Forest Temporarily Closes Willow Creek Road

Release Date: Jun 14, 2017  

Contact(s): Tod McKay, (406) 363-7122


Hamilton, Montana – The Stevensville Ranger District has temporarily closed Willow Creek Roads #364 and #969 east of Corvallis following several slides that has covered the road with mud, rocks and debris.  The slides occurred yesterday and were likely triggered by localized, heavy rainfall from this week’s storms.  

The known slides are located near the junction with Butterfly Road below the Willow Creek trailhead.  Forest crews have placed barricades across the road to prevent entry into the area.

Bitterroot National Forest road crews began clearing debris from the road today.  Engineers are reviewing the area to determine the extent of the damage and necessary work needed to repair the roads which will remain closed until further notice. 

Numerous weather stations on the forest including Sawmill Creek, Deer Mountain and Tepee Point all received more than 2 inches of rainfall from this week’s storms.  The Gird Point station east of Hamilton off Skalkaho Road received a record 3.7” of precipitation in a 48-hour period.

The Montana Department of Transportation has closed Skalkaho Pass (State Highway 38) between milepost 15 to 36 due to water on the roadway and soft shoulders.   Skalkaho Falls is not accessible at this time due to the closure.  For the latest information visit www.mdt.mt.gov or dial 511.  

Due to potential rutting and culvert washouts from the recent rains, the Bitterroot National Forest recommends being extra cautious when driving roads anywhere on the forest, but especially in the Sapphire Mountains where the heaviest rains occurred.

Notify your local Forest Service office of any road damage, downed trees, plugged culverts or flooding conditions on Forest Service roads. 

For more information contact the Stevensville Ranger District at (406) 777-5461. Stay in touch with us through www.facebook.com/DiscoverBitterrootNF  and www.twitter.com/BitterrootNF.