Thu Dec 17 00:00:00 MST 2009
Region 2 of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has issued a Decision Notice (DN) to proceed with site improvements at the Russell Gates Memorial Fishing Access Site (FAS), located on the south side of MT Highway 200 about 36 miles east of Bonner in Missoula County. Planned improvements include creating a day-use parking area with up to 30 parking spaces, building a new gravel boat ramp, and installing a vault latrine, as well as revegetation and stabilization of the river bank. The proposed work will provide better separation of the day-use and camping areas, while protecting riparian vegetation and reducing human caused sedimentation into the Blackfoot River. The purpose of the proposed project is to accommodate public recreational use of the site and to stabilize and restore the riverbank to prevent further degradation along this stretch of river.