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Initial Bailey Reservoir FAS Improvements Completed; Firearms Rules Set

Fishing - Region 6

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 Initial improvements have been completed at the Bailey Reservoir Fishing Access Site (FAS) west of Havre.
Upgrades include a resurfaced entrance road and parking areas, new concrete rame, an Americans with Disabilities Act access-compliant concrete vault toilet and a new concrete picnic shelter, said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 FAS Program Coordinator Woody Baxter.
In addition, two floating fishing piers will be available for public use. While these platforms have been taken out of the water for the winter, Baxter said they will again be available for the use next spring. The fishing piers were made possible with help from the Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and the fabrication shop at Montana State University-Northern.
“I’m very pleased with the partnerships that have grown out of the Bailey Reservoir FAS project,” Baxter said. “The strong support of organizations and individuals has helped make the purchase of the property and the renovations a reality.”
Bailey Reservoir FAS is located about 25 miles west of Havre, and then about eight miles south of the town of Kremlin. The state of Montana, through FWP, owns the south half of the reservoir, and Baxter said the agency plans to continue the management of this water-based recreation site as it was when the Bailey family owned the property.
FWP doesn’t plan to allow hunting or the shooting of any firearms at the site at this time. “This is an activity that Howard Bailey and his family did not allow since the reservoir was first built in the late 1960s,” Baxter said. “But FWP will continue to monitor any concerns the public may have concerning these rules.”
Overnight camping in “undesignated” areas of the Bailey Reservoir FAS will continue to be allowed. If demands for more camping spaces arise, FWP will re-evaluate the need at that time, Baxter said.