Crews are busy around Lake Como, northwest of Darby.

As we've mentioned before, the beetle-killed trees are coming down in a harvest operation that continues around the campgrounds at the popular recreation area.

But, starting next Monday, April 16, the boat launch area on the south side of the lake will be closed. The overcrowded parking area will be expanded to allow 20 more parking spots for boat trailers and vehicles. The entrance road will also be resurfaced, according to Tod McKay, Public Affairs Officer of the Bitterroot National Forest.

Last fall, the new concrete boat ramp was constructed, which will tie into a new wider boat dock to improve loading and unloading and other safety considerations.

The boat launch area is near the new group site area which can now be used by family gatherings and weddings.

Other projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act include the expanded Three Frogs Campground and work on the historic Woods Cabin.

McKay said the Lake Como recreation area is the "most utilized recreation site in the Northern Rockies Region of the Forest Service." More than 150,000 people visit every year, and even more are discovering the new cross-country ski trails.

For more information, call Erica at the Darby Ranger District (406) 821-3913.