Flood Information for Travelers

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UPDATE: July 5, 7:39 am

We invite visitors to continue with their trips to Yellowstone National Park and Montana and encourage them to enjoy all our state has to offer beyond the park. Please don’t cancel your reservations – there’s so much to do and experience in Montana

Montana has a lot of outdoor opportunities to offer and it’s important to respect the areas that are a safety concern right now. There are many places across the Montana that are experiencing high levels of water and dangerous conditions, including turbulent currents and significant amounts of debris. Please do not recreate in the rivers that have the potential to flood, including swimming, kayaking, rafting, boating. If you have plans to recreate in a river or in a flood zone, consider other recreational opportunities like hiking or visiting a local downtown. 

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK UPDATES

Yellowstone National Park to reopen north loop July 2 and suspend Alternating License Plate System, 93% of roadways will be open

Yellowstone National Park will reopen the north loop on Saturday, July 2, to all visitors. In addition to roads in the south loop, visitors will now be able to access:

  • Norris Junction to Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt
  • Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)

Visitors can access the south and north loops via the East Entrance (Cody, Wyoming), West Entrance (West Yellowstone, Montana), and South Entrance (Grand Teton/Jackson, Wyoming).

“We're pleased to reopen the north loop of Yellowstone to the visiting public less than three weeks after this major flood event," said Superintendent Cam Sholly. "We have attempted to balance major recovery efforts while reopening as much of the park as possible. We have greatly appreciated the tremendous support of the Department of the Interior; National Park Service; Federal Highway Administration; and our congressional, community, county and state partners."

North loop

Federal Highway Administration engineers have completed final bridge and road safety inspections. Temporary repairs to the wastewater systems have been evaluated and will accommodate day use on the north loop.

The park cautions the public that high water remains in many waterways and to be aware of backcountry closures in the north loop due to hazardous conditions or damaged trails and bridges. Visit Yellowstone’s Backcountry Situation Report for details.

Services in the north loop will include general stores at Tower and Mammoth Hot Springs, and gasoline in both locations. Additional services may open in upcoming weeks. Visit Operating Hours and Seasons for details.

North and Northeast entrances

The North Entrance Road (Gardiner, Montana to Mammoth Hot Springs) and Northeast Entrance Road (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana to Tower-Roosevelt) remain closed to visitor vehicular traffic while temporary repairs are completed. Visitors may access the park on foot through these entrances in order to recreate (fish and hike) in areas not identified as closed. The park will evaluate authorizing bicycle use through these entrances up to damaged road sections in the near future.

Park staff are working with commercial guides and outfitters in Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate to further expand park access where possible. Yellowstone has reopened a 23-mile segment of the Beartooth Highway (from US-212/WY-296) junction to the ski hill parking lot), providing visitors access to this world-class scenic roadway.

Reconnecting the park to Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate remains Yellowstone's highest flood recovery priority. These communities are open with access to the park as described above.

 

Backcountry (Visit Backcountry Situation Report for details)

Most of Yellowstone's southern backcountry will open to overnight use on Friday, July 1, however some trails and campsites will remain closed for repairs due to flood impacts, high water and bear management closures.

A large portion of the backcountry in the north remains closed as damage assessments continue. Many northern trails have been severely damaged and bridges washed away. Additional backcountry in the northern part of the park will reopen as repairs and final damage assessments are completed.

Stay informed

Visitors traveling to the park must stay informed about the current situation, changes in visitor entry requirements, and road conditions. The public should also use extreme caution in areas of high water.

Visitors should regularly monitor updates from the park on new openings or closures as recovery efforts continue.

THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Montana offers so much more to experience beyond Yellowstone National Park. There are endless options to experience Montana’s wide-open spaces, touchable history, western offerings and American Indian culture. Cast a fishing line on blue-ribbon waters with an experienced guide in Ennis, walk through Montana history in Virginia City and Nevada City, take the backroads to Helena and explore the Gates of the Mountains. Red Lodge’s historic downtown escaped the flood largely unscathed -- and Red Lodge is open for business.

Additional Yellowstone Road Information

In addition to road closures caused by flood damage, Yellowstone will have routine road improvement projects and maintenance, and park roads can close at any time due to inclement weather or dangerous driving conditions. Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:

  • Visit Park Roads 
  • Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
  • Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message. 
  • Visitors who have trips planned should continue to check the Yellowstone website, local chambers of commerce, and social media for updates to get the most up-to-date information.

