Kalispell, MT — The section of Swan River near the Montana Highway 209 bridge in Ferndale is being reopened to recreation.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting its emergency closure, effective Aug. 31, 2018.
The Highway 209 bridge on the Swan River remains under construction and a temporary bridge currently exists. Water users are urged to remain cautious near the site.
During construction in early summer, unique abutments combined with high-water levels to create hazardous conditions for recreational users. The Swan River was closed in late June from the Swan River Fishing Access Site off South Ferndale Road to the Highway 209 Bridge in Ferndale.
Water levels have dropped and slowed considerably and several of the construction-related hazards have been mitigated.
FWP adopted the closure in collaboration with the Montana Department of Transportation, Sletten Construction and in consultation with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
FWP and its partners greatly appreciate the patience of the public during the closure and bridge construction.
(via MT FWP)