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Agreement developed to keep Elmo fishing access open

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News from DNRC and Lake County Commission

LAKE COUNTY – The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Lake County Commission have reached an agreement to enter into a temporary license that will maintain public access to the Elmo Fishing Access site on Flathead Lake.

Lake County commissioners were unanimous in their approval to enter into a license agreement with the DNRC for $10,800 per year with a two percent annual increase. The five-year agreement period will keep the facility open while the county pursues a permanent solution for the site.

“We’re very pleased that the county was willing and able to work out a deal to keep this fishing access operational for the public,” said Dave Poukish, manager of DNRC’s Kalispell Unit. “Elmo has been a popular site for many years.”

Located on less than two acres of state trust lands, the Elmo Fishing Access and boat launch site was managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for several decades. Budgetary constraints led FWP to terminate its lease with DNRC in January of this year. 


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