PPL Montana and Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the North Shore area downstream from Ryan Dam Road will re-open to the public Thursday (9/1) because construction projects in that area are complete.
The following areas remain closed in the North Shore area for public safety reasons:
- North Shore area from Rainbow Boat Launch to Ryan Dam Road.
- North Shore Trail — Rainbow Trailhead to Ryan Dam Road.
The following Great Falls public recreation areas are open to the public:
- Sulphur Spring Trailhead and Trail and upper Morony parking lot.
- Ryan Dam Road, upper parking area and Ryan Trailhead.
- North Shore Trail from Ryan Dam Road to Sulphur Springs Trailhead and beyond to Sulphur Springs.
- All South Shore trails.
- Lewis and Clark Overlook.
- Rainbow Overlook.
- Crooked Falls Overlook.
- Black Eagle Memorial Island.
- Ryan Island and Clubhouse are open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“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 and 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).