We’d like to keep our rivers the way they were before Montana got “discovered,” before people fled big cities to live here, before hundreds of thousands of tourists descended on us every year and put pressure on our streams.
But we can’t. The times have changed. And with it, the stress on our rivers and fishing access sites have increased. These sites sorely need more maintenance, both to keep the sites working well — just talk to a boater who has struggled with a bad launch ramp — and to prevent noxious weeds from growing on them.