Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center to offer alternative visitor experiences to public

Media Contact: Michael Coffey, (208) 515-6943, mcoffey@usbr.gov

For Release: July 31, 2020

HUNGRY HORSE, Mont. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center will offer an alternative visitation experience this summer season that will include staff members actively engaging with visitors in outside areas using proper social distancing Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MDT, from August 3 through September 7. This is subject to change based on conditions.

Following the Montana Governor's directives and guidance from the Flathead County Health Department, Reclamation made the decision that Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center will remain closed for the rest of the year to protect the health and safety of its visitors, employees, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders. After reviewing staffing needs and safety measures necessary to safely increase access to the indoor visitor center, we determined that visitor safety standards could not be met in light of the local continued upward trend of COVID-19 cases.

Hungry Horse Dam is located off Highway 2 in Hungry Horse. Directional signs located past the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Forest Service building indicate the road leading to the visitor center. From Highway 2, travel approximately 4.5 miles to the visitor center located at the north end of the dam’s crest.

The CDC has offered guidance for people recreating on public lands to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all functions to ensure visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles and avoid crowding, practice social distancing and hand sanitizing.

Details and updates on operations will be posted on our website: https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html.

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The Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior and is the nation's largest wholesale water supplier and second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Our facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation opportunities, and environmental benefits. Visit our website at https://www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR.

Relevant Link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html