Re: I need a primer on Montana wading access laws
Excerpt from the 2010 Montana fishing regulations book, page 8:
Montana Stream Access Law
Under the Montana Stream Access Law, the public may use rivers and streams for recreational purposes up to the ordinary high water marks. Although the law gives recreationists the right to use rivers and streams for water-related recreation, it does not give them the right to enter private lands bordering those streams or to cross private lands to gain access to streams without landowner permission. FWP recommends that recreationists obtain landowner permission to cross private land to access a stream. Complete rules are available at any FWP office.
A good description of the access process via public land or easement complete with diagrams may be found in the Idaho fishing regulations book.