Yellowstone River Parks Association proposes new fishing-boat access

The Yellowstone River Parks Association are making efforts to build a new fishing-boat access site on the Yellowstone River. The non-profit organization has committed $125,000 to this access site and will acquire 15 acres of land with over 500 feet of frontage on the Yellowstone River. It will be located near Riverfront Park on South Billings Boulevard.

Richard Romersa is the owner of East Rosebud Fly Shop in Billings. He said his shop supports the purchase of the new access and acreage along Riverfront and thinks it'll be somewhat of an economic boost to the Billings area.

"This fish and game purchase is a smart move and I think it'll give the Billings fishing populous more access to a world-class fishery, which is the Yellowstone River," Romersa said.

Kaile Keil is part of a local group called Friday Night Floats and they participate in floating on the Yellowstone River.

"If you've ever been to Riverfront Park, there's a bunch of big boulders that goes down a steep slope," Keil said. "So when it's this time of the year, we have to drag our boats about a quarter of a mile and they're 500 to 600 pounds a piece. So they're very heavy."

Keil said the group teamed up with another organization called Our Montana in an effort to make the proposal a reality. She said the group's normal launching point is from the opposite side of the proposed location.

YRPA said this site will be great for a launching and landing access between Duck Creek and Lockwood. More importantly, it would be a great emergency access for the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Search and Rescue.

There is a public comment period on this acquisition. Letters of support can be submitted to: 

Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust

P.O. Box 1993

Helena, MT 59624

or e-mail:

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