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Paddling is fine, motors not so much. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Revised River Rules In Effect

The new boating regulations for the rivers around Missoula have gone into effect, as of November 26.
The rules are aimed at motorized boats on the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. On the Bitterroot River, spring unrestricted motorized travel has been eliminated

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The Big Sky Mudflaps entertained at the first Bitterroot Riverfest in Hamilton. (KLYQ photo)
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Rollin’ with the Riverfest

Saturday, August 13, was the first Bitterroot Riverfest, sponsored by the Bitterroot Water Forum as a way to celebrate the water quality and quantity in the valley. From late morning to early afternoon, kids played in a variety of family-oriented activities

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Skalkaho Creek recently (KLYQ photo)
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Watchin’ the Water – June 22

Hot weather and a lot of snowpack equals continued high water in Western Montana. That includes the Bitterroot Valley. Streams and creeks have been running high for months and the Bitterroot River is again flirting with flood stage

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Water eroding the streambank. (KLYQ Photo)
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Watchin’ the Water – June 13

The Bitterroot River is running high and muddy, but not over flood stage. In fact, officials don't expect it to approach flood stage until the middle of next week - around June 22.
Monday, June 13, the Bitterroot River was at 6

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Water goes where it wants to go. (KLYQ Photo)
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Water Watchin’ – June 9

The entire Bitterroot River remains under a Flood Warning from the National Weather Service, though the river is generally below flood stage.
However, the streams and creeks in the valley have been causing frustration and closures - the major closure being Highway 38 - The Skalkaho Highway and Skalkaho Pass southeast of Hamilton

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The Bitterroot River (KLYQ Photo)
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Watchin’ the Water – June 8

The Bitterroot River reached flood stage Wednesday, then dropped back below the official flood level.
Officials credit the cool weather for the slight drop and don't anticipate the Bitterroot River to get above flood stage again until late next week

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The Bitterroot River is high and muddy (KLYQ Photo)
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Flood Warning – Again

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Bitterroot River near Darby and a Flood Watch for the rest of the valley this week.
The river level is expected to crest about a half foot above flood stage by Thursday

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KLYQ Photo
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Watchin’ the Water – June 6

The river is rising.
The hot weekend in Western Montana - with temperatures in the 80s Sunday - will be felt with higher water levels this week.
So far, as of Monday morning, the river has risen to 6

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(2011 KLYQ)
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“Gone Fishin’” for New Rules

Simpler rules and the possibility of catching more fish on the Bitterroot River -- sounds good?
New fishing regulations are being planned for the Bitterroot River. The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks will be discussing them with fishing folk in Hamilton Wednesday June 8

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Bitterroot River at Corvallis Bridge (KLYQ Photo)
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Watchin’ the Water – June 3

Here are recent developments in the flooding situation in the valley and the region.

  • The Bitterroot River was about two feet below flood stage as of 3pm Friday, June 3. The Darby river gauge was 5.49,
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