Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks released its Decision Notice and recommendations that will be made to the FWP Commission regarding proposed changes to the boating rules that would affect portions of the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers near Missoula and a small section of the Blackfoot River just upstream from the former Milltown Dam site. The proposed rules address public safety concerns and social conflicts, and would establish some additional sections of the Clark Fork River in the Missoula vicinity that would either be closed to motorized watercraft or limited by horsepower. Additionally, FWP is opening a 7-day comment period on a proposal to prohibit personal watercraft on the Bitterroot River and sections of the Clark Fork River. The decision to open the comment period was made to ensure that the public is adequately informed about the recommended changes that would affect personal watercraft. This comment period applies only to the recommendation to prohibit personal watercraft on the Bitterroot River and sections of the Clark Fork River. (See News Release and Decision Notice for further information.) The FWP Commission is scheduled to make a final decision on the proposed boating rules changes at its regular Commission meeting on October 13, 2011 in Helena.
For questions regarding the proposal, please contact Pat Saffel (FWP, Missoula) at 406-542-5507 or firstname.lastname@example.org Comments on the proposed personal watercraft rule must be received no later than 5:00 pm on October 7, 2011. (The comment period for all other aspects of the R2 Boating Rules closed on June 27, and only comments on the personal watercraft rule will be considered.)
The public comment period for this public notice ended on Friday, October 7, 2011.