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Flooding Closes Old Steel Bridge and Kokanee Bend Fishing Access Sites on the Flathead River near Kalispell

Fishing - Region 1

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rising waters have prompted emergency closures of two FWP Fishing Access Sites (FAS) on the Flathead River. Both sites are flooding and creating public safety concerns. Access requires crossing flood water to reach the designated river access points. These sites have been closed in the past due to flooding. The two sites are the east side of the Old Steel Bridge FAS and Kokanee Bend FAS. Both are located in Flathead County.

At the Old Steel Bridge FAS on the east side of the Flathead River near Kalispell, the accessible fishing pier is partially under water.

At the Kokanee Bend FAS about 10 miles north of Kalispell, the river has flooded the road access area and boat ramp.

Closures and restrictions will continue until flood conditions subside. Additional FAS closures are possible as conditions change, and recreationists should look for barricades and signs to indicate closed sites. FWP urges caution if venturing on or near rivers during high water.

For updates, visit fwp.mt.gov and choose “restrictions and closures.”