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									                  The Jefferson River Canoe Trail                                                                                                               Floating the Canoe Trail                                                                                           Principles of No-Trace Camping                                                                                           Montana’s Stream Access Law                                                                                                                                           Winter Recreation
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                                           Sustaining Our Montana Traditions                                                                                              Floating and Camping on the Jefferson                                                              Leave the land as Lewis and Clark would have found it 200 years ago.                                                          Rights and Responsibilities of Landowners and Recreationists                                                                             Liability                             Remedies for Cabin Fever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The legislature has limited the situations
                                                                                    and Parks Fishing Access Sites along the Jef-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in which a landowner, manager, or tenant may
                  The Jefferson River Canoe Trail is a conser-                                                                                 The Jefferson River Canoe Trail retraces by throughout the river fluctuate considerably from                                            Adapted from the 7 Leave No Trace Prin-                               Leave What You Find                         Montana’s Stream Access Law was passed                 Artificial barriers include any man-made object                                                                            Winter Hiking and Horseback Riding
                                                                                    ferson River are presently closed to camping. water an essential segment of the Lewis & Clark year to year.                                                                                                                                                                                                     by the Montana legislature in 1985 after a                  in or over the water that totally or effectually            be liable for injuries to people using a stream             Ever have that feeling like you just want to
            vation and recreation project to establish a net-                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ciples from the Leave No Trace Center for Out-                * Preserve the past: examine, but do not
                                                                                    Camping is allowed only within the ordinary National Historic Trail from the three forks of the                              Wear your life jackets. Montana law requires door Ethics (www.lnt.org).                                                                                                            landmark Montana Supreme Court case                         obstructs the recreational use of the surface               flowing through their private property, such that     get out and go for a hike, but all the forest trails
            work of multipurpose backcountry campsites on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   touch, cultural or historic structures and arti-
                                                                                    high water mark (as allowed for by the Montana Missouri at Headwaters State Park up the Jef- that a watercraft must have a suitable flotation                                                                                                                                                                   determined that our rivers and streams were                 water. The law does not address portaging                   they are liable only for acts or omissions that       are snowed in for the winter? No need to be
            private and public lands along the entire length                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                facts.
                                                                                    Stream Access Law), and on fragments of BLM ferson River to its origin at the forks of the Big device for every person on board. Children                                                                                                                                                                       open to public use up to the ordinary high water            around natural barriers and does not make such              constitute “willful or wanton misconduct.”            snowed in yourself. Get yourself and the kids
            of the Jefferson River. The public will be able to                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Please do your part to leave the Jefferson               * Leave rocks, plants and other natural ob-
            float into these sites for primitive camping along                      lands, which are high-lighted on this map. This Hole and Beaverhead Rivers near Twin Bridges.                           under twelve must wear life jackets at all times River as natural and pristine as Lewis and Clark                               jects as you find them. If you harvest wild edible      mark. The Stream Access Law helped to define                a portage either legal or illegal.                                                                                out of the house and go exploring.
