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Garnet Day

Garnet Day is a family-friendly event that includes presentations, games, music and more.

Garnet Day celebrates mining heritage 

The sights, sounds and smells of a 19th-century mining town will come back to life during this year’s family-friendly Garnet Day on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual event brings a bustle of activity to the now-dormant ghost town of Garnet.

Montana pioneer impersonator Jennie Pak will give a presentation about Lucia Darling, a school teacher in Bannack’s early days. Music throughout the day will be provided by The Narrow Road Band and Old Time Montana Fiddlers Band.

Other activities throughout the day include a wool-spinning demonstration, a quilt display, various old-fashioned games for children, and a pie auction. Lunch will also be available for purchase on site.

Visitors will be charged the standard usage fee of $3; no admission is charged for those 15 and younger. For those needing assistance, a shuttle service will be provided from the main parking lot to the town’s main street.

To reach Garnet from Highway 200, turn south on the Garnet Range Road between mile markers 22 and 23 and travel about 11 miles to Garnet Ghost Town.

Visitors using I-90 should take the Bearmouth or Drummond exit, then take the Frontage Road to Bear Gulch. Garnet is 10 miles north on Bear Gulch Road. The Bear Gulch Route is steeper and not suitable for towing units.

For more information, contact the BLM’s Missoula Field Office at 406-329-3914.

Outdoor adventurer to read from book

The Lewis & Clark Library welcomes “National Geographic” Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis for a book reading and hike on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m.

Davis is a hiker, author and adventure speaker. She has covered more than 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents, and has hiked with her husband and 2-year-old daughter in all 50 states. She will be reading from her latest book, “The Pursuit of Endurance.”

The hour-long program will take place the the library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, and will involve storytelling, slide shows, readings from her book, and a Q&A.

At the conclusion of the talk and book signing, Davis will lead participants on a hike.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Lewis and Clark Festival begins Friday

The 29th Annual Lewis and Clark Festival runs June 15-17 in Great Falls. 

Festivities begin on Friday, June 15 with a bluegrass concert at the Gibson Park band shell, featuring Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs and the Two Bit Franks. Gates open at 5 p.m., the concert runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Contact the Lewis and Clark Foundation at 406-452-5661 for more information.

On June 16, come out to the Interpretive Center for the free family event we call the Lewis and Clark Adventure Challenge. Families can show up at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center anytime between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take part. Learn more about the event and signup at Eventbrite.com or contact the Interpretive Center at 406-727-8733.

The main festival activities get underway at Gibson Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Come and see interpretive programs, live music, Native American dance and drum performances, food and arts and crafts vendors all day until 5 p.m. Hear the story of Seaman, Captain Lewis’ dog, and pose for a picture with Buddy the Newfoundland. Activities are free and open to the public.

On June 17, join guide Ida Johnson for a tour of the Sun River valley and the Mullan Road. Tickets for the tour are available by calling the Lewis and Clark Foundation at 406-452-5661.

UMOWA celebrates 4th annual rendezvous

The Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance (UMOWA) will host a free barbecue and party at the Craig Fire Hall June 16 from 6-9 p.m., to celebrate it’s fourth year of guarding and enhancing the Missouri River.

Attendees will find out what the organization has accomplished over the last four years, which includes the newest bank restoration project at the Wolf Creek Bridge and continued monitoring of water quality. 

Rocky Harbor and Chris Goodwin will provide their famous barbecued ribs. There will be live music, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. A silent auction will help UMOWA raise funds for future projects. UMOWA members and the general public are invited to attend to meet with the board and socialize with like-minded people with an interest in the restoration and preservation of the Missouri River. For more information, call 406-431-5084.

Free fishing on Father’s Day weekend

Whether you’re tying on a salmon fly or threading a night crawler onto a hook, during Father’s Day weekend, everyone in Montana can fish for free.

While the promotion allows anyone to fish without a license on June 16-17, all other fishing rules and regulations are in effect and must be followed.

Please note that the dates listed for Father’s Day in the 2018 Fishing Regulations booklet are incorrect.

Register for hunt roster

Hunters interested in participating in “game-damage” hunts on private land or possible management seasons this year have from June 15 to July 15 to register online with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Hunters from this roster may be identified for three types of hunts: game damage, management season and dispersal. The roster is used by FWP to efficiently respond to landowners in the prevention or reduction of damage primarily caused by deer, elk and antelope.

Prospective hunters can register online at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Hunt Roster." To register, hunters will need their ALS number.

FWP will conduct a computerized random drawing process that will award placement of all prospective hunters on the rosters. Results will be available by July 20 to hunters through MyFWP.

The hunts, if they occur, can take place between Aug. 15, 2018, and Feb. 15, 2019.

Fees change at Georgetown Lake

The Pintler Ranger District made changes to the concessionaire campground and day-use site management permit issued to Big Sky Recreation Company in 2017 for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest at and near the Georgetown Lake vicinity.

Beginning May 26 and continuing through September, fees at the Red Bridge, Grassy, Philipsburg Bay, and Piney boat launches will be $5/day per vehicle. A season pass will available for $50 from BSRC Campground Hosts at Piney, Lodgepole and Philipsburg Bay Campgrounds. Senior and Golden Age passes will be honored for day-use fees.

Fees will not be charged fall through spring when the concessionaire does not manage recreation sites around Georgetown Lake.

Additional vehicle fees of $30 will also be charged at Lodgepole, Piney, Philipsburg Bay, Spring Hill and Cable Mountain beginning Memorial Day weekend.

For additional information, contact Big Sky Recreation at 406-210-8199, or the Pintler Ranger District at 406-859-3211.

Leave baby animals alone

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. FWP no longer accepts, holds or rehabilitates ungulates like deer, moose and elk because the animals often die from the stress of captivity, and because of concerns with the spread of disease.

There are many cases in which good intentions lead to dire consequences. In a high-profile case in Yellowstone National Park two years ago, a bison calf was picked up and transported by tourists who believed it had been abandoned. The calf ultimately had to be euthanized because it couldn’t be reunited with the herd and continued to approach people and vehicles.

To prevent outcomes like this, FWP emphasizes that all wildlife species and their young should be left in the wild.

If you have dogs, please keep your dog under control, especially in the spring when newborn wildlife is most vulnerable. Pet owners can be cited and dogs that harass or kill wildlife may by law have to be destroyed.

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