TURAH, Mont. -

On Wednesday, Montana state officials, anglers and general community members gathered at the Turah fishing access site east of Missoula to celebrate the opening of a 2.5-mile stretch of the Clark Fork River. The area had been closed off to through river traffic, for more than 100 years.

The Milltown dam had blocked it, and then crews had to spend time cleaning up contaminated sediments and doing restoration work.

Now boaters can go from Butte through Missoula on the river.

“People will be able to enjoy more of Montana…That’s what we want to be able to give to Montana, is allow our citizens and our visitors  to experience our rivers, our streams and our lakes,” said Lieutenant Governor John Walsh.