Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces an extension of the temporary closure of the Big Hole River between Silver Bridge and Divide Bridge near the town of Divide.
The closure, which went into effect on July 12, is necessary to facilitate Butte-Silver Bow County’s reconstruction of a diversion dam downstream of the Powerhouse Fishing Access Site.
The river was scheduled to be reopened on Oct. 31, however the project is two to three weeks behind schedule due to continual high water flows and the impact to construction work.
“We apologize for the need to extend the Big Hole River closure,” said Dick Talley, Lead Project Engineer for Dowl HKM. “Initial high water in the spring and continued high flows throughout the summer and fall have made work on the diversion structure more difficult.”
River users should also be aware that the Powerhouse Fishing Access Site is currently closed for major improvements, including parking lot expansion and installation of a concrete boat ramp and new latrine. Users should take out upstream of Powerhouse at George Grant Fishing Access on river right at river mile 57.
“We are trying our hardest to complete the project by Nov. 19, but ultimately we’re at the mercy of the weather,” added Talley.
The river will be reopened as soon as the work is complete and FWP will notify the public through a news release.