National Drought Mitigation Center

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Hoot-owl closure on Sun River near Great Falls, Montana
8/27/2018 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Relief, Response & Restrictions
Tourism & Recreation
Water Supply & Quality
Cascade County, MT

Start Date: 8/6/2018 - End Date: 8/24/2018
Warm water temperatures on the Sun River in the Great Falls area led the Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close the river to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight daily until water conditions improve. The river closure extended from the Highway 287 bridge to the mouth of the Muddy Creek west of Great Falls. FWP's drought policy provides for angling closures when flows drop below critical levels for fish, when water quality deteriorates, or when maximum daily water temperatures reach at least 73 degrees for three days in a row. Great Falls Tribune (Mont.), Aug. 6, 2018