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Access restored to nearly all Yellowstone River fishing sites damaged by flood waters

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 18:46:17-04

BILLINGS – As waters recede along the Yellowstone, most fishing access sites have reopened, but state wildlife officials say major damage at popular public spots along the river need repair.

Only two fishing access points remained closed as of Thursday: Indian Fort at Reed Point and Grant Marsh north of Hardin along the Bighorn River, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bob Gibson told Q2 News the damage to those two areas is beyond the scope of what Fish, Wildlife and Parks can take on by itself.

However, these two spots are still open to the public, but by walk-in access only.During this spring’s flood, river water flooded parking lots, damaging camping facilities and making roads into the access sites impassible, Gibson said.

Multiple feet of silt covered boat ramps in areas where the river slowed and banks were completely reshaped by the force of the fast-flowing river.

Gibson said the damage was especially pronounced at the Bundy Bridge access point, where high waters washed out a small bridge on the road into the site. 

He said that the repairs were extensive and involved bringing in truck loads of gravel and some large stones to fortify the banks surrounding the bridge with the goal to better prepare the area to withstand future flood conditions.