The Bitterroot River has crept onto the parking area of the Woodside Fishing Access Site this week, causing the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks to close the site.

The barricade (see photo) went up on Monday. FWP will be monitoring the other fishing access sites to see if they need to be closed as the waters increase in this early part of high water season.

Wednesday morning, the Darby river gauge showed a level of 5.99 feet, with the flood stage at 7.5 feet.

Meanwhile, the gauge at Bell Crossing had water up to 8.50 feet Wednesday, with flood stage at 11 feet.

Should they be needed, sandbags will be stored and provided by the various Emergency Volunteer Fire Department in Ravalli County.

Officials say the combination of cool and warm alternating temperatures, along with limited rainfall, has helped moderate high water levels so far. This season, the Bitterroot Mountains received over 150 percent of average snowfall.