A popular recreation area in Montana is temporarily closed to the public while crews work to repair damage caused by heavy rainfall over Memorial Day weekend.

Photo Credit: Roger Worley
Photo Credit: Roger Worley

According to a press release from Northwestern Energy, Ennis Lake Road is currently closed downstream of Madison Dam for repairs. The road is expected to reopen in the morning on Sunday, June 5.

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On Monday, May 30, heavy rainfall caused a large rock to fall on the flow line from Madison Dam and resulted in extensive damage to both the flow line and the road. Water is leaking from the flow line and across Ennis Lake Road. As a result, the road is temporarily closed while work is being done to repair the line.

Northwestern Energy
Northwestern Energy

Heavy equipment, including a large crane, is required to repair the significant damage. Due to safety concerns, the area will be closed to public access until the flow line is repaired.

Ennis Lake Road provides access to Beartrap Canyon, a popular section of the Madison River that is often used by whitewater rafters, kayakers, and boaters.

This past December, Northwestern Energy repaired a dam malfunction at Hebgen Dam that forced a full fishing closure on the upper Madison River. Thankfully, it doesn't look like this incident will be quite as serious.

NorthWestern Energy appreciates the cooperation of recreationists as crews work to make repairs and reopen the area as quickly as possible. If all goes well, the temporary closure will be lifted on Sunday.

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