Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project - Closure of the Sourdough/Bozeman Creek Trail (FS #454/#979)

Release Date: Oct 15, 2021

Contact(s): Marna Daley, 406-570-5526

Bozeman, MT (October 15th, 2021)— Implementation of the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project (BMWP) continues, including road maintenance, temporary road construction, mechanical treatments (logging), and hauling operations.  The project is located south of Bozeman in portions of the Hyalite and Bozeman Creek watersheds.  The BMWP is a cooperative effort between the Custer Gallatin National Forest and the City of Bozeman. 
Sourdough/Bozeman Creek Trail (FS Trail #454/#979) is closed to all uses (including foot traffic) from the Sourdough Trailhead to the juncture with Moser Cutoff Trail (FS #461) until November 8th, 2021.  The closure is necessary to address public safety concerns while ground based and helicopter logging, and hauling activities take place.    
“We are asking the public to respect the closure and refrain from using the trail until operations are complete,” said Corey Lewellen, Bozeman District Ranger.  “We do apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but this short-term closure is necessary for public health and safety, which is always our top priority.”
The Hyalite and Bozeman Creek drainages provide over 80% of the municipal water supply for the Bozeman community. Goals of the BMWP are to reduce the risk of severe and extensive wildfire, limit the amount of sediment and ash entering the water treatment facilities in the event of a fire, and increase public and firefighter safety while reducing risk of wildfire spread onto National Forest lands and bordering private lands.
“We are excited to be implementing this collaborative project with the City of Bozeman and are grateful for the continued community and partner support. This important fuel reduction project helps ensure a high-quality and predictable water supply for the Bozeman community,” continued Lewellen. 
For more information on the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project, updates on ongoing implementation activities, and additional resources visit  To contact the City of Bozeman or the Custer Gallatin National Forest submit a question via Additional information can also be found on Facebook at CusterGallatinNationalForest or by contacting the Bozeman Ranger District at 406-522-2520.