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Blue Bay is under the direct supervision of the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation, specifically the Wildland Recreation Program. All questions or comments regarding Blue Bay should be directed to Lester Bigcrane at lester.bigcrane@cskt.org or call (406) 883-2888 ext. 7289

LODGES

Application or Reservation Request

1. Fill out Application/Reservation form, sign and return to:

Wildland Recreation Program

P.O. Box 278

Pablo, MT 59855

2. Payment (checks) are made out to: CSKT – Blue Bay Campground

3. Lodge Complex building rental fee schedule is:

  • CSKT Member - Peak Season Rate: $100 per day per building. (Off-Season Rate: $90.00)
  • CSKT Programs - Peak Season Rate: $300 per day per building. (Off-Season Rate: $270.00)
  • Non-Tribal established Institutions, Organizations and Corporations - Peak Season Rate: $700 per day per building. (Off-Season Rate: $525.00)
  • Tipis (per Tipi) - Peak Season Rate: $50.00 

4. The Main Lodge, Dining Hall, Bunkhouse & associated Restroom/Shower buildings are designated overnight use.

5. The Lakefront Building is designated use per day.

6. CSKT Programs and Non-Tribal established Institutions, Organizations and Corporations can rent the Lakefront Building for ½ day or full day.

7. A Cleaning/Damages Deposit of $100 will be included for each scheduled use. This fee can be refunded with approval by Blue Bay staff. The staff will inspect used facilities at conclusion of scheduled use to determine if deposit can be refunded. Failure to return building keys will result in loss of deposit in order to recover costs of replacing all building locks.

8. Applicants requesting a “Fee Reduction” will submit application form and written detailed justification to Wildland Recreation Program. The Wildland Recreation Program will present the request to the Tribal Council.

9. The applicant will provide information on the application regarding planned activity type, group size, etc., to aid the campground attendant and security in performing duties.

10. Include on application an estimated number of users, overall and for each building reserved.

11. Once the application has been approved and deposit received the reservation will be added to schedule and the applicant notified.

12. After full payment has been received then the applicant is eligible to receive the building keys and arrangements can be made with the Wildland Recreation Program or Blue Bay Attendant to get the building keys. At completion of the scheduled event all keys must be returned to the Wildland Recreation Program or Blue Bay Attendant with a signed confirmation of their return on the application form. Failure to return the keys at conclusion of use will result in loss of Cleaning/Damages Deposit to recover costs to replace locks on buildings.

13. Applicant will be responsible to return the building(s)/grounds to their condition prior to use.

14. The applicant will be financially responsible for any costs to repair damages and any cleaning necessary to return building(s)/grounds to their condition prior to use.

15. All fees paid in advance shall be forfeited for any violation of the application agreement or other Tribal or Blue Bay grounds rules or regulations.

16. Youth and educational camps will have priority for facilities rental. A March 31st (or last business day of the month) deadline will be established for educational institution priority for scheduling use of lodges. After deadline, schedule of use will be on a “First Come, First Served” basis with a completed application.

17. The Group Shelter will have priority reserved use during youth camps. For all other uses, the Group Shelter will be on a “First Come, First Served” basis.

18. Individual use has a 3-day maximum length of stay rental.

19. Rental of lodges and buildings includes access to Day Use Area but not campsites in campground.

20. Commercial use by a Tribal program will require a rental fee.

21. An open date will be scheduled between events to allow for staff to inspect facilities, clean, and make any necessary repairs.

22. When in the Blue Bay Lodges, Campground and Day Use Area, all users of Lodge Complex will be required to abide by the established rules, regulations and policies established for those areas.

23. The Blue Bay staff and law enforcement officials are authorized to immediately remove a person or persons that violate rules, threaten or endanger human health and safety, cause property damage or are a nuisance to other users.

24. Violation of regulations may result in the immediate removal from Blue Bay Grounds and the loss of privileges to enter and use Blue Bay Grounds, Day Use Area, Campground and Lodges in the future.

 

LODGE RULES

1. All vehicles must fill out a use permit registration envelope, including members of Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and the general public.

2. Alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited in ALL areas of the Blue Bay Grounds.

3. Checkout time for campers is 2 PM unless registered for the night.

4. Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 7 AM. Campground gate is closed during quiet hours. Walk-in access only.

5. Pets must be on a leash and may not run unattended. Pet feces must be picked up by owners. Pets will not be left alone on grounds while owner goes boating, swimming, to town, etc.

6. Do not leave campfires unattended.

7. Discharging firearms on Blue Bay grounds NOT allowed.

8. Do NOT cut any live vegetation or trees. Firewood for campfires is available in designated campground areas.

9. Leaving a camp unattended for a period of 24 hours or longer is a regulations violation.

10. No jet skis (launching or on grounds).

11. No ATVs (launching or on grounds).

12. The use of fireworks is prohibited except at the Day Use Area on the Fourth of July.

13. When in the Blue Bay Lodges, Campground and Day Use Area, all users of Lodge Complex will be required to abide by the established rules, regulations and policies established for those areas.

14. The Blue Bay staff and law enforcement officials are authorized to immediately remove a person or persons that violate rules, threaten or endanger human health and safety, cause property damage or are a nuisance to other users.

15. Violation of regulations may result in the immediate removal from Blue Bay Grounds and the loss of privileges to enter and use Blue Bay Grounds, Day Use Area, Campground and Lodges in the future.

16. If in doubt, or questions arise, ask the Blue Bay Attendant.

17. See “Flathead Indian Reservation Fishing, Bird Hunting and Recreation Regulations of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks” for a full list of applicable regulations.

LODGE FEES

The Wildland Recreation Program & Blue Bay Attendant will be responsible for scheduling, booking and collecting payment for the Lodge Complex (Main Lodge, Dining Hall, Bunkhouse and Restroom/Shower buildings), the Lakefront Building and Tipi rentals. The Attendant or designated staff will also be responsible to conduct inspections with renters prior to use and after use to determine conditions of facilities and eligibility for deposit refunds.

1. Building and facilities available for rentals are:

a. Main Lodge

b. Dining Hall

c. Bunkhouse

d. Lakefront Building

e. Tipis

2. Lodge Complex and Lakefront Building rental fee schedule is :

a. Tribal Members - $100 per day per building.

b. Tribal Programs - $300 per day per building.

c. Non-Tribal established Institutions, Organizations and Corporations - $700 per day per building.

d. Tipis - $50 per day per tipi (overnight use).

3. A Cleaning/Damages Deposit of $100 will be included for each scheduled use. This fee can be refunded with approval by Blue Bay staff. The staff will inspect used facilities at conclusion of scheduled use to determine if deposit can be refunded. Failure to return the keys at conclusion of use will result in loss of Cleaning/Damages Deposit to recover costs to replace locks on buildings.

4. The Main Lodge, Dining Hall, Bunkhouse & associated Restroom/Shower buildings are designated overnight use.

5. The Lakefront Building is designated use per day.

6. Tribal Programs and Non-Tribal established Institutions, Organizations and Corporations can rent the Lakefront Building for ½ day or full day.

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