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SPRING IN MONTANA
I thought our readers might like to see what the Yellowstone River south of Livingston looks like the first week of May 2011. Currently, as of May 7, 2011, the snow water equivalent in the Yellowstone basin is 152% of average, and the runoff has not started yet. May and June are typically wet months in Montana so it appears that we will be experiencing high water well into July. You can find the snow pack reports at the following website address. [http://www.wrds.uwyo.edu/wrds/nrcs/updatesur/update-mt.html]
Mallard’s Rest Fishing Access site about 15 miles south of Livingston, Montana. Note the cloudy skies, the snow in the mountains and the low snow just above the access area.
Looking north toward the Crazy Mountains just north of Livingston the headwaters of the Shields River.
Mallard’s Rest Fishing Access. The river is still running at winter levels
A drift boat and two shore anglers at Pine Creek Bridge
Lots of high snow
The Yellowstone River just below Nelson’s Spring Creek with more gravel showing than water
Certainly summer will come to Montana and the rivers will run low, clear and cold, but for the immediate future the word from the front lines is prepare for a long period of high water.