Flathead National Forest

Shields Loop road Closed from July 8th through 21st
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: July 5, 2024

Livingston, MT June 3, 2024 – The Custer Gallatin National Forest has issued a Special Closure Order 01-11-04-24-01 for Shields Loop Road (FS Road #844) effective July 8th through 21st for the Shields Rotenone Project.

“The population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the upper Shields River watershed is among the highest priorities for protection,” said Clint Sestrich, Fisheries Biologist for the Absaroka Beartooth Zone of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. “Implementing the project would result in short-term disturbance to recreation associated with the presence of fieldworkers during fish salvage efforts and public closure during rotenone treatment.”

Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations recover rapidly when returned to reclaimed streams. Removal of brook trout would protect recreational fishing for native cutthroat trout which is an increasing rare angling opportunity. The Forest Service will be conducting road maintenance on the Shields loop road over the next few years.

Additionally, Park County is resurfacing the Shields River Road from Wilsall to the Smith Creek intersection. Forest users will see 15-30 minute traffic delays from July 8-October 25 on the Shields River Road.

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