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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 06/04/09
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Reminds Boaters of Seasonal Restrictions

The BLM’s Lewistown Field Office would like to remind recreationists that the seasonal motorized watercraft travel restrictions on the wild and scenic segments of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River will begin on Monday, June 15 this year.

The wild and scenic segments include those areas between Pilot Rock (river mile 52) and Deadman’s Rapids (river mile 84.5) and from Holmes Council Island (river mile 92.5) to the Fred Robinson Bridge (at river mile 149).

Between river mile 52 and river lime 84.5 no upstream motorized travel is allowed and downstream motorized travel is allowed only at a no-wake speed. Between river mile 92.5 and 149, no motorize travel (upstream or downstream) is allowed Sunday through Wednesday and downstream motorized travel is allowed only at a no-wake speed Thursday through Saturday.

The revised seasonal restriction between river mile 92.5 and 149 is a result of public comment taken during the recent planning effort for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. 

These seasonal restrictions will remain in place through Tuesday, September 15, 2009. 
The only exception to these seasonal restrictions may be occasional administrative, emergency or law enforcement needs. “Our administrative duties require that we occasionally use motorized watercraft to complete compliance checks, weed control efforts and recreation site maintenance. On occasion, emergency services (search and rescue and medical evacuations) and law enforcement needs also require that we use motorized watercraft. We appreciate the public’s understanding when these needs and duties interrupt an otherwise quiet river setting,” according to BLM’s Lewistown District Manager, Stan Benes.
The recreational segments of the Upper Missouri remain open to motorized watercraft use. These segments include the first 52 river miles from Fort Benton downstream to Pilot Rock and an eight-mile segment from Deadman’s Rapids to Holmes Council Island.
“Seasonal restrictions have been a part of managing and recreating of the Upper Missouri since the first management plan was written for the Wild and Scenic Missouri (30 some years ago) and balance the interests of motorized and non-motorized recreationists. These seasonal restrictions are authorized under 43 CFR 8351.2-1; Special Rules,” offered Jon Edwards, a BLM law enforcement ranger stationed in Lewistown. 
“We would also like to remind overnight boaters/floaters they are required to have and use a portable toilet on their trip. We implemented this decision in 2004, based upon concern about human waste disposal along the Upper Missouri. Area landowners, boaters/floaters, county commissioners and the Central Montana Resource Advisory Council all supported implementing this requirement,” Edwards added.
If you have questions about these seasonal restrictions or to report a violation, please contact BLM ranger Jon Edwards at (406) 538-1939.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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