|This popular recreation area (pronounced ah knee) has a variety of uses. One portion is used almost exclusively for off-highway vehicle riding and consists of about 50 miles of trails on 1,062 acres. The other portion, about 4,000 acres, offers hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, and birdwatching opportunities.Activities: Wildlife viewing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, off-highway vehicle riding.Facilities/Services: There is a restroom at the OHV area parking lot.Location/Access: Take Highway 312 east from the old Kmart in Billings Heights. Drive 7.7 miles to the flashing light and turn left onto Shepherd Road. Go 4.78 miles north to Scandia Road. Turn right onto Scandia Road and go 2.6 miles to the CA Road and turn left. The OHV parking area is on thte left about 4. 6 miles farther. Parking areas with access to the nonmotorized portion are about 1.5 miles and 3 miles farther north.Fees: Beginning March 15, 2008, ATV and motorcycle riders using the area will need to purchase a special recreation permit for each vehicle they operate.
Permits will be available for purchase beginning February 1, 2008. They can be purchased at the either the BLM Billings Field Office or the public room at the BLM Montana State Office. Both offices are located at 5001 Southgate Drive. Proof of vehicle registration will be required for each permit.
Multiple Unit/Family Permits are $105 per calendar year. Six or less permits can be purchased by one individual for a family or if an individual owns more than three ATVs or motorcycles. All vehicles must be registered to the same address. Single Unit Permits are $35 per calendar year. Day-Use Passes are $5 per day. These passes may be purchased at the OHV area by using a fee envelope at the kiosk in the parking area. All of the permit fees will be used for improvement and maintenance of the site.
Season/Hours: The OHV area is open for riding from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the OHV parking area is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The OHV area is subject to closure to motorized vehicle use due to wet and muddy conditions or because of fire danger. Call the 24-hour hotline for the latest information: 896-5014. Otherwise, the area is open year-round. Recreationists should take extra precaution during hunting season.