Bob Rowe stood on the deck of Hauser Dam on a crisp September afternoon and watched as the Missouri River flowed into the forebay and then powered the dam’s hydroelectric generators as it tumbled down to the outflow gates below.
Despite some heavy rainstorms in August, flows from Fort Peck Dam will be reduced from 9,500 cubic feet per second to 5,000 cfs this month as managers respond to persistent drought.
Upper Missouri River Basin Study's goal is to help communities and agricultural producers plan for possible water scarcity in the future.
Full emergency fishing closures went into effect on two new sections of the Big Hole River on Tuesday in response to the drought. A full closure means fishing is prohibited at all times of day. These closures will stay in effect until conditions improve.
Hoot-owl fishing restrictions were lifted Tuesday by state officials on 35 miles of the Missouri River between Holter Dam and the Cascade city boat ramp.
Several angler restrictions in effect on portions of the Missouri, Madison and Stillwater rivers were lifted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
It’s never a good sign when you launch for a river float and the wind blows you back upstream.
The river’s runoff was only 34% of average.
Operators of two fly-fishing businesses in Craig said the recent hoot-owl restrictions placed on 35 miles of the Missouri River between Holter Dam and Cascade shouldn’t impact their business too severely, and said it is good the state is taking action.
The trout decline in southwest Montana rivers was startling even before the drought hit.
Hoot-owl fishing restrictions took effect Tuesday for the Missouri River near Craig, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced.
June runoff in the Upper Missouri River Basin was only 52% of average this year, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement water conservation measures on the dams it manages along the stream.
The body of a 17-year-old boy was recovered from the Missouri River between Helena and Great Falls early Tuesday.
Stretching 149 miles through 377,000 acres of public land, the Upper Missouri Breaks Wild and Scenic River offers a three day escape from civilization.
A body found in a pickup truck that was pulled from the Missouri River in Great Falls last month is that of Tammy Goff, a woman who went missing nearly three years ago.
Gov. Greg Gianforte is objecting to a U.S. government proposal to alter water releases from a huge reservoir in northeastern Montana to help an ancient and endangered fish species — the dinosaur-like pallid sturgeon.
Few high points in Montana offer a view as filled with history and scenery as Fort Rock at Missouri Headwaters State Park.
The Upper Missouri River Basin has recorded the ninth driest April in 123 years of record keeping, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday adopted new regulations for walleye on Canyon Ferry and Hauser reservoirs as well as a section of the Missouri River.
Water flows into reservoirs along the Missouri River above Sioux City, Iowa, were well-below average in February, and the 2021 runoff forecast for the upper basin remains below average.
With snowpack at only 78% of normal in the mountains above Fort Peck Reservoir, the outlook for spring runoff into the popular fishery is predicted to be below average unless something changes between now and mid-April.
“To be able to repair a highly degraded primary tributary for the Land of the Giants as the public calls it, it’s not an opportunity that presents itself very often.”
The number of miles of wild and scenic rivers in Montana would jump by nearly 87% under legislation to be introduced by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.
It’s an hour-long drive to the Keystone XL pipeline construction site from Angeline Cheek’s home in Brockton, Montana. The vastness of the northeast Montana landscape unfolds without interruption all the way to the horizon.