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.S. Forest Service.

But, the sand is right next to the main spillway of the dam. As a result, each year some of the sand flows away from the beach, past the dam and gathers at the bottom of the spillway.

According to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest, that sand is recovered during the winter months and brought back to the beach area. The annual operation was in progress last weekend, with the favorable weather conditions.