The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will make a decision on a proposal to modify motorized boating regulations on several stretches of river near Missoula at their October 13 meeting in Helena.
The changes were proposed to address public safety concerns and social conflicts on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers in the Missoula vicinity and a few outdated regulations on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers in the old Milltown Reservoir area.
The FWP Commission adopted tentative changes to the boating regulations at their May 2011 meeting, and a 30-day public comment period on these proposed changes followed.
FWP says that it received over 600 comments on the tentative regulations when the public comment period ended on June 27.
These comments, along with a corresponding FWP recommendation on motorized regulations for the affected stretches of river will be presented to the FWP Commission for final decision.
The recommendation that will go to the Commission will be available to the public sometime during the week of Oct. 3 on the FWP website, fwp.mt.gov. Look under Public Notices. Or, call the Missoula FWP office at 406-542-5500.