Montana's rivers and streams are amoung our state's greatest assets.
As recreational use on and near Montana’s river resources continues to grow, different river user groups (fishing, floating, tubing, camping, etc.) are encountering each other more frequently. This can lead to conflict between users or a perception of river crowding.
Access sites and boat launches are receiving more traffic and at times are congested. In some cases, river users are not respectful of private land, causing tension between river users and landowners. Additionally, increasing recreational use of rivers is placing pressure on natural resources and resulting in problems such as litter, human waste and vegetation degradation.
It is crucial for river users to work together to protect our rivers.
This page describes river ethics and etiquette that each person who enjoys Montana’s great river resources can follow to help protect the recreational experience and the resource.