Montana Access Bill To Be Signed April 13

April 8, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

The first Montana stream access bill in 24 years will be signed by Governor Schweitzer at noon on Monday, April 13, in Riverfront Park in Billings, according to our sources. This is a significant piece of legislation, if not for resolving every detail of angler rights, then at least for preventing private landowners from arbitrarily blocking access to streams and rivers based on reinterpretation of county and state right-of-ways.
As we noted last month, Montana House Bill 190 faced fierce opposition from private landowners and their attorneys, but was passed virtually unanimously by Montana legislators.