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High Water Prompts Closure and Limited Access to River Access Sites


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

The Blackfoot River April 30 on the rise due to rain and snowmelt at Johnsrud Park near Potomac. Three weeks later the signs are no longer visible and water is up to the dumpsters on the shore. Everyone is advised to not drive through or recreate in the floodwaters.

Due to extremely high water, flood conditions and associated public safety concerns, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) closed many fishing access sites (FASs) around west-central Montana May 10 under the direction of the Incident Command for the Missoula flood.

FWP also closed the gates or created temporary barriers at many other FASs around the region, along the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers. FASs with limited access remain open to walk-in use but people are urged to avoid these areas and exercise extreme caution.

The list of sites with complete closures or limited (walk-in only)...

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