Fairy Lake in summer, Bridger Range, Custer Gallatin National Forest

Fairy Lake, located in the Bridger Range northeast of Bozeman, during the summer.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - A 21-year-old local man was rescued near Fairy Lake by Gallatin County Search and Rescue members on Saturday night after getting his vehicle stuck in a tree well.

The call came in around 8:30 PM, with Search and Rescue snowmobilers responding to the area around the remote lake north of Bozeman and helping the man free his machine from the well, according to a press release from the county.

The man told his rescuers that he realized it was a big mistake to go out snowmobiling alone, a sentiment echoed by Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who reminds recreationists that any time you are in the backcountry, you need to be with a partner.

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