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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 08/10/10
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Repairing Judith Landing Boat Launch

Beginning Monday, August 16, 2010, the boat launch at Judith Landing (north of Winifred, Montana, where the PN Bridge crosses the Missouri River) will be temporarily closed to public use. 

The temporary closure is necessary while the Bureau of Land Management repairs the damaged boat launch.   
For several years the launch has been in poor condition with a large drop off at its end which creates a safety hazard for users and the potential to damage boats and trailers while launching or taking out.
A contractor will be moving to the site soon and will begin repairing the launch with pre-cast concrete sections. The launch will be closed a maximum of eight weeks as the damaged launch is removed, the new concrete launch sections are placed and the concrete is allowed to cure. However, if work progresses faster than that, the improved launch will be reopened at the earliest possible date. 
During this temporary closure, canoes can still launch or take out on the north side of the river immediately downstream from the PN Bridge at the old launch/worksite. However, motorized watercraft that requires the use of a trailer will not be able to launch or take out at Judith Landing.
“We understand this temporary closure will inconvenience some motorized watercraft users, however it’s essential that the launch be repaired and between high water flows this spring and early summer and the approach of hunting season and cold weather, this timeframe is our best window of opportunity,” offered Darren Knuteson, the BLM’s supervisory civil engineer in Lewistown.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012