Public Comment Period Extended for Whitefish River Changes

Commission proposes seasonal closure along urban stretch of river

By Beacon Staff

Fish and wildlife managers are extending the public comment period for a proposed change that would restrict motorized access along a section of Whitefish River during the summer and early fall months.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Friday the comment period is open until Aug. 8. The state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing restricting the urban section of Whitefish River to manually and electric powered watercraft from the railroad trestle south of Whitefish Lake outlet to the bridge on JP Road from July 5 through Sept.30. The commission will consider the original proposed amendments and the new alternative amendments at their Oct. 16 meeting.

An original proposal supported by the City of Whitefish recommended shutting down motorized access year-round, but the commission rejected that option and instead offered a seasonal closure that would allow motorboats to use the river before and after the busy summer months, when kayaks and stand-up paddleboards frequent the river.

Residents may submit their comments concerning the proposed actions in writing to Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region One Office, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, Montana, 59901; FAX (406) 444-4756; or via email at: cjust@mt.gov

Comment can also be submitted online at fwp.mt.gov under Public Notices.

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