Fish, Wildlife, Parks assesses fishing access sites

2011-07-19T00:30:00Z 2011-07-22T21:15:12Z Fish, Wildlife, Parks assesses fishing access sites The Billings Gazette
July 19, 2011 12:30 am

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently completed an on-site assessment of each fishing access site and wildlife management area in Region 7.

The Yellowstone and Tongue rivers have flooded several locations and resource damage has occurred to some sites. Public camping at most sites will remain unavailable until road and camping sites begin to dry and repairs are made to the damaged infrastructure.

The following is the open/closed status of fishing access sites and wildlife management areas as of July 14. All these determinations are subject to change:

- Amelia Island: Closed, flooded access road and resource damage

- West Rosebud: Closed, resource damage, unstable banks and flooded conditions

- East Rosebud: Open, day use, no camping due to flooded condition and resource damage

- Far West: Open, day use & camping and the boat ramp is accessible but silted

- Twelve Mile: South half has been repaired and is open for day use, north half is closed due to resource damage.

- South Sandstone: Open

- Kinsey Bridge: Open

- Roche Jaune: Open, boat ramp is silted, may be damaged and currently under water

- Bonfield: Closed, public safety county access road damage, water pooled on site

- Johnson Reservoir: Open

- Elk Island: Open but access roads have some wet and damaged locations

- Seven Sisters: Closed, access road is impassable due to flooded conditions

- Diamond Willow: Closed, resource damage and flooded conditions

- Sidney Bridge: Open, river banks have eroded

- Gartside Reservoir: Open

- Intake: Open for day use and overnight camping

- Black Bridge: Closed, due to extensive resource damage and flooded conditions

- Fallon Bridge: Open, boat ramp is silted

- Powder River Depot: Closed, due to public safety & mud

- Broadus Bridge: Open

The public is advised that all fishing access sites with a boat ramp have potentially been subject to damage from high water, siltation, moving debris and may pose a safety risk.

Public use of any ramp is at your own risk. Boaters and fisherman should be alert to dangerous river conditions and unstable riverbanks.

Large debris may be floating in the river's fast current posing a hazard to boaters. 

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