The popular Hyalite Lake area, near Bozeman, is getting well used. The campground is often full, day groups are abundant, and lots of people running their dogs. This favorite destination has become one of the states most trafficked recreation areas.
Magnetic counters have been installed along the road into the popular area. These counters have shown a huge increase in use.
In June, 22,578 vehicles were tracked. The total increased to 27,492 in July, 25,357 in August, and around 24,000 visitors in September, so far. On Labor Day, 200 vehicles/hour entered the canyon.
The Friends of Hyalite are planning a cleanup this Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the main parking ot by the reservoir at noon. Local venues are donating lunch. Their website offers more details.
In the past decade, over 10,000 pounds of trash have been collected. There is a noticeable increase in dog waste along the trails. Bags filled with waste are often hanging in the trees. Other trash is left at the picnic areas. Some folks are just too lazy! Everyone needs to pick up after themselves.
It is amazing how some people think their trash is someone else’s problem.
“Leave only a footprint, take only a picture…and your trash!”
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