Mystic Lake Dam
SOUTH OF ROSCOE — First it was fire. Now it’s a hydro project. Residents of the East Rosebud valley had no way to stop the Shepard Mountain fire that roared through the drainage and torched their cabins 16 years ago. But this time, many of the same residents see an opportunity to halt what t…
A white-crowned sparrow sits on top of a tree by Mystic Lake on Friday, July 23, 2011.
A view from the top of the trail leading in to Mystic Lake on Friday, July 23, 2011.
A collection of photos from the 3-mile hike up to Mystic Lake on Friday, July 23, 2011.
Water pours over the Mystic Lake Dam in the Beartooth Mountains southwest of Absarokee. NorthWestern Energy is trying to buy the 11 hydroelectric projects PPL Montana owns and operates in the state, including the one at Mystic Lake.
Despite some of the coldest temperatures of the winter — dipping well into the teens below zero this week — people need to remain cautious when fishing and playing on ice covering south-central Montana's lakes.
In 1924, Whited helped build the Mystic Lake Dam. Whited was a man of many skills, also working as a miner, guide, Forest Service employee and rancher.