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Monday
May192014

High water forcing some fishing access to close 

The Bitterroot is among the rivers starting to flood with the warmer weather(MISSOULA)- High water getting into roads and parking areas is forcing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close, or restrict access to several popular fishing access areas on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot rivers. 

Although the rivers are still below their actual flood stages, some water has started to get over the banks and into the boat launches and parking areas. And more flooding is possible later this week as temperatures warm back up. 

FWP announced this afternoon access areas on the Bitterroot with restrictions and closures include Darby Bridge, Woodside Bridge, Bell Crossing, lower portions of the Florence Bridge and the campground portion of Hannon Memorial. 

Because of the safety closure at Woodside, Angler's Roost is the last takeout spot on the upper Bitterroot. Demmons FAS is available for carry-in boats. Blodgett Park, Veteran's Bridge and other sites not managed by FWP may also be closed because of the high water. 

On the Blackfoot, FWP has imposed a partial closure at the Harry Morgan fishing access site. The boat ramp and campground are closed but people can use the upper parking area and still walk down the river. 

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