Fire Suppression Activities Force Closure of NW Montana Lake Involving All Recreation
By angelamontana


Murphy Lake in its entirety, south of Eureka, in Lincoln County, is being closed to all boating, motorized and non-motorized and all recreation until further notice. The closure is necessary to protect the safety of public and Chinook helicopter pilots while dipping to collect water to fight wild fires on Mount Marston and Mount Barnaby. This lake is within the Kootenai National Forest and is adjacent to the Murphy Lake Ranger District headquarters. Wording in the official order is included below:

“Murphy Lake is closed to all public occupation and recreation including, but not limited to, floating, swimming, wading, and boating. This rule is effective as long as the lake is needed as a source of water for fire suppression efforts.”
FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson, 756-1558 is the public contact for this emergency closure.

(via Montana FWP; Feature photo via Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)






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