Montana Supreme Court Rules to Uphold Public Access

In a landmark decision that upholds Montana’s stream access law, the Montana Supreme Court has  ruled that the public can use a public prescriptive road to gain access to part of the Ruby River.  The ruling involves a dispute that dates back to 2004 over the use of a public road to gain access to a section of the Ruby River that runs through the property of William Cox Kennedy, CEO of Cox Enterprises.  “I think the Montana Supreme Court has dotted the ‘i,’ crossed the‘t’ and put the period on the stream access case in the state,” says Bozeman attorney J. Devlan Geddes. Read more on The Missoulian.

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  • Robert Moore

    great decision!!!!

  • Juan Carlos Diez

    Hope argentinean judges can take note of this… great decision!

  • Lee Gustafson

    Folks need to know that the defense of the Montana Stream Access Law was done and paid for by a very small non-profit organization – the Public Land / Water Access Association also known as PLWA . They paid the whole bill. The state of Montana paid nothing !
    This has been going on for 25 years . Legal bills for the whole effort are approaching $1/2
    million . The other side – James Cox Kennedy had a net worth of $6 to $7 billion. This suit could go on if it is appealed to the US supreme court, It is not to late to help. Go to and there is a way to securely contribute on line. You can also join on line.