BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has decided to proceed with a campground at the new Yellowstone River State Park east of Billings. Construction of the improvements now awaits approval of the subdivision permit under consideration by Yellowstone County.
FWP purchased the 3,976-acre Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area and State Park in 2008. It surrounds an additional 621 acres of state leased land and provides public access to 4,760 acres of federal BLM and state school trust land. Approximately 200 acres along the Yellowstone River north shore is dedicated to the state park.
The campground was included in original development plans for the property. The department issued an environmental assessment on March 16, 2010. Following public comment and review, a formal decision notice was issued Friday.
The proposed campground would include four loops with 37 campsites, four vault latrines and site for a campground host. Each camp site would include a graveled pad, fire ring, picnic table and electric hookup. All internal and access roads would be graveled and designed to accommodate two-way traffic. FWP plans to drill a well for potable water, landscape irrigation, and fire protection.
The wildlife management area and state park sit along the north bank of the Yellowstone River 30 miles east of Billings and 2.5 miles west of Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Public road access is off of Bundy Road via Bozeman Trail.
Copies of the decision are available online at http://fwp.mt.gov or at the FWP Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights.