Visiting a Montana Fishing Access Site on the July 4 holiday is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home, please.

Fire season in Montana is already underway in many parts of the state. This means it’s all our responsibility to be careful with fire and any potential sources of ignition. It’s been long-standing policy with FWP to keep fireworks off our sites to ensure the safety of our public and to protect our recreation and habitat resources.

Fireworks are illegal on all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks sites, including Fishing Access Sites, Wildlife Management Areas and other sites.

Anyone using fireworks on FWP lands may be charged with a misdemeanor that can result in a fine up to $500.

In addition, many waterways in Montana are still experiencing unusually high levels due to recent moisture and continuing spring runoff. Please make sure conditions are safe before making recreation plans, and use extreme caution when on or near these waters. Always wear lifejackets while using watercrafts. 

To find out if there are any waterbody or fire restrictions in place at FWP sites, visit fwp.mt.gov and use the search field.

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