FWP Posts Warning of Big Hole River Floating Hazard

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks posted a video and information detailing the dangers posed by a fallen tree near a blind corner on a section of the Big Hole River.

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A screenshot from a video posted on the Montana FWP Facebook page shows a fallen tree spanning the width of the Big Hole River between Glen FAS and Notch.

From the MT FWP Facebook post:

Heads up Big Hole floaters!The River Recreation team floated the stretch from Glen to Notch on Friday (hence the pretty new cover photo) to confirm that a tree had fallen and blocked an entire channel (this is approximately 6 miles downstream of Glen FAS). The river left channel (approximately half to 2/3rds of the river volume) known locally as “skull and crossbones” is completely blocked on a blind corner. Pulling a boat back upstream is quite difficult and might prove impossible with increased flows. Portage is possible but stopping in time on the proper side (river left) would be very difficult. Higher flows might remove the hazard. But for now the river has been posted.

Posted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (Region 3) on Monday, April 13, 2015