Category Archives: Recreation

County selects prefered land use plan for former smelter site

County Commissioners voted unanimously to select their prefered land use option for the former smelter site. The county will submit that plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ARCO, which owns the site, for their consideration during their cleanup and remediation efforts on the site. One of the goals in developing plans for future development and land use is

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Plans for former smelter site considered at Nov. 16 County Commission meeting

The County Commission is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 for a presentation on the final land use plan for the former smelter site also known as Operable Unit 2, which includes the city golf course and further east where the old stack and refinery once sat. Water and Environmental Technologies, or WET, has been working on

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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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