Thursday, October 29, 2009
Headlines - Region 3
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is pleased to announce the opening of a new fishing access site in Region 3 on Lake Helena approximately 12 miles northeast of Helena.
FWP entered into a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the Helena Valley Irrigation District to establish the five-acre day-use site on the north shore of the lake.
The new site includes a parking area for 15 trucks with trailers, fencing around an existing irrigation ditch, boat ramp, and latrine. Lake Helena boating regulations remain in effect requiring boaters to operate under no wake speeds throughout most of the year until waterfowl season.
Because of the shallowness of the lake, only smaller boats can access the water via the boat ramp. Boaters are advised to use caution when backing down the ramp because there is a maximum water depth of about 21 inches at the end of the ramp.
Lake Helena is a 2,100-acre body of water. The shallow lake is a popular seasonal fishery. Sampling has revealed the presence of sport fish such as walleye, yellow perch, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, mountain whitefish, and brown trout in relatively high numbers from early spring into July.