Section of Swan River in Ferndale Reopens for recreation

Posted at 11:42 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 13:42:45-04

KALISPELL – State wildlife officials have announced the part of the Swan River that was in Ferndale is being reopened to recreation.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting its emergency closure, effective on Friday.

While the Highway 209 bridge remains under construction and a temporary bridge currently exists FWP is asking water to remain cautious near the site.

During construction in early summer, unique abutments combined with high-water levels to create hazardous conditions for recreational users.

The Swan River was closed in late June from the Swan River Fishing Access Site off South Ferndale Road to the Highway 209 Bridge in Ferndale.

Water levels have dropped and slowed considerably and several of the construction-related hazards have been mitigated.