Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in cooperation with local authorities recently closed Intake Fishing Access Site (FAS) to public use due to high water conditions. The Yellowstone River has flooded some of the access site and potentially put the public at risk.
Several fishing access sites including Intake FAS will remain closed until further notice. Public camping at several sites will remain unavailable until road and camping sites begin to dry.
High water also closed east and west Rosebud FAS, 12 Miles FAS , Black Bridge FAS are closed and potentially others may be subject to closure this week as rains continued throughout the past weekend and subsequent runoff will raise the water level in the prairie drainages, Tongue, Powder and Yellowstone Rivers.
The public is advised to stay off the river until water levels recede. Large amount of debris can be seen floating in the river’s fast current posing a dangerous hazard to boaters.
“Swift currents, cold water and hidden snags will make boating dangerous in the next few weeks and greatly increase the risk of drowning,” said Liz Lodman, FWP Boating Coordinator. “A boater’s best bet, if there is any question about conditions, is to play it safe by waiting until after the spring runoff.”