Planners look at future of Stevensville River Park

Posted at 11:54 AM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 13:54:56-04

STEVENSVILLE – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Stevensville Park Board are seeking input on the future design for the popular Stevensville Bridge River access.

The park, which is a mix of public and private land, was re-opened this winter after a dispute with the former landowner.

In the past, the river has provided important access for fishermen, and people just wanting to access the river for swimming and playing in the water on hot days. But it’s also been a problem for the city at times, with illegal drinking, parties and trash. 

Planners now want people to suggest how the site should be designed and managed in the future. That could involve control measures on the site and features such as latrines, more parking and even possible campsites. There’s even been talk of moving some of the access to the opposite side of the river.  

A public meeting will be held at Stevensville High School on May 2nd beginning at 7 p.m. FWP will then release a draft plan for further public comment. 

For more information or to provide additional input outside the meeting, email or call FWP Region 2 FAS Manager, Rory Zarling: or (406) 542-5561 or the Stevensville Town Clerk at (406) 777-5271, Ext. 2 by Monday, May 7, 2018.