BYNUM, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comments on a proposal to transfer 80 acres of BLM land to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MT FWP) under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act.
The Bynum Reservoir Recreation Area is located about five miles west of Bynum, Montana, and includes four primitive campsites, a concrete boat ramp, and a vault toilet. Continued opportunities for fishing and camping along the shores of Bynum Reservoir would be guaranteed and enhanced with the transfer.
For over two decades, MT FWP has maintained a fishing and recreation access site on Bynum Reservoir. Since Bynum Recreation Area does not currently belong to MT FWP, they have submitted a request for conveyance of 80 acres through the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. This Act allows state or local governments to request a conveyance of a parcel of land to be used for recreation or public purposes. The 80 acres include a 40-acre parcel that contains the improvements, as well as a 40-acre parcel on the northern edge of Bynum Reservoir used by the recreating public as a dispersed camping site. Much of the 80 acres is covered by water during most of the year.
If conveyed, the state would not be able to sell the land or change its current recreational use, otherwise, the land will return to BLM ownership.
Interested parties may submit written comments about the application and classification on or before Sept. 13, 2018, to the BLM Lewistown Field Office, Attention: Bynum Reservoir R&PP Project, 920 NE Main St., Lewistown, MT 59457.