(1) Purpose. To provide a broad selection of outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural setting which may be used by large numbers of people.

(2) Description. Contain natural or artificial resources which provide outdoor recreational opportunities which will attract visitors from beyond the local area. They may be located in areas which have serious deficiencies in public outdoor recreation facilities, provided that state recreation areas should not be furnished in lieu of municipal, county, or federal facilities.

(3) Development and management. Protection of the natural environment and aesthetic qualities should be paramount except development for intensive use may require alteration of the natural environment, although the aesthetic qualities of the areas will be retained to the greatest degree possible by careful planning and construction of facilities.

History: 23-1-102, MCA; IMP, 23-1-102, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 1/13/76.