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High flows restrict access to Montana rivers

Outdoors editor Rich Landers climbed up to the tope of one of the Smith River's iconic limestone cliffs to make this photo of the Smith River near Cow Coulee Campground as hit heads north toward its confluence with the Missouri River. (Rich Landers)
Outdoors editor Rich Landers climbed up to the tope of one of the Smith River's iconic limestone cliffs to make this photo of the Smith River near Cow Coulee Campground as hit heads north toward its confluence with the Missouri River. (Rich Landers)

RIVERS — High river flows have forced closures to any kind of rafting or boating on portions of two Montana rivers — The Smith and Belt Creek — plus access restrictions for the Missouri River.

Read on for details.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission on Sunday ordered the closure of sections of the Smith River and Belt Creek to all forms of watercraft until further notice due to dangerous conditions caused by high water.

Officials with FWP recommended the closure to the commission because the streams contain logs and other debris from runoff.

Belt Creek is closed in the Sluice Boxes State Park. The Smith River is closed to floating between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge.

Missouri River access restricted

High flows in the Missouri River and the Lower Smith River south of Great Falls have prompted closure of four Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites.

The sites on the Missouri River that are closed are: 

  • Mid Canon Fishing Access Site, 6 miles north of Craig
  • Dunes Fishing Access Site, 3 miles south of Ulm
  • Big Bend Fishing Access Site. 12 miles south of Great Falls

Truly Bridge Fishing Access Site on the Lower Smith River, 12 miles southeast of Ulm is closed.

“At each site, the river has flooded access roads and parking areas creating unsafe conditions for visitors,” said Matt Marcinek, Regional Parks Manager in Great Falls. “We’ve temporarily closed the sites until waters recede.”

Marcinek noted that FWP will reopen the sites when they dry out and can be used safely. All other fishing access sites along the Missouri River are open. FWP, however, may close others fishing access sites if conditions threaten public safety.

Fishing access site visitors are advised to use caution and common sense this time of year because of seasonal high water from spring runoff. Users should never enter closed sites or attempt to cross flooded areas.

Conctact: FWP’s Great Falls office at (406) 454-5840. 




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