Multiple rivers and creeks in Stillwater County reopen Tuesday, June 28, after talks with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Stillwater County officials, and several utility companies.

According to Montana FWP, the Stillwater River is now reopened as well as the Yellowstone River from Columbus to the Buffalo Mirage Fishing Access Site. Other areas now reopened include East Rosebud Creek to Rosebud Creek and Rosebud Creek, which connects to the Stillwater River.

Many hazards are still apparent in the area, including log jams in channels, exposed gas lines, and pipelines. One log jam starts downstream towards the BLM parcel and upstream of the White Bird Fishing Access Site. Downstream of the Absaroka Fishing Access Site is an exposed pipeline, about three-quarters of a mile along the North Stillwater Road. 

There is an eight-inch exposed gas line upstream of the Jeffries Landing Fishing Access Site. The gas was removed by Northwestern Energy and is not in use. People are asked to avoid orange and yellow lines that may be visible to recreationists. Other potential hazards include debris from structures, bridge decks, etc. 

Recreationists are also asked to use caution if they plan on floating rivers. Several fishing access sites serve as walk-ins only. Other sites, including the Jeffries Fishing Access Site, will have porta-a-potties delivered for temporary latrines while work is done in the area. 

Visit FWP’s website for updated information on the latest restrictions and closures.