PPL Montana and Fish, Wildlife and Parks have announced that Lower Morony River Access will re-open to the public on Saturday (7/30). PPL Montana reminds the public that all other North Shore trail and public access remain closed for safety at Great Falls, due to construction.
The Morony site has been closed since fall 2010 so PPL Montana could complete several major construction projects in the area. Those projects are now complete, so the site can be reopened to the public.
Lower Morony River Access is a popular fishing location and is open year around. A hand-carry boat launch and latrine are provided at the site. The site is located just downstream of PPL Montana’s Morony Dam, at the end of Morony Dam Road.
Sulphur Spring Trail is also open to the public, with parking provided at the trailhead above the dam. The North Shore Trail west of the trailhead remains closed at this time due to continuing construction activities.
The following areas remain closed in the North Shore Conservation Area:
- North Shore area from Rainbow boat launch to Morony.
- North Shore Trail — entire length.
- Ryan trailhead.
The following Great Falls public recreation areas will remain open and are not affected by North Shore Conservation Area closures:
- Sulphur Spring Trail and upper Morony parking lot.
- All South Shore trails.
- Lewis and Clark Overlook.
- Rainbow Overlook.
- Crooked Falls Overlook.
- Black Eagle Memorial Island.
“There’s nothing more important than the safety of the public and our employees and contractors as the work at Rainbow Dam and on the 100-kilovolt power line progresses,” said David Hoffman, director of External Affairs for PPL Montana. “These temporary closures will keep people safely away from heavy equipment and construction zones at Rainbow Dam and to support power line construction activities at our five dams near Great Falls.”
River’s Edge Trail maps showing north shore conservation trail and access locations are available at Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 4 Headquarters; Great Falls Parks & Recreation; Great Falls Visitor Center; Knicker Biker; Bighorn Wilderness; kiosks along the River’s Edge Trail; and other locations in the city.
PPL Montana provides safe, reliable energy from coal-fired power plants at Colstrip and Billings, as well as 11 hydroelectric plants along West Rosebud Creek and the Missouri, Madison, Clark Fork and Flathead rivers. It has a combined generating capacity of more than 1,200 megawatts and has offices in Billings, Butte and Helena. PPL Montana and its 500 employees are dedicated to Montana and its communities, supporting educational, environmental and economic development programs across the state. PPL EnergyPlus operates a trading floor in Butte that markets and sells power for PPL Montana in wholesale and retail energy markets throughout the western United States. PPL Montana and PPL EnergyPlus are subsidiaries of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).