Stream Access

Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte is pressuring local TV stations to stop running an ad that he says falsely calls him "a millionaire from New Jersey."

Montana’s gubernatorial candidates sparred over several issues, including stream access and Syrian war refugees, during their first debate. Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte squared off Sunday in Big Sky. Watch and listen to the debate below.

U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte at January 2016 campaign rally in Helena during his run for governor.
Corin Cates-Carney

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte launched a new radio ad today. The 60-second spot returns fire Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s campaign has aimed at him related to a public fishing access easement on Gianforte’s Bozeman property.

Gov. Steve Bullock (file photo)
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock is stepping up his attack on his Republican opponent Greg Gianforte over a lawsuit involving stream access filed in 2009. In this interview, MTPR’s Corin Cates-Carney presses Bullock on whether he’s making a mountain out of a molehill.

Stream Access Primer

Jul 11, 2014
Man fishing in the Yellowstone River.
Flickr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

Now that the rivers have fallen, summer is heating up and recreationists are hitting the state’s streams and rivers in force, it’s not a bad time to review exactly what is legal and what isn’t regarding recreational access to the state’s waters. When the public hews to the law it better ensures that inevitable and tiresome attacks on Montana’s stream access laws by legislators, non-resident landowners and so-called free-market think tanks will continue to fail miserably.