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Winter road. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Lake Como – Icy Roads and Hazardous Thin Ice

Ice fishing, skating or walking on the frozen Lake Como northwest of Darby is not advised. In fact, driving to the lake is hazardous.

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Lake Como. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley’s Lake Como Level is Dropping Early

It's several weeks early, butthe moveable boat dock on the south side of Lake Como is being removed Wednesday, August 7.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the water level of the popular lake has dropped steadily in recent weeks

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Misty afternoon up the Skalkaho. (fullerton photo)
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Rain Delays Bitterroot National Forest Beetle Spraying

Spraying plans to combat the Mountain Pine Beetle in some Bitterroot National Forest recreation sites have been delayed, due to rainy conditions.

A slow moving cold front has spread rain throughout the Bitterroot Valley Wednesday and weather is expected to be "unsettled" through the weekend

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A view of the swimming area and beach last summer at Lake Como. (KLYQ File Photo)
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The Bitterroot’s Lake Como, Other Forest Service Sites are Ready for the Summer – Part One

The Bitterroot National Forest crews have been busy getting areas ready for summer fun throughout the valley.

We'll look at Lake Como in this report.

Day Use Fees are required at Como, and cost $5 per car per day or $30 for the whole season - from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend

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The beetle-killed trees are being removed. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Expect Lake Como Logging Almost Every Day of the Week

The Bitterroot National Forest crews are logging beetle-killed and infested trees and thinning other forest stands around Lake Como.

The 210-acre project has required the closure of some popular areas, including the Lake Como boat launch on the south side of the lake, according to Tod McKay of the USFS

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The Lake Como boat launch last summer. (KLYQ Photo)
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Lake Como Boat Launch Will Close During Logging

The trees around Lake Como have been attacked by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Many trees have died and others are dying, causing a safety hazard for people who visit the area.

One logging operation was completed last year and another has begun to make the area safe for recreation

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The area under consideration for management by the Bitterroot National Forest. (USFS)
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Bitterroot National Forest Wants Public Comment on Lake Como Area Project

The Bitterroot National Forest has plans to work on about 5,640 acres of forest land between Lake Como and Lost Horse Road.

The area encompasses land on the ridge between Lake Como and the Lost Horse Canyon on the north

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Mountain Pine Beetles have attacked nearby trees in this 2012 photo. (USFS)
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More Beetle-killed Trees to be Removed at Lake Como

The Bitterroot National Forest is heading back to Lake Como to remove more trees that have been killed or are dying from infestations of the Mountain Pine Beetle.

Logging has been conducted over the past year, and now another project on 210 acres will remove trees from campgrounds and areas on the south and north sides of the lake

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The restored sand at Lake Como. (KLYQ Photo)
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The Shifting Sands of Como Lake

The beach area at Lake Como northwest of Darby has been transformed over the last few years into a convenient gathering place for summer visitors.

In fact, the Lake Como area is the top recreation area for the Northern Region of the U

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Lake Como in the winter. (Fullerton Photo)
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Winter Arrives at Lake Como

Tracks head on out onto the thickening ice at Lake Como, northwest of Darby. The lake's water level recedes to its historic shoreline (pre-dam) in the winter, revealing much of the lake bottom.

The popular recreation area is a lot quieter this time of the year

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