                                                                                    lack of designated camping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beyond the High Water Mark
            the river. At each camp, as appropriate, there                                                                                                                               Most pres- when on the water. We recommend that adults first encountered it 200 years ago. Leave no                                                plants or mushrooms, do so sustainably, taking          the rights and responsibilities of landowners and               If a landowner puts a fence or other                                                                                In mid-winter or early spring, when you
                                                                                    areas discourages users                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private lands above and beyond the
            will be opportunities for such activities as bird                                                                                                                       ent-day travel- wear life jackets at all times as well; it sets a good trace of your passing so that other explorers can                                only a few and leaving the rest to propagate.           recreationists. But note that the law does not              structure across a stream, such as a float-over                                                                   cannot get up in the mountains, there are
                                                                                    from experiencing extended                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ordinary high water mark may be available to
            watching, mushrooming, hiking, and fishing.                                                                                                                             ers will prefer example, and you won’t get separated from it in feel as if they are first ones to come this way.                                            * Avoid introducing/transporting non-native         apply to lakes or to man-made diversions, such              cable or a float-through gate, and it does not                                                                    still many great hiking and horseback riding
                                                                                    float trips down the river.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             public use unless designated otherwise by
                 The Jefferson River is rich with wildlife and                                                                                                                      to follow the a sudden accident.                                                                                                                        species.                                                as ditches.                                                 interfere with the recreational use of the water,                                                                 opportunities in the rolling hills closer to the
                                                                                    Users are allowed to float                                                                                                   Be prepared for the weather. Montana                                                                                                                                                                                                           the public does not have the right to go above              landowners or managers. According to Montana          river. It doesn’t snow as much in the lower
            scenery, great floating opportunities, and an                                                                                                                           trail in reverse,                                                                                               Plan Ahead and Prepare                      * Do not build structures, furniture, or dig
                                                                                    the river and walk or camp                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trespass legislation, the public has the privilege
            essential stake in our nation’s history. Almost                                                                                                                         floating down is a land of extremes, and a pleasant day can                                           * Know the regulations and special con-           trenches.                                                                  Recreational Use                         the ordinary high water mark to portage. In all                                                                   hills, and any snow that falls tends to melt off
                                                                                    on the gravel bars, but free-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to enter or remain on private land by the explicit
            all land along the river is in private hands and                                                                                                                        the Jefferson quickly change to severe conditions with scorch- cerns for each place you visit. Lands along the                                                                                                       While the land under the water may belong              cases, recreationists must keep portages to a                                                                     quickly.
                                                                                    dom ends at the ordinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                permission of the landowner or manager, OR
            development is encroaching everywhere. Yet,                                                                                                                             River, instead ing heat or frigid rain or even mid-summer snow Jefferson River fall under several different fed-                                                         Minimize Campfire Impacts              to a private individual, the public has a right to          minimum, and should realize that landowners may                                                                         Check the maps for the hiking and riding
                                                                                    high water mark.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        because the landowner has chosen not to post
            when you get into a canoe and experience the                                                                                                                            of towing their storms. Bring sunblock and layers to protect eral, state, and private jurisdictions.                                                          * Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the      use it for water-based recreational purposes.               place fences and other barriers across streams                                                                    symbols that indicate good sites to access
                                                                                         The grassy meadows                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a notice denying entry to the land.
            river from the viewpoint of Lewis and Clark, you                                                                                                                        canoes         up- exposed skin. Bring warm and dry clothes, and                                   * Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and          backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cook-          Recreational use includes fishing, hunting,                 for purposes of land or water management or to                                                                    public lands. Don’t expect developed trails or
                                                                                    and cottonwood groves are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Until recent times, most Montana
            discover how much the view-shed remains intact                                                                                                                          stream. Float- make sure you can keep them dry until you need emergencies. Always wear life jackets, and keep                                           ing and enjoy a candle lantern for light.               swimming, floating, boating and other related or            establish land ownership, if otherwise allowed                                                                    trailheads; these are undeveloped access points
                                                                                    part of the river experience,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           landowners have chosen not to post their land,
            from the river. Most existing development is                                                                                                                            ers can choose them. Bring a quality rain poncho or tarp for wet in mind that hypothermic situations are possible                                             * Where fires are permitted, use established      incidental uses, such as camping when suitable              by law.                                                                                                           to some surprisingly interesting nooks and
                                                                                    with the potential for camp-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and many farmers and ranchers are still glad
            away from the river enough that you only expe-                                                                                                                          a fast pace, weather.                                                                         at any time of the year in Montana.                       fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires, and keep fires   alternatives are not available. Merely hiking down                                                                                                                            crannies on public lands.
