Float-In Sites Solve Campground Crunch in Montana
The Blackfoot River near Greenough, Mont., has great access for day floats, but trying to plan a multi-day trip on the river used to be pretty tricky.
"Your odds were pretty minimal at being able to find a campsite," said Chet Crowser, fishing access manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP).
There are designated campsites along the river, but those sites, which are open to car campers, tend to fill up quickly, and there's no way to reserve them, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
That meant floaters were either doing only one-day trips or sometimes ended up camping illegally on private property, Crowser said.
"The alternative is to pioneer a campsite on somebody's land," said Jerry O'Connell, a landowner along the river and Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper with the Waterkeeper Alliance.
FWP started a pilot program for this floating season that aims to solve those problems.
Designated campsites for floaters are available at three existing Fishing Access Site campgrounds — River Junction, Corrick's River Bend and Ninemile Prairie.
Sites are available by permit only on a first-come, first-served basis.
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