BLM’S Toston Dam Campground Re-opened
BUTTE (June 27, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Toston Dam Campground has re-opened after being closed temporarily while the State of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources & Conservation completed repairs at Toston Dam.
The boat ramp at the Upper Campground has not yet been installed for the season because river flows remain elevated. In addition, public passage over the Toston Dam remains restricted while the last construction items are being completed, according to David Lofftus, Hydropower Program Manager with the DNRC.
In the work that began in February, the DNRC replaced seven rubber gates on the dam’s spillway. The failure of spillway bladder in Bay 6 came after 23 years of operation. Further inspection revealed the other bladders were aging and in need of replacement.
The BLM’s Toston Dam recreation site, located about 13 miles south of Townsend, contains two water-oriented recreation sites: one located just above Toston Dam on the Missouri River Reservoir and one just below the dam on the free-flowing river. The Upper Toston Dam Campground has six camping sites while the Lower Toston Dam Campground has two sites.
For more information about this and the Butte Field Office’s other recreation sites, call (406) 533-7600. For information about the Toston Dam repair project, please call David Lofftus at (406) 444-6659.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.