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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011, 1:57 P.M.

Flooding closes access to Montana rivers

FISHING -- Flooding on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers has forced Montana officials to close many fishing access sites this week.

Bitterroot River sites closed today include, from south to north: Hannon Memorial, WW White, Darby Bridge, Wally Crawford, Woodside Bridge, Tucker Crossing, Bell Crossing, Poker Joe and Florence Bridge.

Clark Fork sites closed near Missoula include Turah, Schwartz Creek, Kona and Kelly Island (Mullan Road access only).

Blackfoot River closed sites include Monture. 

Closures will continue until flood conditions subside.  Additional fishing access site closures are possible as conditions change.

The closures basically are a moot issue for anglers, since the rivers are blown out.  Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is advising boaters to stay off the rivers until flows subside and the abundance of dangerous logs and debris filter out.

Rock Creek is not closed but FWP officials say it's flowing dangerously high and carrying a lot of debris. A log jam has been reported at river mile 27 (upstream from the microburst site). Another log jam is reported near river mile 30 near the Hog Back

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