The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued a reminder that while the Milltown Dam is gone, small sections
July 30. 2009- The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued a reminder that while the Milltown Dam is gone, small sections
of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers in the area where the dam once stood remain closed to fishing, floating and other recreation.
The public safety closure was put in place to protect recreationists from the hazards of heavy equipment and unstable river conditions as construction work continues in the Blackfoot and Clark Fork confluence area.
The Clark Fork River is closed from about one-half mile below the old Milltown Dam site (at the railroad bridge) to three miles upstream from the bridge. Turah Fishing Access Site (FAS) is the last public take-out for floaters upstream from the closure area, and Sha-Ron is the first FAS below the closed zone.
On the Blackfoot, the closure covers a stretch of about 1.5 miles upstream from the river’s confluence with the Clark Fork. Floaters must take out at Weigh Station FAS. The closed area applies to walk-in and float access and the closure area is signed.
In the past few weeks Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) game wardens have cited a number of groups and individuals that have attempted to float through or walk into the closed area.
FWP says the public safety closures will remain in until the river restoration work is complete, probably in 2011, to allow conditions to stabilize and the restored vegetation to establish without the pressure of heavy use. For additional information, contact the Missoula FWP office at (406) 542-5500.