Improvements coming to Crystal Lake recreational area in Big Snowy Mountains
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: April 26, 2023

HARLOWTON, Mont. – April 25, 2023— Improvements are coming to the Big Snowy Mountains this summer.  From July through early November, the Ice Cave Trail, Crystal Lake Cabin, Crystal Lake Campground and Crystal Group site will close to allow deferred maintenance to occur.

“We received over $800,000 through the Great American Outdoors Act to improve this beloved area,” said Judith-Musselshell District Ranger Jason Oltrogge.  “We thank visitors for their patience during the closure this summer and encourage folks to still enjoy the Grandview day use site, Crystal Lake boat ramp and Crystal Cascades trail that will remain open during the construction.”

Work is anticipated to begin July 10 and last through November 1, 2023.  During this time, new pit toilets and septic systems will be installed, the road in the campground will be resurfaced with improved parking pads, and campground facilities will be updated including a new water system along with campfire rings and picnic tables.

To date, the Great American Outdoors Act has invested hundreds of millions of to address deferred maintenance on these critical facilities as well as improve critical infrastructure essential for use and enjoyment of national forests and grasslands. Visit: to learn more about how the Great American Outdoors Act is investing in public lands.

For more information, please call our offices in Harlowton (406) 632-4391, Stanford (406) 566-2292or Neihart (406) 236-5100.

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