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Dillon Field Office
Release Date: 07/28/10
Contacts: Contact Tim Finger 406-682-4082    

BLM Urges Madison River Users to Use Legal Parking

Because of safety hazards, drivers who park in the “no parking” zone on Highway 84 along the Lower Madison River may be cited and their vehicles towed. 

The recreation facilities along the Lower Madison River, especially those between Warm Springs Boat Launch and Black’s Ford Fishing Access Site, have been seriously overcrowded during hot weather. Cars parked along both sides of the highway and the heavy pedestrian traffic create serious safety hazards.

As an alternative, drivers are urged to use the “California Corner” about half a mile downriver from the Warm Springs site. It has several large parking lots at the end of a short access road. Look for the turnout from the highway just past the old bridge piling in the middle of the river. This site is reserved for those using hand-launched water craft such as inner tubes and rafts.

There are also several small parking lots just upstream from the popular Black’s Ford Fishing Access Site. These sites can alleviate much of the traffic congestion in the Black’s Ford parking lot and access road. 

For further information or directions, please call the Bureau of Land Management recreation staff at (406) 682-4082.  Come and have fun, but be safe too.

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