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Saturday will mark opening of Bailey Reservoir access


May 17, 2013

In the late 1960s, Howard Bailey built a reservoir on his property south of Kremlin.

The reservoir is, at the longest point, nearly two-thirds of a mile long, and Bailey became something of a hero to area fishers.

“He just looked over the prairie, and he could see on the lay of the coulee a body of water,” his daughter, Jeanne Bailey Martin, said. “He saw it like an oasis on the prairie.”

“He built it for only two reasons,” said Woody Baxter of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “He wanted people to be able to fish, and he wanted a place for birds to nest.”

“Not a drop of water was used for irrigation,” he said.

The reservoir became a favorite spot for fishermen.

“He loved having people fish,” Martin said of her father. “He never met a person he didn’t like.”

For years, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks stocked the reservoir. When Bailey died — he drowned while ice fishing on the pond — there were fears that someone may want the pond as a location fo...

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