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Walleyes Unlimited Donates $2,542 for Gartside Fishing Access Site


Walleyes Unlimited of Montana, MonDak Chapter donates $2,542 to help support the Gartside Fishing Access Site Enhancement Project through the 2015 Sidney Leadership Class. Development of this project was created and spearheaded by Duane Bieber, Michele Seadeek and Anil Kara with the oversight of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The Gartside Reservoir is located within Richland County south of Sidney, MT. The 44 acres of public and leased land has provided recreational options for many years. It offers a wide variety of activities from seasonal game fishing and recreational uses for boating (manual or electric troll only), kayaking and swimming; while the surrounding area is used for hiking, picnicking, and daytrips. Currently there is one official designated recreation area and entrance; however, there is an undeveloped visitor created access road that ends in a turnaround area. Due to its proximity to a grassy marsh, it is a prime place for a kayak entrance and would enhance access for fishing. More picnic areas could be created and improvements made to the current area used for parking and turnaround. In addition, two more picnic areas could be added on the small overlook-one on the upper area and the other on the lower outcrop- with added parking for a maximum of three cars. An informational trail sign about the reservoir could be added at the lower outcropping in the picnic area. These improvements would enhance the opportunity for more families and groups to enjoy this special area. However, it will only be possible if private donors step up to make it happen.

Donate NOW to this great outdoor project for Richland County, please contact Michele Seadeek at 620-767-2823 or Kristin Kennedy at the Sidney Chamber at (406) 433-1916 or mail donations to Sidney Chamber at 909 S Central Ave, Sidney, MT 59270.


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