River levels are up across southwest Montana, but may not be for much longer.
"Since we are so close to our peaks on the Gallatin and Yellowstone and most likely we've already reached our peaks in the Madison and Jefferson. We're probably not going to see what we saw last year without significant precipitation," said Brian Domonkos, a water supply specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
This years snowpack is much closer to average and a mix of warm and cool temperatures this spring have helped control run-off and flooding.
That has water specialists predicting average river levels into the spring and summer.
"Snowpack is a large driving factor in that, particularly this year where we haven't had much spring precipitation. Last year a lot of the spring precipitation helped along with snow melt to drive river peaks," Domonkos said.
That's good news for people who make their living off the river, like river guides and fly shops.
"Years like last year when we have lots of high water, it impacts our business because there's nowhere to fish and then on the flipside of that if we have too low of water and things get closed then that also impacts our business," said Steve Summerhill, the co-owner of The Rivers Edge Fly Shop.
Summerhill says many customers have told him local streams are already coming into shape, and that unlike last year, when fishing wasn't possible until late July, this year could offer more peak fishing during the summer months.
"Which for us means that we can fish a lot longer during the summer months and there's a lot more fishable water," he said.
To check out the Natural Resources Conservation Service's river and snowpack reports you can visit their website by clicking here.