Blue Bay Campground, Montana State Parks Gear Up for Holiday Season | News
FLATHEAD LAKE – Blue Bay will have a good year and Montana will have another busy summer. Campgrounds will be full, parks will be crowded, and people are booking Airbnbs a year in advance as they become more expensive and have limited availability during the summer vacation season.
Funding from the Department of Natural Resources Wilderness Recreation Program helped meet one of the recreation needs, such as upgrading the fishing pier for the upcoming entertainment season at Blue Bay Campground .
Wind and waves can have adverse effects on docks. As the lake level dropped, personnel had access to areas where modifications or repairs needed to be made.
“Our tribal members love Blue Bay; we don’t have a lot of access areas for tribal members,” said Rich Janssen, director of NRD.
Other updates include the purchase of a large ice machine, which will allow Blue Bay to store and sell ice to customers. They sell 50 to 100 bags of ice per day.
One of the bathrooms at the back of the campsite has been updated.
Jobs for Blue Bay and other locations will be posted next month, and Blue Bay will continue to prepare for the season that Montanians are looking forward to. “We are excited and expect a good year,” Janssen said.
Blue Bay Campground is scheduled to open for Memorial Day weekend.
Montana State Parks is forecasting a busy year. Glacier National Park has announced that a vehicle reservation system will be reinstated for the 2022 peak season, which runs from May 27 to September 11, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.if it is not possible to get a reservation, inquire about being able to enter without one after 4 p.m. There are different guidelines for different areas.
Vehicle reservations are not required for tribe members, landowners in vehicle reservation areas, and their guests or visitors entering on foot or by bicycle.
For more information on the Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation System, go to https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm
Although there are economic benefits for tourists visiting Montana, many Montana residents are beginning to feel overcrowded with tourists. Data shows that in recent years, more people have begun to agree than disagree that Montana is becoming overcrowded with tourists.
According to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research’s recent report, “Montana Residents: Attitudes Towards Tourism 2021 (ITRR)” for the first time, more than half of respondents (56%) feel the state is becoming overcrowded. due to more tourists in the fourth quarter of 2021. Residents’ attitude towards overcrowding in the state has risen from 28% agreement to 56% over the past 20 years.
Since 1991, the ITRR has asked residents specific questions about their attitudes towards tourism during the fourth quarter of each year (October, November and December) in order to track current trends in the perception of the industry.
According to the report, 85% of residents in Yellowstone Country felt their community was becoming overcrowded due to increased tourism. Respondents from Glacier Country were of the same opinion, with 70% agreeing.
The report says residents believe the current level of overcrowding is due to people moving into the state, as well as the number of people who visit each year.
Residents can expect another busy summer, with both traditional tourists and newcomers alike.
Rural stays near national and state parks, the Great Lakes, and white sand beaches were all the rage last summer compared to summer 2019. Whitefish Mountain near Glacier National Park, West Yellowstone and Park County were all on Airbnb’s list of top destinations for summer 2021.
According to Airbnb’s top 10 most-wanted stays, which include rustic retreats, immersive abodes with sweeping nature views, and architectural marvels. Creekside Hideaway in Clancy ranks in the top 10.
Airbnbs is expecting another busy summer as families seek destinations with theme parks and other kid-friendly attractions. Since this year, many families are booking stays in various parts of Florida, which claims half of Airbnb’s top summer destinations in 2022.
According to Expedia’s 2022 Travel Trends Reports, more than two-thirds of Americans (68%) plan to go big on their next trip, and many international destinations are eyeing it. Expedia calls this new way of traveling the “GOAT” (greatest of all travel) mindset.
People are looking for excitement and zest for life after the difficult pandemic years. As coronavirus restrictions are eased, the travel industry is anticipating an increase in travel.