MISSOULA - The quickly rising waters around Western Montana are prompting additional fishing access site closures.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports that due to extremely high water, flood conditions and associated public safety concerns many fishing access sites have been closed under the direction of the Incident Command for the Missoula flood.
The closed sites along the Clark Fork River include Sha-Ron, Kelly Island (all access points), Kona, Deep Creek, and Harpers Bridge FASs, and Council Grove State Park.
FWP has also closed the gates or created temporary barriers at many other FASs around the region along the Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers. FASs with limited access remain open to walk-in use, but people are urged to avoid these areas and exercise extreme caution.
The list of sites with complete closures or limited (walk-in only) access includes:
Bitterroot (all have limited access)
Blackfoot (all have limited access)
Warmer temperatures and increased precipitation are driving heightened streamflow and causing portions of access sites and state parks to be under water.
FWP advises that recreationists watch out for dangers during spring high-water season that include: