Friday, July 29, 2011
Of Montana's 334 fishing access sites, about 60 were temporarily closed following heavy flooding this spring. Cleanup and repair is underway and many of these sites have reopened and others will soon.
"Flood waters this spring eroded banks, washed out roads, flooded latrines and generally made a number of the fishing access sites unsafe for the public," said Allan Kuser, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access site coordinator. "Now these sites are being cleaned, repaired and reopened as quickly as possible."
Montana's heavily used fishing access sites dot fishing streams, reservoirs and rivers with famous names like the Big Horn, the Missouri, the Yellowstone, the Madison and the Flathead.
To keep up-to-date on the status of affected FAS sites, click on the Closures and Restrictions link on the FWP homepage at fwp.mt.gov .
Kuser urges boaters, anglers and others to continue to be very cautious recreating in and around Montana's waters as water levels remain high. For information on water safety, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov on the Recreation page and click on Stay Safe Outdoors.
Kuser said a few FASs where access roads were washed out, or where other major reconstruction may be required, might not reopen until fall, or even next year.
To learn more about Montana's FASs, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and click on the Fishing page for the "Visit a Fishing Access Site" link.