Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public hearing on
June 16 at the FWP office in Missoula (3201 Spurgin Road) on a
proposal to modify existing boating regulations on several
stretches of river near Missoula.
FWP Region 2 Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says that the proposed
changes are designed to address public safety concerns, social
conflicts and a few outdated regulations pertaining to the Milltown
“We’re seeing an increase in river use in the Missoula area and a
need to address the concerns associated with fast-moving watercraft
operating in proximity to others,” Saffel says. “At the same time,
we’re focused on a solution that provides recreation opportunities
for all types of river users in the Missoula area.”
On the Clark Fork, the proposal affects the river from just
upstream of the old Milltown Dam site to the I-90 bridge east of
Ninemile Creek. On The Bitterroot, most proposed changes apply to
the section from Florence Bridge to the confluence with the Clark
Fork. And, on the Blackfoot, the affected section of river is that
which used to be a part of the Milltown Reservoir before the
removal of the dam.
The proposal calls for retaining some motorized opportunities on
these affected stretches of river while restricting use in areas
where the most concerns exist.
The public hearing for the proposal will be held on Thursday, June
16, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Missoula FWP office, 3201 Spurgin
Road. The first half hour of the meeting will be an informal
opportunity to visit with FWP staff and ask questions about the
proposal. Then, beginning at 6:30 p.m., FWP will present an
overview of the proposal, followed by a public hearing to collect
verbal comments at 7 p.m.
For details on the proposal, and to comment online, go to FWP’s
website, fwp.mt.gov, and follow the link on the home page to
“Proposed Region 2 Boating Regulations.” A copy of the proposal and
associated Environmental Assessment (EA) are also available at the
FWP Missoula office, by emailing email@example.com, or calling
Written comments can be sent by mail to: Sharon Rose, Attention:
Boating Regulation Changes, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804
or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. FWP will accept public comment through
June 27. The FWP Commission will review the public comments and
make a final decision on the proposal at their August meeting.