Friday, February 20, 2004
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently increased recreational opportunities for Montanans by approving two new fishing access sites and a new state park.
Tower Rock near Cascade along the Missouri River will soon become the state’s newest state park. Meriwether Lewis said this towering granite outcropping marked the transition between travel on the plains and travel in the Rocky Mountains for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The site will require minimal upkeep by FWP. A small parking area is planned, but the site will remain in its natural state except for the possible future addition of trails and interpretive displays.
The 137-acre site, currently owned by the Montana Department of Transportation, will be transferred to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks with approval of the State Land Board. The 2003 Legislature passed a law prohibiting the state from selling Tower Rock.
The commission also approved two new fishing access sites, both within 12 miles of Missoula. Acquisition of the six-acre Weigh Station site and the eight-acre Angevine site increases the number of fishing access sites on the Lower Blackfoot River to three.
The two new FAS acquisitions will cost about $200,000 which will be paid using federal Land and Water Conservation funds and license account dollars.