Flooding Forces Many Western Montana Fishing Access Site Closures
By angelamontana

Posted: May 27, 2014

Flood conditions forced additional closures and restrictions at Fishing Access Sites (FASs) along the Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers and in the Blackfoot Valley this week.

Bitterroot River access sites impacted from south to north include the campground portion of Hannon Memorial (day use and boat ramp remains open), Darby Bridge, Woodside Bridge, Bell Crossing, Poker Joe, Florence Bridge and a portion of the Chief Looking Glass campground.

Clark Fork FASs that are closed include Kelly Island (Mullan Road access only) and Kona Bridge.

In the Blackfoot Valley, officials placed a partial closure on Monture FAS on Monture Creek.  The lower camping area and latrine are closed but the upper campsite is open. And on the North Fork of the Blackfoot, the boat ramp and campground remain closed at Harry Morgan FAS, but visitors can park at the upper lot and access the river by foot.

Impacted sites are closed as signed. Additional FAS closures and restrictions around western Montana are possible as spring runoff continues, and FWP urges caution if venturing on or near rivers during high water. For updates, visit fwp.mt.gov and choose “restrictions and closures.”

(Report by Montana FWP)