Milltown Park gets more land, riverfront access

That’s the size of a parcel the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board voted to accept from the Bonner Development Group Monday.

“This was a long time coming,” said Bruce Hall, the development group’s executive director. “We’re happy that it’s finally happening.”

The wedge of land fits between Interstate 90 and part of Milltown’s current boundary. The Bonner Development Group had acquired it in the 1990s and allowed its use as a community park until 2006, when it was closed during the Milltown reservoir site’s Superfund cleanup. Its amenities include a picnic area, grill, vault toilet and trail network.

The area will be rehabilitated and converted into Milltown State Park, which covers the area where the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers come together. The park’s Confluence Area, just downstream of the new holdings, opened in June 2018, and the overlook area across the river opened in 2011. A third entrance, the Gateway area on the Blackfoot River near the county’s black pedestrian bridge, recently reopened following replacement of the I-90 bridges across the Blackfoot. Public access to the area upstream of the confluence between the Clark Fork and I-90 has remained limited.

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