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BLM Warns of low Missour River water levels


Last updated 7/12/2021 at 12:34pm

Photo by Bureau of Land Management Park Ranger Sean Williams, UMRBNM

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Park Ranger Chad Weaver paddles the Missouri River in late May to conduct patrols in the White Cliffs section of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Water levels have dropped significantly since then and people are urged to check water levels before boating on the rivers and to, stay alert for underwater hazards and wear a life jacket whenever they are boating.

Before people venture out on the Missouri River in their boats, they should be sure to check current water levels.

Upper Missouri River flows in Montana are much lower than normal for this time of year, resulting in exposed or underwater hazards, like rocks, gravel bars, logs and other obstacles, that could damage boats or knock vessel occupants into the water. People should be ready for the unexpected while on the river and everyone in the vessels should wear a life jacket.

People can check out the U.S. Geological Survey river gauges for current conditions before they launch at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/current?type=flow . Gauges to check within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument are: the Missouri River at Fort Benton, gauge 06090800; the Missouri River at Virgelle, gauge 06109500, for conditions at Coal Banks, and the Missouri River near Landusky, gauge 06115200, for conditions near the James Kipp Recreation Area.

People can also contact the BLM's river staff at the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton, online athttps://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/montana-dakotas/upper-missouri-river-breaks .


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