No, it’s not an illusion.
There really are more people enjoying Montana’s outdoor areas than in previous years; a lot more.
Dillon Tabish, Education and Program Manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1, provided the eye-opening numbers to KGVO.
“So far we’ve seen a 20% increase in visitation at our Montana State Parks over last year and last year was also a big increase, so in the last two years, visitation at our state parks has jumped 78%.,” said Tabish. “That really shows you how many people are out there using these public lands and these public parks, which is a great thing. We just want to remind them to recreate responsibly.”
Tabish said finding an open campsite is becoming as difficult as finding a home for sale in western Montana.
“With camping especially, if you look across the board, it can be a little difficult to find a campsite anymore,” he said. “Because of that, I think it’s something we’re all going to have to ask ourselves, ‘Do we need more of these public places?’ because obviously, anything we do at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, we’ll need the support of Montanans before we could make a proposal.”
Tabish said communication and planning