Gardiner flooding

Park County shuts down Yellowstone River recreation

Yellowstone River recreation has been shut down by Park County due to public safety risks caused by extremely high water levels, endangered and failing infrastructure, flooded and impassible access roads, and limited availability of search and rescue resources.

The decision to temporarily pause Yellowstone River recreation was made by county officials in consultation with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

All fishing access sites on the Yellowstone River in Park County are also closed from the Yellowstone National Park boundary to Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site.

Most fishing access sites below Springdale Bridge downstream to Captain Clark Fishing Access Site near the Bighorn River confluence are closed to motorized vehicle access. 

Closures are also in effect for several other sites managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks:

  • All Jefferson River fishing access sites from Cardwell Bridge down to Missouri Headwaters State Park
  • Portions of Missouri Headwaters State Park
  • All Gallatin River fishing access sites
  • All East Gallatin River fishing access sites

Many of the fishing access sites on these waters are closed to motorized access:

  • Boulder River
  • Rock Creek (tributary to the Yellowstone River)
  • Stillwater River
  • Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River

Photo of high water levels in Gardner River alongside the North Entrance Road courtesy National Park Service.

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