With hunting seasons beginning in September, those hunters who use the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area south of Great Falls need to remember the camping rules.
Camping is allowed only in designated camping areas (Cottonwood, Lower and Upper Elkhorn and Willow creeks). No overnight camping is allowed in the Whitetail Prairie addition.
The gate to Elkhorn Creek is now open but will close Sept. 1. Hunters can establish backcountry camps up Elkhorn Creek by driving materials there before Sept. 1.
However, occupancy of any camping site, including caches deposited up Elkhorn Creek, is limited to 16 days in a 30-day period. At the end of 16 days, camp and caches must be completely removed from that designated campground, and there will be no motorized access into Elkhorn Creek after Sept. 1.
Campers must register at the check station site and visibly place an identification coupon on their tent, camper or vehicle.
Camping is allowed on federal Bureau of Land Management and adjacent Forest Service lands using those agency rules and regulations.
Camps may not be left unattended for more than 48 hours.
Quiet hours in place 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Disorderly conduct prohibited.
(via MT FWP)