GLENDIVE, Mont. – Construction on portions related to the Lower Yellowstone project is still ongoing in the area. Joe’s Island is expected to remain closed to the public through the Fall and Winter of 2022 when all construction related activities are scheduled to be complete.
“For safety reasons, recreationists and other members of the public should avoid the area, which is still an active construction zone,” Ryan Newman, Montana Area Manager said. “When the island is re-opened, we will issue a public notice.”
Contractors are still present on Joe’s Island to address several areas of erosion and to fix the main access road on the east side of the bypass channel. All work along Highway 16, the Canal Road, and in the Intake FAS area on the north side of the Yellowstone River is complete.
The Lower Yellowstone Project is a 58,000-acre irrigation project located in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. The project is operated and maintained by the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation District Board of Control under contract with Reclamation. The project includes the intake diversion dam, a screened headworks structure, 71 miles of main canal, 225 miles of laterals and 118 miles of drains, three pumping plants on the main canal, four supplemental pumps on the Yellowstone River and one supplemental pump on the Missouri River.