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Outdoors: Reser Reservoir being drained to repair dam


August 2, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

An aerial view of Reser Reservoir last week Northwest of Chinook shows how much of the lake has been drained this summer. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management say the draining, which is to make repairs to the dam, has also created a unique fishing opportunity this summer.

Fishing fans may have noticed something a little different this summer about one of the Hi-Line's most popular fisheries.

Reser Reservoir, a Bureau of Land Management reservoir located approximately 18 miles northwest of Chinook, has been being slowly drained throughout the summer due to structural damage at the dam. A small washout was observed this spring, and repair and maintenance to the dam is necessary to avoid a complete loss to the structure.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been working with BLM staff to coordinate the drawdown while trying to salvage and transfer as many ga...

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