Yellowstone National Park Officials Finalize Plans For Future Of Lake Area

Park Service officials have adopted a long-range plan to manage development in the Lake, Bridge Bay, and FIshing Bridge areas of Yellowstone National Park. NPS photo.

National Park Service officials have approved a long-term plan for managing development at the Lake area of Yellowstone National Park. The adopted plan shows a reduction in both paved acreage and RV spots at Fishing Bridge from the initial proposal put forth by Yellowstone officials.

According to park officials, the plan, which covers Lake Village, Fishing Bridge, and Bridge Bay, just presents a framework under which future decisions would operate within; it does not actually call for any projects to move forward, according to park officials.

Whereas the park's initial preference was to pave 7 acres of land with the Fishing Bridge RV park's 10-acre footprint, the adopted plan would cut that in half. That decision reduces by 33 the number of RV spots -- from 358 to 325 -- that will be permitted.

Yellowstone officials say the plan, designed to remain in effect for 10-15 years, builds upon management actions from the past several decades designed to reduce human impacts on grizzly bears in the Lake Area. These actions have contributed toward recovery of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by significantly reducing human-caused bear mortalities in the Fishing Bridge area.

Among the projects addressed are replacement of 70-year-old water lines, seismic stabilization for the Lake Hotel, and adaptive use of some historic structures.

Copies of the EA, FONSI, and final plan are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lakecompplan. A hard copy of the FONSI, EA and final plan are available upon request by writing to the Lake Comprehensive Plan, National Park Service, P. O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.