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Fresno and Tiber fishing areas reopening to public


The Tailwater Fishing Access site downstream of Fresno Dam and Sanford Park downstream of Tiber Dam will reopen to public access on Saturday.

Both areas have been closed for several months as part of heightened security measures implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Some restrictions will continue to apply. Increased security continues at Bureau of Reclamation facilities, and restrictions will be revised if necessary, the bureau said.

Public access on the Marias River downstream of Tiber is limited to a point about 500 yards upstream of the Sanford Park boat launch. A gate on the access road to the base of the dam remains closed. Signs adjacent to the stream channel define the area upstream that remains closed to public access.

The Fresno Tailwater Fishing Access Site is managed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The access road across bureau land has been reopened to allow the public to use the parking area and boat ramp downstream of Fresno Dam.

No public access is allowed from the dam to a point about 100 feet downstream of the spillway basin. Fencing and signs define Bureau of Reclamation property that is closed to public access.

The bureau asks that people be alert for suspicious activities at or near dams and report those activities to either the bureau or local law enforcement officials.


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