Fishing outfitters and other commercial users who operate on the Madison River need to obtain a special recreation permit under the new Madison River Special Recreation Permit Program. The deadline for commercial users to apply for a permit is April 15, 2008.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Bureau of Land Management cooperatively developed and adopted the program in 2007. The Special Recreation Permits are authorizations that allow for commercial, competitive, and organized group recreational use of public lands and related waters.
The permit system will take effect on May 1 and encompasses the 98-mile stretch of river between the national forest boundary below Quake Lake and its confluence with the Jefferson River. Beginning on May 1, all commercial users must have a permit or risk being in violation of the permit system.
“This is the first year of implementing the program,” said Maria Blevins, FWP Madison River Manager. “We’ve held numerous public information meetings and sent a lot of letters, but we want to make sure we’re not missing anyone.”
Fees collected from the program will be used to improve recreation management and facilities along the Madison River.
For more information about the Madison Special Recreation Permit Program and a timeline for implementing the program, visit FWP’s website at http://fwp.mt.gov/parks/recreation/madisonsrp.html or call Maria Blevins at 406-994-6359.