Reclamation's Biweekly Newsletter
September 21, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018, is the 25th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day. The Bureau of Reclamation provides many opportunities for people to enjoy various recreational activities on its lands throughout the West.
Reclamation manages, with its partners 289 recreation areas, which includes 558 campgrounds and more than 1,200 miles of hiking trails. Recreation at Reclamation facilities has a total economic contribution of $3.24 billion supporting more than 23,000 jobs.
From boating and paddleboarding on Deschutes River in Oregon to ice fishing in Montana, there are many opportunities for you.
New Melones Reservoir in the Mother Lode of the California foothills offers year-round recreation activities. Camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating and fishing are all available. There are even evening and junior ranger programs. Learn more on the New Melones website.
Hoover Dam is an iconic structure in the southwest on the Colorado River. It has a visitor center and offers tours. Though tours will be limited this fall and winter while the visitor center and elevators are upgraded, there will be modified tours and access to the top of the dam will be available. It is still definitely worth a visit. Learn more on the Hoover Dam website.
Canyon Ferry Reservoir is located 20 miles east of Helena, Montana, and offers numerous opportunities year-round. It has excellent fishing opportunities for rainbow trout, perch, ling, and walleye, with 33,500 surface acres of water and 96 shoreline miles. Concrete boat ramps, campgrounds, day-use areas, shelters, swimming, and three marinas are also available. It even offers some great ice fishing when conditions allow in the winter. Learn more on the Canyon Ferry website.
There are many more recreation opportunities available at Reclamation facilities throughout the West. You can learn more about these opportunities as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Public Lands day at https://www.usbr.gov/recreation/.