                                                                                    ing, hiking, bird-watching,                                                                                                  Bring lots of drinking water, and be sure to                                                                                                                                       a riverbed does not constitute recreational use               Camping within the Ordinary High Water Mark               to see responsible people fishing along the
            rience the cottonwood ecology along the river,                                                                                                                          paddling        the                                                                                * Schedule your trip to avoid times of high          small. Only use sticks from the ground that can
                                                                                    mushrooming, or fishing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bank. Keep in mind that even where private
            against a backdrop of undeveloped mountains                                                                                                                             trail in three to drink it. Dehydration is a concern at any time of use, but make sure there is enough water to float                                   be broken by hand.                                      of the water, and therefore does not fall within                 The Stream Access Law allows for overnight
                                                                                    from the bank, but floaters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             property is not posted, it is still good policy
            in the distance.                                                                                                                                                        four days, or year. You may not feel thirsty when exercising in the river.                                                                                    *Do not dispose of any trash other than pa-       the scope of the law. Similarly, recreational               camping within the ordinary high water mark on
                                                                                    have no access to it. Local Rainstorms can be sudden and frigid, so be prepared for the worst.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to ask permission to use it.
                 With the addition of strategically chosen                                                                                                                          a slower pace, cool, damp weather, or when playing in the wa-                                      * Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into   per and cardboard in the fire.                          use of dry streambeds isn’t covered by the law              the states larger rivers, including the Jefferson,
                                                                                    Montanans, as well as his-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Notice denying entry must consist of a
            backcountry campsites, floaters will be able to                                                                                                                         paddling half ter in hot dry weather. Under some conditions groups of 4-6 at campsites.                                                                       * Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out         either. For these activities, or other uses not             but only when camping is considered necessary
                                                                                    tory buffs following the Lewis and Clark Trail, days to experience more of the available back- you may need to drink 1 1/2 gallons or more of                                                                                                                                                                   directly related to the water, such as riding all-          for the enjoyment of the water resource AND it              written notice or of notice by painting a post,
            take the Lewis and Clark experience from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                               * Repackage food to minimize waste, and              campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
                                                                                    lack the opportunity to fully experience the Jef- country campsites and riverside activities along water per person per day. Remember, if you are please bring a garbage bag to pick up any trash                                                                                                               terain vehicles, the user must obtain permission            is done out of sight of, or more than 500 yards             structure, or natural object with at least 50
            water to the land, by camping and recreating in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * Dry conditions and sudden high winds
                                                                                    ferson River ecosystem.                                                                                                 not peeing, then you are not drinking enough!                                                                                                                                           from the landowner.                                         from, any occupied dwelling. Any camping done               square inches of fluorescent orange paint. In
            remote sites where the land seems nearly un-                                                                                  the way.                                                                                                                                left behind by others.                                    along the Jefferson River can be a dangerous
                                                                                         Increasing the number of campsites along                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               within sight of or within 500 yards (whichever is           the case of a metal fence post, the entire post
            changed from 200 years ago.                                                                                                        This is a “no-trace” canoe trail. Use the                                                                                                                                                    combination. A small fire can blow up into a
                                                                                       the river will provide users with greater op- map to locate a suitable campsite where pub-                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Ordinary High Water Mark                    less) of an occupied dwelling requires landowner            must be painted. This notice must be placed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces              major wildfire in a matter of minutes. Avoid us-
                                                                                       portunities for a quality floating and camping lic use is allowed (or camp within the ordinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The ordinary high water mark is the line that          permission.                                                 at each outer gate and at all normal points of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * Durable surfaces include established               ing campfires in dry conditions, or keep a shovel
                                                                                       experience—without the need to trammel high water mark of the river), then apply ap-                                                                                                                                                                                                                         water impresses on the land by covering it for                   If you must build a fire, choose a safe                access to the property and wherever a stream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or        and bucket of water handy for an immediate re-
                                                                                       across private lands. Campsites for the Ca- propriate backcountry etiquette to leave the                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sufficient time to cause different characteristics          location, and if possible, use a fire pan or an             crosses an outer boundary line. Where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  snow—sites that will not be damaged by use.               sponse if you do have a fire.
