Commenting Period for Proposed Madison River Regulations Opens

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The Madison River is the busiest river in Montana and certainly one of the busiest in the country. During the 2017 season, the river hosted over 207,000 angler days, a state record, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP).

FWP has released a survey on ways to deal with the pressure and traffic the river receives each year. The survey focuses on 4 main issues: commercial fishing outfitters, social conflict and angler use on the upper river, and recreation on the lower river.

“It’s taken a long time and a lot of work to get to this point where we can officially collect input on our next steps,” FWP director Martha Williams said in a news release. “People are passionate about the Madison River, and we know it’s important for us to consider all interests in moving forward. We’re committed to doing just that.”

Participate in the survey, here. It will remain open until January 6th, 2020.

To read more about the issues facing the river and the city of Ennis, whose economy is fueled by angling and recreational tourism, check out this article from The Bozeman Daily Chronicle. 

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