Don’t miss your chance: Madison River alternatives survey closes January 6
By angelamontana

Posted: January 5, 2020

The deadline to review and provide feedback on various alternatives for handling crowding and conflict on the Madison River is Jan. 6. Those interested can provide feedback through a public survey that asks for opinions on various alternatives to addressing four main issues: commercial fishing outfitter management, social conflict management on the upper river, lower river recreational management, and angler use management on the upper river.

The survey can be found at this link:

The scoping process began in November at the direction of the Fish and Wildlife Commission after they heard petitions from various interest groups proposing solutions to recreation management on the Madison River. The commission denied all three petitions but directed department staff to insert the options proposed within the petitions into a scoping process.

Once the scoping process is complete, the department will consider the survey results and draft a proposed rule, which is slated to go before the commission in February. The commission will then choose whether or not to put the proposed rule out for public comment.

In addition to taking the survey, people can submit written comments to


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