Montana law allows the public to make recreational use of rivers and streams between the ordinary high-water marks. Anglers can wade in a stream, walk along the streambank below the high-water mark, or float fish on any waters large enough to carry a boat. However, the law does not give recreationists the right to enter private lands bordering streams or to cross private lands to gain access to streams.
The success of the stream access law depends on recreationists and landowners cooperating on a basis of mutual understanding and respect for private property rights.
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