Public Lands Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - Region 3
Friday, May 30, 2008
Three southwest Montana fishing access sites have re-opened after flooding and high water flows receded. One site, High Road on the Big Hole River, will be permanently closed due to irreparable flood damage.
The three sites that have re-opened to public use are Four Corners and Gallatin Forks (Nixon Bridge) on the Gallatin River near Manhattan and Alder Bridge on the Ruby River near Alder.
The High Road Fishing Access Site on the Big Hole near Twin Bridges has been permanently closed due to erosion beyond repair. Floodwaters washed out the entrance road, eliminating access to the site. High Road is on private land leased by FWP. There is no additional land at the leased site to rebuild an access road.
Water levels have dropped and all sites are now free of water. Although sites are open, FWP cautions those recreating outdoors to be extremely careful along the banks of rivers with high flows and to be aware that conditions may change rapidly.
FWP officials advise boaters to avoid venturing out onto area rivers until flows slow and flood conditions subside. The water is very cold from melting snowpack and the flows are high and powerful. Snags and debris are also being pushed down rivers, creating dangerous conditions.
FWP will post any additional fishing access site closures for southwest Montana on the web under Recent Region 3 News at http://fwp.mt.gov/r3/default.html.