U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central Montana District
|Release Date: 03/21/14|
Flooding Affects BLM Facilities Along Upper Missouri River
Bureau of Land Management recreation areas and boat launches along the Upper Missouri River have been affected by recent flooding and ice flows which began the week of March 9-15, 2014, causing some closures and expected delayed openings.
The following is the status of the locations:
With significant snow accumulation yet to melt in the Upper Missouri River Drainage Basin more flooding may occur this spring creating potential hazards. Anyone planning activities on or near the Upper Missouri River should get all available information prior to departure.
The point of contact for more information about these locations is Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Manager Mark Schaefer at the BLM Fort Benton River Management Station (406) 622-4000 or (406) 622-4015.
Current flow information can be found on the U.S. Geological Survey website at: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/current?type=flow
"We understand everyone is eager to enjoy spring time recreation on their public lands, but until this flooding event subsides and we can inventory road and facility damage, we encourage everyone to be extremely cautious when traveling across or recreating on public lands," stated Stan Benes, the BLM’s Central Montana District Manager.
The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument covers about 375,000 acres of BLM-administered public land in central Montana. The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the Monument.
The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Office is located at 920 NE Main St., Lewistown, MT 59457. For more information, call (406) 538-1950.
Visitors can also experience the cultural and natural history of the monument at the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton, Montana.
The Center interprets the grandeur and wonder of Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The Interpretive Center keeps alive stories of woodhawkers, riverboat captains, bullwhackers, paddlefish, sturgeon, and bighorn sheep.
Hands-on exhibits, special educational programs and riverside walking trail, tell about the area’s cultural and natural history.
For more information, contact Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center, 701 7th St., P.O. Box 1389, Fort Benton, MT 59442, (406) 622-4000 or toll free (877) 256-3252.
Photos By: Mark Schaefer
(PHOTO 1) The James Kipp Recreation Area boat launch is covered by a 15-foot swath of ice with blocks as big as four feet. The boat launch is expected to open by May 1.
(PHOTO 2) A block of ice rests on a picnic table at the James Kipp Recreation Area March 19, 2014. Bureau of Land Management recreation areas and boat launches along the Upper Missouri River have been affected by recent flooding and ice flows which began the week of March 9-15, 2014, causing some closures and expected delayed openings.
(PHOTO 3) The vault toilets at the Bureau of Land Management James Kipp Recreation Area along the Upper Missouri River have been affected by recent flooding and ice flows which began the week of March 9-15, 2014, causing some closures and expected delayed openings.
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.
Central Montana District 920 N.E. Main Street Lewistown, MT 59457
|Last updated: 03-21-2014|
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