Water, Water Everywhere…
The high water in the Bitterroot Valley has caused some closures of Fishing Access Sites and Forest Service campgrounds for the Memorial Day Weekend. And in other places, too much snow is the problem. Welcome to Montana!
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks closed many Fishing Access Sites (FAS) in the Bitterroot Valley. And others may be closed, depending on daily conditions.
On the Bitterroot River, these sites are Closed (from south to north):
Hannon Memorial, WW White, Darby Bridge, Wally Crawford, Woodside Bridge (pictured), Tucker Crossing, Bell Crossing, Poker Joe, and Florence Bridge FAS. Look for barricades and signs which will indicate the closures.
On the Clark Fork around Missoula, these sites are closed: Turah, Schwartz Creek, Kona and Kelly Island. Officials advise people to stay off the rivers until water levels recede, because of swift currents, cold water and hidden snags.
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman and Ravalli County Emergency Management Director Ron Nicholas are also advising residents to stay away from the water. Hoffman said, "There is an incredible amount of debris in the river and some of it is just under the surface." He and Nicholas also asked people to consider the danger they expose local emergency responders to if they request help to get out of trouble in the river.
Meanwhile, The Bitterroot National Forest has closed Spring Gulch Campground and Indian Trees Campground on the Sula Ranger District, along with a campsite at Rombo Campground on the West Fork District.
On the other extreme, heavy snow is keeping vehicles off of Nez Perce Pass and out of the western end of Lost Horse Road. Information officer Todd McKay advised campers to check with Ranger Districts before heading out.