HELENA — Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to implement a campsite reservation system in up to 21 state parks. Currently, all campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis statewide. The proposed system would allow reservations to be made online or via telephone.
“This is the top public service request that we receive,” said Chas Van Genderen, State Parks Administrator. “Judging from the hundreds of telephone calls and other forms of inquiries each year, the camping public fully expects the ability to plan ahead with the peace of mind of knowing exactly where they’ll be staying when they camp.”
“Camping at state parks is often about spending leisure time with friends and relatives. We want to guarantee that families can camp side by side if they desire. The current system often leads to people arriving a day or two early to secure a campsite for a weekend visit or driving long distances to a campground that may be full,” Van Genderen added. “That robs Montana families of time and money.”
The program would not require that a camper make a reservation. Some campsites in each park will remain on a first-come, first-served basis for those campers who prefer to be more spontaneous.
The environment assessment is accessible on the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov. Look under State Parks for Campsite Reservation Proposal. Hard copies are available at the Montana State Parks office in Helena at 1420 E. 6th Avenue, or by calling (406) 444-3750.
Comments on the proposed campsite reservation system will be accepted until 5 p.m. on May 18, 2010, and should be e-mailed to: CampReservations@mt.gov; or mailed to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Campsite Reservations, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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