BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted walk-in restrictions on all but two of its south-central Montana fishing access sites that were flooded earlier this year.
Most fishing access sites along the Yellowstone River and one on the Bighorn River were restricted to walk-in only because of high water or flood damage this past spring. Flows have receded, and flood damage is repaired on all but two of the sites, so FWP has lifted restrictions and opened the sites to drive-in use.
Indian Fort fishing access site on the Yellowstone River at Reed Point remains closed to all but walk-in traffic after the access road washed out. FWP currently is beginning the planning and design process for repairing or replacing the access road, so the site will remain restricted for the foreseeable future.
The fishing access site portion of Grant Marsh on the Bighorn River north of Hardin remains restricted to walk-in only after the access road and parts of the site washed away during high spring runoff. FWP is weighing its options for future use of the site, so access will remain restricted to walk-in only for the foreseeable future. The wildlife management area portion of Grant Marsh remains open and accessible.
The Grey Bear fishing access site on the Yellowstone River west of Big Timber is reopened to vehicle traffic after FWP cleaned up and made repairs to the boat launch and river access. Parking is limited, however. Boaters are reminded not to park along the county road through the site since wide agricultural equipment needs to use the right-of-way. People who park vehicles and boat trailers on the roadway risk being ticketed by the Sweet Grass County sheriff.
Cleanup and repairs are complete at all other Yellowstone River fishing access sites and drive-in access was restored this month. They include Captain Clark east of Pompeys Pillar, Bundy Bridge at Pompeys Pillar, Voyagers Rest and Gritty Stone near Worden, Duck Creek west of Billings and Buffalo Mirage at Park City. Other fishing access sites along south-central Montana’s rivers and streams remained open during spring runoff.
(via MT FWP)