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Somers Beach Acquisition Draft Environmental Assessment

Acquisitions, Trades & Leases

08/13/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase approximately 106 acres of land along the north shore of Flathead Lake to the east of the community of Somers for the creation of a new State Park. While the exact cost of the property will not be determined until after a final appraisal (to be done in September 2020), the preliminary appraisal was $2,840,000. Funding for the project would be provided by a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (pending) with matches from Parks Earned Revenue or General License Fund. The primary purpose of the proposed land acquisition is to create a new state park for inclusion in the Montana State Park system for the use and enjoyment of the people of Montana and its visitors. The current owners of the property have allowed public access on the site for decades and FWP wants to ensure that access in perpetuity. Public access sites on Flathead Lake are used heavily throughout the year and are consistently at or over capacity, so keeping this site open to the public would help ease congestion at other sites. Also, many of the features of this property, especially the wide, flat sandy beach that emerges at low pool level are unique to this area and not available at other state parks on Flathead Lake or elsewhere in the state.

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Contact Information

Stevie Burton; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; 490 N. Meridian Road; Kalispell, MT 59901; stevie.burton@mt.gov

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Saturday, September 12, 2020.