Not Much Change in Bitterroot River Level
The Bitterroot River is still running fast and full, but has not added significantly to the level of flooding as of Friday May 30.
The mid-morning reports from the gauges at Darby and Bell Crossing were slightly lower.
The Darby river level was 6.99 feet at 10:15 a.m. and is expected to range a little higher and a little lower than that throughout the next few days.
The USGS gauge at Bell Crossing was at 9.52 at about 10 a.m. Flood stage is 11 feet.
The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks still recommends not floating on the river because of the muddy, fast-moving water and major amounts of debris that can cause logjams. Added to that, the changing channels of the Bitterroot River during high water make travel downstream uncertain.
Most state fishing access sites are closed.