soda Butte involves only the campground — the riparian area closure previously in effect has been lifted.

The Shoshone Forest is offering tent camping opportunities near Cooke City on the Clarks Fork Ranger District. Dispersed recreation sites and the Crazy Creek Campground are available.

Campers recreating anywhere on the Gallatin are urged to follow the food storage order by appropriately storing all attractants. Visitors should also have bear spray readily available in the event of an encounter.

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