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FWP encourages social distancing at state parks

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 08:18:01-04

BILLINGS — Many Montana state parks remain open but with some limitations under Gov. Steve Bullock's stay at home directive that includes a provision allowing outdoor recreation.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials are looking to get the word out about what is open for state parks.

Places where people normally would congregate like playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as other group sites, are closed. Additionally, fishing piers are also off-limits except to persons with disabilities.

Fishing accesses sites and other parks can be used but there is no overnight camping allowed. FWP wants to make sure this information is out since this is the time of year when parks start to get more visitors.

"We've had quite a bit of traffic at our fishing access sites, so we are kind of watching that," said FWP spokesman Bob Gibson. "People have been good so far, but we're getting heavier use than normal.

“We have had some people that have decided that they'll ignore our closures on fishing piers and things like that and then those people need to be reminded that those are closed,” he added. “The places where you normally would camp to park are not closed. We're just not allowing overnight camping there."

Additinonal FWP closure information can be found here.

It should be noted that Bannack State Park, a ghost town near Dillon has temporarily closed because of the difficulty of adhering to social distancing guidelines.