Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Boaters and other visitors will have a new resource soon this year as they venture onto the lower Yellowstone River.
The Lower Yellowstone River Guide will be available free of charge at FWP offices and local sporting goods stores in communities along this scenic, remote body of water. The guide can also be downloaded from: https://fwp.mt.gov/activities/boating/lower-yellowstone-river.
The guide is designed to help visitors to the Lower Yellowstone River plan a trip, know where to access services, and how to stay safe. It includes more than 30 river kilometer maps for boat trips, scenic photos, sightseeing and things to do tips, historical and cultural information about the area, and safety information.
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“Lower Yellowstone and its communities in eastern Montana offer a treasure trove of recreational, historical and educational opportunities,” said Hope Stockwell, Administrator of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at FWP. “It’s beautiful, sweeping scenery, but the power of the river must be respected, and this river guide will help visitors enjoy their time here and stay safe.”
The guide also reminds recreation seekers of the importance of responsible recreation for stewardship of natural resources and respect for other users, communities and landowners.
This stretch of river is quite remote and access options are still limited. Visitors can expect an off-the-beaten-track experience and should be prepared to practice trail-free recreation, whether it’s boating, camping, or just touring the area.
FWP prepared the manual based on the recommendations of the governor-appointed Lower Yellowstone River Advisory Committee. The group of 12 was formed to shape future opportunities for improved access, habitat conservation and sustainable economic development along the river corridor. For more information about the group and their recommendations, visit the group’s website.
The cost of the internal release was about $3,500 for 1,000 copies plus staff time, according to an FWP spokesman.
River conditions can be unpredictable. Swimmers and other recreational seekers should check currents and conditions before heading to the river.
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