Montana: flooding makes fishing impossible, camp sites unusable in some areas

Fishing access sites along several south central Montana rivers
and streams, as well as boat ramps and some camp spots at Cooney
State Park, are unusable because of high water.

All of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites
along the Bighorn River between Yellowtail Dam and the Yellowstone
River are either flooded or have water flowing over access roads,
regional parks manager Doug Habermann said Monday. Travel to the
area is limited because of flooding along primary roads at Hardin
and St. Xavier. High water in the river, particularly below Soap
Creek, makes boat launching at fishing access sites and river use
difficult.

From the Two Leggins bridge to the river’s confluence with the
Yellowstone River, fishing access sites and boat launches are
unusable because of high water.

Along the Stillwater River south of Columbus, fishing access sites
remain usable, but the access road to the Swinging Bridge site is
heavily eroded because of weekend high water.

Along the Yellowstone River, conditions are changing daily and
sportsmen need to watch closely for flooding along access roads and
in the fishing access sites, Habermann said.

At Cooney State Park, the Marshall Cove and Fisherman’s Point
campgrounds are unusable because of high water in the reservoir.
About half of the camp spots at Cottonwood are under water and
water is over several spots near the boat launch at Red Lodge Arm.
The North Shore day-use area also is flooded.

The boat ramp and day-use area at North Shore still are usable,
Habermann said. All other boat launches on Cooney Reservoir are
unusable due to high water.

High water is likely to persist at Cooney State Park through the
upcoming holiday weekend, he said. FWP’s booking service will
contact campers with weekend camping reservations in flooded sites
and explain other options.

“Keep in mind that conditions on these rivers and streams vary
daily – even hourly,” Habermann said. “Sportsmen need to be smart
and aware any time they are around high water in fishing access
sites and campgrounds.”

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