Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has closed eight fishing access sites (FAS) in southwestern Montana due to flooding. According to Tom Greason, maintenance and FAS coordinator for FWP in Bozeman, most of the sites are located on the Yellowstone River. However, several Jefferson and Missouri River sites also have been closed.
"Our standard for closing is when our sites are unusable--people cannot access them. There is no reason for people to be on the site, and the danger exists of being swept away due to swift currents and high water."
Greason said he watched a middle-aged couple earlier this week wade out into the Gallatin River, despite the danger. He recommends recreationists stay off the river and out of fishing access sites until water levels recede.
FASs closed on the Yellowstone as of June 3rd are: Emigrant, Grey Owl, Mallards Rest, Highway 89 Bridge, Sheep Mountain and Springdale. Closures on the Jefferson are: Cardwell and at Drouillard partial closure. On the Missouri River, the Deepdale FAS has been closed. Headwaters State Park is experiencing major flooding and also is closed.
Greason said he expects to close several Gallatin River FASs within the next few days if river levels continue to rise.