Written by Al Stover
Anyone visiting the Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site may notice some changes in the area next to horseshoe pit.
The Lions Club purchased concrete tables for the Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site, also known as Bridge Park.
The cement pads for the tables were bought with Lions Club funds and created three weeks ago. Rocky Braaten and his sons donated their time to finish the cement and put together the tables.
According to Woody Baxter of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the City of Wolf Point was seeking someone to maintain the park and to manage the recreation management in the late ‘90s.
The city approached the FWP, who took it over and placed it under their Montana Fishing Access site program, which totals 336 sites. The program provides the public with a place to fish, whether it is a pond, a creek, a reservoir or the Missouri River. The sites are paid for and maintained by using funds raised by the sale of Montana fishing licenses.
Baxter was looking for help to maintain the upkeep of the horseshoe pits. He approached the Wolf Point Lions Club three years ago and the club donated their money and time to help with the upkeep of the horseshoe pits.
“I’m so grateful the Lions Club came along and saved the day,” Baxter said.
In addition to purchasing the tables, the Lions Club fixed the backstops behind the stakes and also rebuilt the backstop areas in the horse shoe pit.
David Fyfe, Wolf Point Lions Club president, said the club is trying to make the horseshoe pit area more accessible for people to use it.
“This is a nice park that is for the community and hopefully we can keep it in check,” Fyfe said.
Fyfe hopes to have more activities at the park. He said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will have regulations for groups to contact them. Individuals can come down and use it from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In addition to the Lions Club paying for the tables out of their funds, Fyfe comes out and maintains the horseshoe area for the FWP on his own time.
“I want to keep this place going and clean,” Fyfe said.