Being able to put a boat in the river at a moment’s notice is one of the great attractions of owning riverfront property in Montana. But boat ramps, as with all riverside developments, can cause damage to the river. Some conservation districts have begun restricting and/or discouraging construction of additional boat ramps.
Some rivers in Montana have seen rapid growth in the number of private boat ramps. On the Missouri River, between Great Falls and Ulm, a 2012 Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks survey counted 75 private boat ramps. This was compared to 7 public ramps in the same area. The study concluded that building additional boat ramps is not necessary and that they may impact the recreational fisheries that are such an important part of our economy.
- Is it necessary for you to build a new boat ramp?
- Are there public boat ramps nearby?
- Can you share with your neighbors?
- Every house having its own boat ramp will lead to diminished fisheries, reduced water quality, and impaired river function.