Thursday, August 27, 2009
Public Lands Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - Region 5
BILLINGS — The Yellowstone Wildlife Management Area will close to the public starting Friday for improvement of 3.7 miles of road. It is expected to remain closed for as long as 30 days.
Contractors will grade and add gravel to a portion of the road, which has been closed to public motor vehicle traffic, from the existing parking lot to the northwestern corner of the 3,700-acre wildlife management area. They also will build a parking area at the end of the road.
There is no public parking outside of the wildlife management area, and heavy equipment will operate on all existing roads and parking areas. For safety reasons, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will close the entire area to all public use. If construction is completed before the end of September, the area will reopen and notice will be posted on the FWP Web site.
The Yellowstone Wildlife Management Area about two miles west of Pompeys Pillar National Monument along the north bank of the Yellowstone River.