Ennis, Mont., May 20, 2020 – Effective immediately, the Madison Ranger District will begin implementing a “Pack In, Pack Out” policy at one day-use area and several campgrounds.
As a result of this policy change, trash service will no longer be available at Wade Lake Picnic Area and Cliff Point, Hilltop, Wade Lake, Riverview, Madison, and West Fork campgrounds.
“Forest users packing their own trash out enables us to focus our limited time and funding on projects that will improve these sites,” said Madison District Ranger Dale Olson. “With this change, summer crews will be able to spend more time addressing a backlog of deferred maintenance issues at these sites.”
Instead of collecting and hauling visitor garbage, crews will have more time for repairing broken table planks, replacing rusted out fire rings, rebuilding diminished tent pads, maintaining trails, and addressing signage and safety issues.
For additional information about this policy change, please call the Madison Ranger District at 406-682-4253.