FWP restricts overnight camping and group sites

FWP Missoula
Posted at 8:43 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 11:06:46-04

MISSOULA — While fishing access sites, state parks, and wildlife management areas remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, state officials have decided to close a handful of other sites.

Overnight camping has officially been cut off for the time being. Campgrounds will be systematically closed to give current campers 72-hour notice.

Group sites including playgrounds and fishing piers are also closed, along with visitor centers.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks expects restricted access to these sites until at least April 10, and enforcement staff will be regularly patrolling the closed areas.

After evaluating all of the places where people tend to congregate, FWP knew implementing some restrictions would be the safest option, but if you’re really itching to get out of the house, or even out on the water, fishing access sites are still open.

“While you're waiting for your turn to launch a boat, for example, make sure you're giving everybody their space, but then once you get out there on the water, it's a great opportunity to be outside and separated from others at the same time,” FWP spokeswoman Vivaca Crowser said.

Click here to review closures and sites that are still open.