In 2008, 4.8 acres of land along the Yellowstone River near Hysham was donated to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for the purpose of providing additional public access to the Yellowstone River and developing a fishing access site (FAS). FWP proposes to acquire a permanent right-of-way easement on 1.8 acres of accreted land located between the FAS and the Yellowstone River from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). FWP also proposes to develop the Amelia Island FAS and the accreted land adjacent to the FAS. Proposed developments include a designated parking area, a single-wide concrete boat ramp; a concrete vault latrine, informational signs, additional fencing, and improvements to the access road. Based on the Environmental Assessment on which seven favorable public comments were received and FWP’s evaluation, it is our decision to proceed with FWP’s preferred alternative B and implement the proposed action which states FWP will provide a boat ramp to the Yellowstone River at Amelia Island FAS. The current access road and parking area will be graded and graveled to provide better access in all weather conditions. Fencing and signing will delineate parking, public routes and lands, thus, limiting vehicular impacts to the surrounding habitat. A sealed vault latrine will be installed, which will help alleviate health concerns from increased human activity. Implementation of alternative B is contingent on acquiring a permanent right-of-way easement on 1.8 acres of accreted land located between the FAS and the Yellowstone River from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).
Mike Backes Fisheries Manager, Region 7 P.O. Box 1630 Miles City, MT 59301 (406) 234-0925