BILLINGS, Mont. -- Montana has re-opened portions of the Yellowstone River but is keeping a popular stretch closed due to a fish-killing parasite.
State officials lifted the closure on all recreational activity on the river downstream of U.S. Highway 89 and some tributaries. That includes more than 100 miles of river between Livingston and Laurel.
Thursday's action also extends the closure along a 51-mile stretch of the Yellowstone in the Paradise Valley. Thousands of mountain whitefish died in the area in recent weeks.
The commission is allowing rafting and some other activities to resume on a 26-mile stretch just north of Yellowstone National Park. Fishing remains banned in that area.
Rafting company owner Mike Barlow in Gardiner says it may be too late to resume the season. He's already canceled trips and sent customers refunds.
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