                                                                                       noe Trail are being chosen such that floaters area as nice as you found it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  below the line. This nebulous definition is open            existing fire ring. Attend to the fire at all times         permission has been given to enter posted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * Good campsites are found, not made. Al-                  * Keep in mind that if you do accidentally
                                                                                       will have a half or full day float in between                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to some interpretation.                                     and be sure it is completely out and reclaimed to           property, the landowner can revoke it at any
                                                                                                                                               The Jefferson River Canoe Trail is all                                                                                             tering a site is not necessary.                           start a fire, you may be required to pay for the
                                                                                       each site. Our organization is working to es- Class I water, suitable for beginning paddlers,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sand and gravel bars, devoid of vegetation             its natural condition before leaving. Remember              time by personal communication. Please do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * Protect riparian areas by camping at least         expense of putting it out!                                                                                                                                                                                                            Winter snows seldom stick for long in the low hills near the river.
                                                                                       tablish campsites on suitable sites on existing except during runoff season in the spring                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from repeated flooding, are clearly within               that you have no right to gather firewood above             not provoke landowners. There are too many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  200 feet from lakes and streams.
                                                                                       state and federal lands, while purchasing land of high water years. Be especially wary of                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the high-water mark. Farm fields and flood               the ordinary high water mark.                               “No T respassing” signs already.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In popular areas 1) concentrate use on ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is part of our mission to continue
                                                                                       or negotiating recreation easements for addi- downed trees in the water, called “sweeps”.                                                                                                  isting trails and campsites, 2) Walk single file in                                                                  plains next to streams, on the other hand,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Courtesy and Respect                  enhancing trails opportunities along the
                                                                                       tional campsites where necessary. Ownership The force of the river moving through the                                                                                                      the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy,                                                                     are considered to be above the ordinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 There was a time when Montanans could            Jefferson River, ultimately connecting many
                                                                                       of the land or easements will be placed with branches can trap a person under water                                                                                                        3) Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas                                                                     high water mark. Other zones between
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hike, fish, hunt, and camp almost any where           recreational sites by land as well as by water.
                                                                                       FWP or a nonprofit entity, while the full bur- even with a life jacket on. Each year several                                                                                               where vegetation is absent.                                                                                          the gravel bars and farm fields may be more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            they wanted, on public and private lands              We are especially interested in collaborating with
                                                                                       den of site maintenance and management will people die floating on Montana rivers, mostly                                                                                                       * In pristine areas: 1) Disperse use to prevent                                                                 difficult to determine. Willow thickets, plus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alike. Recreationists respected the land and          private landowners to re-open portions of the
                                                                                       be the responsibility of the Jefferson River during the spring runoff, so make sure you                                To avoid the crowds, try canoeing before the spring runoff in       the creation of campsites and trails, 2) Avoid                                                                       certain grasses and sedges, often grow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            landowners were generally glad to see people          old Chicago-Milwaulkee railroad bed for walking
                                                                                       Canoe Trail Association.                           scout the river ahead of time and know what April or early May,                                                                         places where impacts are just beginning.                                                                             on older gravel bars that remain below the
                    Much of the scenery along the Jefferson River remains virtually                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         out having a good time engaged in constructive        and biking. If you are a landowner willing to work
                                                                                            It is our hope that the Jefferson River you are getting into.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ordinary high water mark. Pay attention
               unchanged from the days of Lewis and Clark.                                                                                                                                                       Bring a first aid kit and a cell phone, if avail-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          activities.                                           with our organization, or a person with some
                                                                                       Canoe Trail will lead to greater public interest        Low water in mid- to late-summer may re-                                                                                                            Dispose of Waste Properly                                                                           to your local rivers and streams to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                            able. Pack cell phones and cameras in water-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         But some incoming landowners, unaware of         possible leads, please contact us through our
                                                                                       in sustaining not just the access, but also the quire extensive dragging of watercraft over shal-                                                                                               * Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your camp-                                                                   how high the water comes up in ordinary
                  This kind of open space and open access quality of open space along the Jefferson River. low riffles. Be sure to plan on longer float times tight bags attached to the watercraft.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Montana’s tradition of openness, posted their         website at: www.JeffersonRiver.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  site and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.                                                                      years, and use your observations to guide
            has been a critical part of the Montana tradi- We seek to work with landowners to secure con- when the water is low, and some sections may not                                                       Pack smart drinks and foods with minimal                                                                                                                                              your judgement on similar waterways                                                                                  lands to keep people out. A few recreationists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              –Caution–
