Exposed gas pipeline closes section of Stillwater River to boaters

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Fish, Wildlife & Parks has closed the Stillwater River to all watercraft between the Absaroka fishing access site and the confluence of the Rosebud River, which is just upstream of Jeffrey’s Landing FAS.

Working closely with Stillwater County commissioners, FWP is providing an emergency closure of the area until further notice. The closure will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The closure is for watercraft on the river, not other river access.

A natural gas pipeline exposed by flooding in mid-June has created a dangerous obstacle in the river and is impeding floaters’ ability to safely negotiate around it. Low water levels have reduced the width of the river and is now forcing floaters to go over the pipeline twice and into a debris pile on the lower portion that could potentially cause injury or drowning.

The pipeline company is working on a solution.

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