Category Archives: Recreation

Public cautioned to stay out of Missouri River riverbed in area of Rainbow Dam during reservoir water drawdown

On Sept. 6, NorthWestern Energy will begin drawing water down in Rainbow Reservoir upstream from Rainbow Dam about 3.5 feet. The drawdown will allow Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to conduct maintenance on effluent pipes at Giant Springs State Fish Hatchery on Sept. 7. Rainbow Reservoir will begin to be refilled beginning the evening of Sept. 7 and will be

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Great Falls area state parks seeking volunteers

Great Falls area state parks are seeking volunteers for three upcoming maintenance projects in September. On Sept. 11, Giant Springs State Park will host a community trail volunteer work day for the 9/11 Commemoration Day of Service. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Ryan Trailhead along the north shore and will include trimming overgrown vegetation along the trails

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Some hoot-owl fishing restrictions lifted on Missouri River

Hoot-owl fishing restrictions on the Missouri River between Holter Dam and the Cascade city boat ramp been lifted, effective Aug. 17. Under the hoot owl restrictions, fishing was not allowed from 2 p.m. to midnight each day but improving environmental conditions have allowed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to lift the restrictions. Hoot-owl fishing restrictions implemented for Missouri river “FWP

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Lower Holter Lake reopening to recreation Aug. 6

Lower Holter Lake will re-open to recreational boating and other uses effective at 8 p.m. Aug. 6. The closure order was issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Aug. 4. Portion of Holter Lake closed for firefighting operations; community meeting planned for Aug. 6 in Cascade The firefighting planes scooping water from the lake are being reassigned from the

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City considering changes to RV, trailer parking on residential streets

Due to a number of complaints, city staff has again reviewed the city code regarding recreational vehicles, trailers and the like being parked on city streets for extended periods of time. Jeff Hindoien, deputy city attorney, said that the issue has been reviewed a number of times over the years. City staff has discussed the same issue in at least

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FWP discourages floating on Smith River due to fire and low flows

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is discouraging any floating on the Smith River due to safety concerns and low flows. The Meagher County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice for the Smith River corridor from Camp Baker to the confluence with Blacktail Creek due to the Ellis Fire, which is part of the Divide Complex fires that include the

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Business Bites: NWGF looking to purchase, renovate Baatz Building; Big River Ruckus in September; Allegra Printing moving; fireworks complaints at neighborhood councils; Downtown Block Party is Thursday; Snap Fitness expanding; Wellness 406 rebranding

NeighborWorks Great Falls is applying to the Montana Board of Housing for low income housing tax credits for their plan to purchase and renovated the Baatz Building at 400 2nd Ave. S. into permanent supportive housing. The building has been vacant for several years and is in need of significant renovation as it was not well maintained as an apartment

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