Wolf Creek FAS Proposed Improvement Project
Ed Note: Lots of conversation about the updated, paved, striped Wolf Creek Boat Ramp since completion late October. The WC FAS has been changed, to exactly the proposal below. It is identical to the superimposed image below.
We’ve had several folks complain to us, here at Headhunters, that we should have done something about the plan. Monday Morning Quarterbacks.
We did bro.’
This article published March 6th 2016. We followed the protocol and commented on the plan, during the comment period. We, us, you, the rest that commented, did not effect change. Proactive attempts are historically more effective than reactive behaviors. But this time it did not work to our favor. Sometimes we don’t win.
A few local outfitters and guides are sniffing around trying to find out more info, and to see if there is any way to change the striping pattern. That is the issue. Clearly the designers have never payed Tetris. Most anglers have.
Bottom line is that the deed is done. So, we will keep you updated on this winter hot topic. Along with the meeting last night. Spoke to a couple attendees and they stated that the process is slow, and we will know more in February. A re-write of the last draft is happening. You are up to date on this incendiary issue.
A few big projects in the Craig area this year. The Wolf Creek FAS Proposed Improvement Project is up for discussion April ’16. Or the beginning of this process anyway.
I have read the entire Environmental Assessment and it looks square to me. The list of improvements includes…
- Paving the area
- Adding designated parking spaces. 26 boat and trailer slots. 4 car sized slots.
- Installing a drain for storm water reclamation
- Adding another latrine. Now Wolf Creek Boat Ramp will have 2 bathrooms.
- Add two covered picnic area
- $170,000 price tag
In an effort to accommodate increasingly heavy public use, to improve recreational facilities, and reduce resource degradation at Wolf Creek Bridge FAS, FWP proposes to improve parking, camping, and storm water drainage facilities at the site. Proposed improvements include designating and paving the parking area, relocating and improving the campsites, controlling storm water drainage, and installing an additional latrine and two picnic shelters.
Summary of Existing Site
The 2-acre Wolf Creek Bridge FAS has been a very popular and heavily used recreational site since FWP first leased the property in 1970. Existing facilities at the FAS include: an unimproved parking area consisting of gravel and broken asphalt; a single-wide, concrete boat ramp; a concrete vault latrine; an ADA handicap-accessible concrete parking pad; five primitive campsites with tables and fire rings; perimeter fencing; two benches along the river; and directional, informational, interpretive, and regulatory signs.
Both resident and non-resident visitor use of Wolf Creek Bridge FAS is heavy year round for boat launching and take-out and angler use of this stretch of the Missouri River averages the 3rd most heavily used stretch in Montana. Conditions at Wolf Creek Bridge FAS reflect decades of continuous heavy and uncontrolled use. Random vehicle parking in the undesignated parking area often results in vehicles blocking other vehicles. Erosion of and around the undefined parking area creates dust and sedimentation of the river. In addition, the existing primitive campsites are located in an unappealing, hazardous location, within 40 feet of Craig Frontage Road. FWP proposes to improve the parking and camping facilities at Wolf Creek Bridge FAS, including: 1) paving and improving the parking area and defining four designated single and 26 truck/trailer parking spaces; 2) constructing a storm water detention area to control run-off; 3) establishing three designated campsites with fire rings and tables on the other side of the FAS and away from Craig Frontage Road; 4) installing an additional concrete vault latrine; 5) installing two picnic shelters with two picnic tables in each and 6) installing barrier rocks to control vehicle access.
Make a Comment to FWP about the Wolf Creek FAS
You can make a suggestion or a comment to the Fish, Wildlife, and Park gang if you wish. Why not let them know you are interested in making the Wolf Creek access site better. Follow this link and comment in the box at the bottom of the page. Comment period ends at the end of March. Get in there and leave a comment.