Planning on retreating to the Great Outdoors over Independence Day or over the next couple of weeks?  Temperatures are expected to soar in to the upper 80s next week and July is always a great time to head out to one of our area's beautiful lakes and rivers.

Georgetown Lake. Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media
Georgetown Lake. Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media

We had a chance to chat with local forester and outdoor recreation enthusiast Jocelyn Dodge who had some great tips on where to go.  "The hot summer days mean it’s time to cool off spend a day or a week and one of the many lakes and rivers near Butte," she told us while offering some great suggestions on where to go. "Georgetown and Echo lakes offer, picnicking and fishing access in addition to nearby camping," Dodge said.  But what if you want to go deeper and even further away from the more crowded camping areas?  Dodge said there are several alternatives.  "Higher elevation in lakes such as Cottonwood, Louise and Lost Cabin lakes provide cooler temperatures and scenic vistas for outdoor enthusiasts," she said.

With warmer temperatures comes more responsibility for recreationalists and Dodge laid out some important things to remember.  "Dry weather also means an increase in fire danger. Make sure all campfires are dead out before leaving your campsite."  But what about fireworks on America's big holiday?  "Enjoy the Fourth of July and remember to leave your fireworks at home when you’re on public land to reduce fire danger," she told us.

For more information contact the Butte Ranger District at (406) 494-2147.

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