Awhile back there was word that Reynolds Pass Fishing Access was going to have some renovations and that there were some elistist pigs folks who wanted to eliminate the boat ramp at Reynolds. A bad Idea…….Why you ask? Becuase there are some sections of the Madison River which are impossible to access, below $3 Bridge, without the use of a driftboat or raft. No boat ramp meant the private landowners in the Big Bend would have the section of the Madison River all to themselves. Access is key to keeping our rivers open to all those who want to fish. Many anglers, outfitters and the general public, where outraged that a ramp which had existed for 40 years or better was going to be eliminated, therefore closing access to a couple of miles of river only accesible by boat. This is America and the great trout streams of Montana are yours and mine.
Since I happen to be an outfitter and well connected throughout the Madison Valley, I helped organize a movement to make sure this boat ramp was going to be reinstituted into the upgrade plans for Reynolds Pass. The thing is, the ramp was in the original plans, but then it disappeared only to be supplemented with a “Hand Launch” type of ramp. Driftboats and rafts were being eliminated from use. Upon reaching out to anglers and guides alike, FWP was flooded with letters stating just how important access is to everyone. Thanks to all those who supported the boat ramp at Reynolds Pass. Below you will find the press release.
On the Madison River at Raynolds Pass Fishing Access Site 31 miles northwest of West Yellowstone on Highway 287 improvements were made to the portion of this site west of the highway. Crews there installed a new gravel boat ramp, constructed a new trail under the highway bridge connecting to the east portion of the site, and improved the parking and camping areas. After completing this improvement project, the portion of the site east of the highway is no longer open to motorized vehicles. “The Big Hole and Madison Rivers are internationally renowned for their excellent trout fishing,” said FWP Regional Parks Manager Jerry Walker. “These improvements will enhance access for the public while protecting the outstanding resources along these waterways.”