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Lilly Pad and Crater Lakes - July 2014
Beautiful Lakes on School Trust Land

Lilly Pad Trail dedicated

Culmination of 15 year effort

On July 3 , 2014 approximately 60 people gathered atop a crest of the mile-long trail to dedicate it in the memory of Ernie Strum, a longtime Red Lodge resident . This recently created trail to Lilly Pad and Crater lakes has been a 15 year effort on the part of local folks and various government agencies - most notably the Beartooth Backcountry Horsemen.

Billings Gazette Story

New Beartooth trail to be dedicated in honor of volunteer

It’s fitting that a new trail providing access to a section of state land and two lakes along the base of the Beartooth Mountains will be dedicated on the eve of the Fourth of July, said Ron Nusbaum.

“It truly is an American project,” said the member of the Beartooth Back Country Horsemen about a project that was first conceived in the 1990s.

Nusbaum was one of several individuals who pitched in to ensure the trail was built across a small parcel of Bureau of Land Management property. But he’s more than willing to share the credit with other folks in a variety of state and federal agencies as well as with volunteers.

“That list is longer than my arm,” he said. “I spent 30 years in the federal government and never, never have I seen federal, state and private groups come together like this.”

“The groups just didn’t drop it,” said Jim Sparks, director of the BLM’s Billings Field Office, who helped push the work forward.


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