Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Area Office is issuing a temporary closure of Reclamation lands located on and adjacent to Joe’s Island on the south side of the Yellowstone River, 20 miles north of Glendive. The closure will affect approximately 1,335 acres of land consisting of Joe’s Island and an additional 118 acres just north of Road 303 in Dawson County.

This closure will be in affect from July 8, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2021, to accommodate the construction of the Lower Yellowstone Fish Passage Project.

The Yellowstone Fish Passage Project includes the construction of a new diversion structure in the Yellowstone River and a 11,150 feet long bypass channel that will allow for the passage of endangered pallid sturgeon and other native species. Construction is expected to last approximately 900 days.

“This temporary closure is necessary to ensure public safety and the safe and efficient operation of the construction project,” said Steve Davies, area manager of the Montana area office.

During construction of the fish passage project, access to Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Park’s Intake Fishing Access Site (Intake FAS) and campground on the north side of the Yellowstone River will not be impacted by this closure. County Road 303 on the south side of the Yellowstone River will also not be impacted by this closure.

For further questions please contact Jack Conner with the Bureau of Reclamation at (406) 247-7300 or visit Reclamation’s website at usbr.gov/gp/mtao.

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