Community Updates

For the latest information about what’s happening in each of our communities, please visit:

Statewide Partner Updates

For places to direct visitors to in the rest of our vast state, check our tourism partner pages:

A Note To Visitors

As many of our communities are already hosting or are now ready to welcome visitors, we encourage you to bring your patience and be sure to “know before you go.” Right now that means:
  • Heed road closures, recreation alerts, signs, and weather safety warnings
  • Make sure to check websites and social media pages for businesses and events, and call before you go
  • Be flexible, and be prepared for plans to change
  • Be aware of cancellation policies for activities and lodging
  • Consider trip insurance
  • Make the best of the situation! It may not be the vacation you planned, but it will be unique and memorable
  • Be kind to workers and locals. Many have lost more than just a vacation
To speak with someone over the phone, please call the Call Center: 800.736.5276.

Travel Resources

  • Call 511 for continual updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, road closures, chain requirements and other travel information via the phone or Internet.
  • Road conditions: LINK
  • Flood Resources: LINK
  • Yellowstone National Park: LINK
  • Stillwater County: LINK
  • Carbon County: LINK
  • Park County: LINK
  • Gallatin County: LINK

RECREATION ALERTS AND RESTRICTIONS:

  • Custer Gallatin National Forest: LINK
  • Beartooth Ranger District: (406) 446-2103
  • Bozeman Ranger District: (406) 587-6701
  • Gardiner Ranger District: (406) 848-7375
  • Hebgen Lake Ranger District: (406) 823-6961
  • Yellowstone (Livingston) Ranger District: (406) 222-1892
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks: LINK
  • Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas: LINK
  • Montana Department of Transportation: LINK
  • Federal reservation system for recreation sites in the U.S., including camping, lodging, tours, permits and passes: LINK

To sign up for text alerts for the following areas, please consider the following resources:

  • Yellowstone National Park: LINK or Text “82190” to 888-7777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). 
  • Carbon County: LINK
  • Stillwater County: LINK
  • Park County: LINK

FOLLOW LOCAL NEWS FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES:


PARK COUNTY UPDATE

  • Montana Department of Transportation crews will be working on Hwy 89 S though Yankee Jim Canyon. Monday through Friday, 7AM - 7PM. Traffic is reduced to one lane with a pilot car. Expect delays of around 15 minutes.
  • MDT crews will also be working on East River Road, about 5 miles north of the intersection with Hwy 89 S at Dome Mountain. There may be intermittent lane closures.
  • Yellowstone River is closed downstream of Livingston between the Hwy 89N Bridge and Sheep Mountain fishing access sites due to a downed power pole.
  • Park County Road crews will be working on Cinnabar Basin Rd until Friday, 7/08 from 7AM - 4PM. The road is open to traffic with flaggers.

For the latest updates please click here to visit parkcounty.org.

 

FLATHEAD COUNTY UPDATES

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services continue to monitor river levels and potential flooding areas throughout the Flathead Valley.
Flathead Lake is at full pool. We are seeing water backing up into the south valley area: Big Fork, Creston, Lower Valley and South Kalispell. Be aware of changing conditions. There will be an increase law enforcement presence in the area. They are asking residents to build a 24 hour kit, including non-perishable food and water. Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet; to be prepared for potential conditions. Follow the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, listen to the local radio or television station for updates.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL UPDATES

Going-to-the-Sun Road will open through Logan Pass "no earlier than" July 13, 2022. This date is not a prediction of when the road will open - it is to help with trip planning purposes. Visitors may access Going-to-the-Sun Road via the St. Mary entrance on the east side without a vehicle reservation until the road is open to Logan Pass.

RESOURCES

Flathead County Sheriff's Office: https://www.facebook.com/flatheadsheriff 
Whitefish Flood Updates and Water Level 
Trail Status
Road status, hiker/biker closure and snowplow status page
Campgrounds Status


Local Flathead County Media (also check their Facebook pages)
Daily Inter Lake
Flathead Beacon
Whitefish Pilot
Hungry Horse News

Montana Department of Transportation:
Montana Department of Transportation Interactive Map of Road Conditions
Montana Department of Transportation Alerts, Closures & Incidents 



OTHER FLOODING UPDATES ACROSS MONTANA

  •  Pompeys Pillar National Monument and the Interpretive Center  www.blm.gov/visit/pompeys-pillar-national-monument  
    • At this time Pompeys Pillar National Monument and the Interpretive Center are open to the public. However, the trails remain closed due to flooding damage and water hazards. Please pay attention to all closure signs and stay clear of these areas. 

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