Rights and Responsibilities of Landowners and Recreationists
This is a summary of the ways in which Montana's 1985 stream access law affects the recreational use of the state's rivers and streams and incorporates the ways the law has been interpreted by the courts in Montana.
The law states that rivers and streams capable of recreational use may be so used by the public regardless of streambed ownership. It also states that certain activities require landowner permission. Because the law affects your rights and responsibilities as a landowner or recreationist, the information that follows may be of interest to you.
Recreational mining must adhere to closures and restrictions indicated in the Instream Mining Stream Classification list. This document can be found in the Ponds & Streams table under Stream Permitting.