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. Recreation passes are available at any Forest Service office, quite a few retail stores, and on-site at the lake.

According to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest, the boat launch area will be open for the Memorial Day weekend, even though the active timber sale is not yet completed. It has an expanded parking area, newly paved entrance road and a new boat ramp with a longer boat dock.

The Lower Como Campground is open with 11 pull-through sites, electric and water hookups and accessible toilets. First come, first served. No reservations.

The Three Frogs Campground on the north side of the lake is open with 21 campsites. Again, no reservations - first come, first served.

The Lake Como Picnic Area (see photo) and trailhead are open.

The Rock Creek Horse Camp is open with 11 campsites, hitching rails, feed troughs, accessible toilets and garbage service. No water. No reservations.

The Three Sisters Group Site is open and taking reservations. It can handle up to 75 people and has a pavilion, picnic tables, BBQ grills and toilets. Call the Darby Ranger District at (406) 821-3913.

The popular Woods Cabin is already completely booked for the summer. Reservations can be made for fall and winter at