By angelamontana

Posted: May 3, 2021

SPRINGDALE – Fisheries staff with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have reopened the Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site.

The site, just north of Springdale along the Yellowstone River, had been closed since March 28 when a wildland fire damaged many trees there, creating unsafe conditions for visitors. A logging crew removed the unstable trees, which have been placed in a slash pile at the site. FWP staff plan to burn the slash pile at the end of 2022.

FWP staff made efforts to retain as much wildlife habitat at the site as possible, while accounting for visitor safety. They determined that once the hazardous trees were removed, the site could be reopened for public use.

However, visitors are asked to stay clear of the slash pile and avoid walking in the burned area, due to stump holes. For public safety, no firewood cutting or scavenging from the slash pile is permitted. FWP staff will continue to prioritize public safety as conditions change.

Fire is a natural process that can eliminate fuel build-up and promote healthy regeneration over time. FWP staff will facilitate this process to restore wildlife habitat and the natural beauty of this area.