Contact Us

Deadly Section of Bitterroot River Reopens to Floaters

Photo courtesy of NBC Montana/KECI

After a lawsuits, new warning signs and a lot of public discussion, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has decided to reopen a section of the Bitterroot River to floaters today, July 7.

“The section between Woodside and Tucker Fishing Access Sites is open again,” said Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Vivica Crowser. “It’s been closed to floating since mid-April, this is the stretch of river where the supply ditch diversion dam is and it is unsafe to float over that dam at any time. What we’ve really been working on over the last year is increasing the information out there to floaters on where to stop, pull their boats over and portage, or walk around the dam.”

In 2013 a 6-year-old girl drowned after her raft was flipped near the dam. Many more rafts have been flipped in the same area.

“Last week we put out additional signs upstream at access sites and then also along the river to warn boaters about where the dam is,” Crowser said. So there is a sign a mile up, a half mile, and a quarter mile above the dam and then one that points directly to the portage location.”

Crowser says FWP is working on a permanent solution. Right now, the river is so high, that a western channel has opened up allowing floaters to skip the dam altogether.

 

More From News Talk KGVO

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalkkgvo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News Talk KGVO Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on News Talk KGVO Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!