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Conditions vary in Custer Gallatin National Forest

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Red Canyon Road, Hebgen Lake Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest. PHOTO COURTESY OF G. MORRISON / U.S. FOREST SERVICE.


BOZEMAN – Following widespread flooding across southwest Montana, the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s seven ranger districts are seeing variable conditions. The U.S. Forest Service advises recreationalists to plan ahead and remain aware as conditions may change.

The Bozeman district of the Custer Gallatin will open all seasonal gates scheduled for June 16 on time with the exception of the Fairy Lake Road, which will remain closed until further notice. Due to flooding near West Yellowstone, the Hebgen Lake district in West Yellowstone has delayed the opening of their June 16 gates.

The Beartooth, Yellowstone and Gardiner districts are under an emergency public safety closure. Rangers in these areas are asking recreationalists to stay away until damages can be fully assessed.

For the latest conditions, the Forest Service recommends calling the local ranger district directly. Those numbers are below:

  • Ashland Ranger District: 406-784-2344
  • Beartooth Ranger District: 406-446-2103
  • Bozeman Ranger District: 406-522-2520
  • Gardiner Ranger District: 406-848-7375
  • Hebgen Lake Ranger District: 406-823-6961
  • Sioux Ranger District: 605-797-4432
  • Yellowstone Ranger District: 406-222-1892

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