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Popular Bitterroot fishing access re-opens Wednesday

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STEVENSVILLE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the popular Bitterroot River access north of Stevensville is re-opened. But people accessing the river need to make sure they’re following the rules.

The access north of Stevensville has been popular with fishermen and people recreating on the river for years. But the previous landowner closed off the entire area last summer after dealing with too many complaints of illegal parking and partying.

However, that changed when Las Vegas businesswoman Myla Yahraus purchased the ranch, which also includes the Fort Owen historical site, last fall. Yahraus was in favor of allowing access, as long people can follow the rules.

The concrete barriers were moved a few weeks ago. And now, FWP says the Private Lands Fishing Access agreement allows people to access the river, and launch boats, as long as they stay within the prescribed boundaries and use marked parking areas. FWP will provide site maintenance and enforce the rules.

The state says it will work on long range plans for the site which will include additional improvements.

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