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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 09/13/10
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Lifts Seasonal Motorized Restrictions on Upper Missouri River

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM) 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 run through Wednesday, September 15 this year.\

On September 16, recreationists can again use motorized watercraft on any segment of the river.

However, personal watercraft and floatplanes are allowed only on the river miles 0 – 3 downstream from Fort Benton, yearlong.

“The seasonal restrictions work well and have been a part of managing and recreating on the Upper Missouri since the first management plan was written for the Wild and Scenic Missouri River (30 some years ago). These regulations balance the interests of motorized and non-motorized recreationists,” 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 river trip. We implemented this decision in 2004, based upon concern about human waste disposal along the Upper Missouri,” Edwards added.

Monument Manager Gary Slagel would also like to remind campers to drown their campfires completely out. “It’s surprising how often our river rangers find abandoned campsites with fires still burning. Regardless of where we’re camping, we all have to be extremely careful with campfires,” Slagel said.      
If you have questions about these regulations 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 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