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
            tion throughout our history. People who have servation easements along the river in a way that be floatable at all during extremely low flows.                                                  packaging, and be prepared to haul out any                                                                                                                                                 throughout the state.                                                                                                also abused the privileges of using private lands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * To wash dishes, please carry water 200
            lived here all their lives are accustomed to hiking, will protect the natural character of the view-                                                                                            trash you generate. The Jefferson River is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They cut fences, drove through pastures, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  feet away from the river and use small amounts
            fishing and hunting for miles and miles along the shed from the river, while helping to keep family                                                                                             mostly a clean river, but there is occasional rub-                                                                                                                                                 Access to Rivers and Streams                                                                                 trashed the land. The result of this lack of
                                                                                                                                                                     Before you Go                                                                                                of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dish-                                    Look, but don’t touch!                                                                                                                                                                                               Outdoor recreation is potentially hazardous,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            respect was that in the span of about twenty-five
            rivers and through the woods, across public and farms intact and free from development.                                            Be prepared. Ask questions about current bish along the banks. Please bring a trash bag water.                                                                                                                                                             The Stream Access Law allows                                                                                                                                            and you could be seriously injured or killed while
            private lands alike. But with increased migration                            Population growth trends in southwest river conditions, and be sure to carefully scout and pick up anything that has been left behind.                                                                                                                                                                       recreationists to use Montana’s rivers and                                                                            years, Montana changed from being a culture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * Use a portable toilet to pack out human                                                                                                                       Montana’s Stream Access Law allows recreationists to use private                                                           recreating along the Jefferson River. While the
            into the state and development pressure, people Montana suggest that now is the time to make the Parson’s Bridge Diversion Dam, if you will                                                          Plan your shuttle in advance, so you have a                                                                                                     Respect Wildlife                   streams, but does not allow them to trespass lands within the ordinary high water mark of the river. Please use these   without boundaries to a culture where nearly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    waste, or bury                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association has
            find that they no longer have access to places long-term decisions to sustain our traditions of be traveling that part of the river. Conditions way of getting back to                                                                                                                                                               * Control pets at all times, or leave them at      across private property to reach those lands responsibly.                                                               everything is posted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    solid waste in cat                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            strived to include available hazard and safety
            they have always used, especially along the river open space and open access. Either we will pull                                                                                                 your vehicle, and don’t                                                                                                       home.                                                   waterways. Access to our rivers and streams                                                                                  To retain our remaining privileges of using
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    holes dug 6 to 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              information on these maps, the maps do not
            corridors. Hope is not lost, however.                                   together as a community to do what is necessary                                                                           take on more than                                                                                                                  * Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife dam-        can be found at state Fishing Access Sites,                                  Hunting                                    private lands, and to regain the privilege of using
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inches deep at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cover all possible hazards and cannot replace
                  All that is needed to improve the Jefferson to sustain a way of life along the Jefferson River                                                                                              you can in the allotted                                                                                                       ages their health, alters natural behaviors, and        other state and federal lands (unless regulated        The Stream Access Law allows for waterfowl                       lands that have been closed, recreationists must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    least 200 feet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sound judgement and good decision-making
            River experience is a few good sites that will al- corridor, or we won’t.                                                                                                                         time.                                                                                                                         exposes them to predators and other dangers.            otherwise), as well as within state or county road hunting within the ordinary high water mark,                         demonstrate good stewardship and courtesy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from water, camp,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             skills. Only you can responsible for your own
            low floaters a quality place to get out and stretch                          The Jefferson River Canoe Trail is a signifi-                                                                             And finally, please                                                                                                           * Protect wildlife and your food by storing        right-of-ways at bridge crossings. However, but does not allow big game hunting, hunting                                towards landowners at all times. Please 1) respect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and trails. Cover                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             actions and safety. The Jefferson River Canoe
            their legs, have lunch, or stop and camp. The cant step to preserve what we have left and to                                                                                                      volunteer        time       or                                                                                                rations and trash securely.                             access at some bridges may be restricted for of nongame or predators, or trapping of fur-                               the rights of landowners, 2) ask permission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and disguise the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trail Association is not liable for your safety.
            Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association is work- guarantee recreational access to keep future                                                                                                     money to help guar-                                                                                                                * Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating,   public safety, or where the establishment of the bearing animals, without landowner permission.                         before straying above the high water mark, 3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cat hole when fin-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also keep in mind that the river course
            ing to acquire backcountry campsites along the generations of Montanans connected with the                                                                                                        antee the future of the                                                                                                       nesting, raising young, or winter.                      right-of-way did not allow access to the water.    For waterfowl hunting, keep safety in mind at all                    leave all fences intact, 4) control your pets, 5)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ished.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is continually changing, as are the hazards,
            river that are accessible only by water, or if by land and its history. We are a grassroots orga-                                                                                                 Jefferson River as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                     times. Do not discharge firearms near dwellings                      leave no trace of your passing, and 6) thank the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         * Pack out toi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          land ownership, and regulations that apply to
            land, then only by non-motorized travel. We wish nization of local volunteers. To join the effort to                                                                                              quality place for all to                                                                                                                Be Considerate of Other Visitors                           Portaging Around Obstacles            or livestock, and ask permission to retrieve                         landowners for being so accommodating if you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    let paper and hy-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             private and public lands. While the Jefferson
            to avoid the maintenance problems and trash make a lasting difference, please check out our                                                                                                       enjoy. Together we can                                                                                                            * Respect other visitors and protect the                 The Stream Access Law allows water users game from above the ordinary high water mark.                             happen to meet them in person.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    giene products or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             River Canoe Trail Association has worked to
            associated with roads and vehicles. Individuals website or contact us at:                                                                                                                         make a difference!                                                                                                            quality of their experience along the river. Take       to go above the ordinary high water mark if Permanent duck blinds, boat moorage or other                                     By      respecting     private      property,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use natural toilet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            accurately represent the river course, land-
            who take the time for multi-day backcountry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     breaks and choose campsites away from others            necessary to portage around artificial barriers, permanent objects are not allowed without                              recreationists can earn a mutual respect, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    paper alternatives                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ownership, and regulations, initial errors and
            floats generally have a much greater conserva-                                  Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association                                                                                                                                                                                                         to allow them their privacy.                            but must do so in the least intrusive manner landowner permission. Seasonal blinds and                                  maybe one day, when the “No Trespassing” signs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    such as leaves or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             changes over time are possible and should be
            tion ethic, and are more likely to pick trash up                                               PO Box 681                                                                                                                                                                                                                           * Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud           possible, avoiding damage to the landowner’s temporary boat moorages are allowed on larger                              decay and fall off the fences, landowners may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Soaking at Point of Rocks Hot Springs. Please bring a trash  smooth stones.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                expected. It is the user’s responsibility to verify
            than leave it.                                                                            Silver Star, MT 59751                       During normal years flow levels may be hazardous from late                                                                                                                                voices and noises, and leave radios at home.            property and violation of his or her rights. rivers like the Jefferson, but only if required for                        not be in such a hurry to put them back up.
                  All Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bag to pick up after yourselves and other people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                all information through other sources.
                                                                                                    www.JeffersonRiver.org                  May through most of June and inadequate by August.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         enjoyment of the water resource, and only if



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