Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comments on proposed changes to the Beaverhead and Big Hole river recreation rules. The rules have been in place since 1999 and regulate float outfitting, non-resident float fishing, and watercraft launches on these popular rivers.
In March, the FWP Commission requested public comment on the effectiveness of the current rules. “The majority of the responses stated that the rules have improved the recreation experience and should be retained,” said Charlie Sperry, FWP’s Recreation Program Management Specialist. The Commission also learned of potential changes that could improve the effectiveness of the rules.”
The Commission is scheduled to make a final decision in July about the proposed rule amendments. Changes include allowing any licensed outfitter to use the lower 2.2 miles of the Beaverhead to reach the upper Jefferson River; clarifying language about outfitters with an “expired” license; reflect that Mudd Creek is a BLM access site rather than a FWP site; and require a review of the rules every five years to assess their effectiveness.
To view a copy of the proposed rule changes, visit the FWP web site at fwp.mt.gov. Under Recreation, click on Beaverhead and Big Hole River Recreation Rules, or call (406) 444-3750.
Public hearings on this topic are scheduled at Beaverhead County Search and Rescue, 1116 Highway 41, Dillon on May 26 at 6:00 p.m., and at the War Bonnet Inn, 2100 Cornell Ave, Butte on May 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Comments on the Beaverhead and Big Hole rule changes will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 4, 2010, and should be e-mailed to: email@example.com; or mailed to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Beaverhead Big Hole Rules, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.