Varney Bridge Replacement Project – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Varney Bridge Replacement Project

I thought back to a day in the late 90’s when I was launching a drift boat for the first time from Varney Bridge while donning my trusty $13.99 straw Cowboy hat bought from street vendor in Santa Fe. The day was warm – the water clean and cold – and we were the only boat on the water; it was 10:00 am in early August. We floated under the bridge, with the assumption being that the world may change, but Varney will always be there as it has since 1897.

Many days later and perhaps too many launches to count, I may have had my last float under the bridge that will always be – in my mind- the type of bridge that should cross a trout stream. Many a trout have found their home under this bridge and next to its piling for well over 100 years and I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few here and there over the years.

Check in with us at our Bozeman fly shop before you head to Varney Bridge this summer for updates and news on expected delays.

The Varney Bridge replacement project is now officially underway with construction scheduled from Mar. 29 – December 2019. The fishing access will remain open with access from the Varney Bridge road off of HWY 287. Temporary, periodic river closures may occur during the construction process. Learn more about the project and how to stay up with the progress on MDT’s “Varney Bridge Replacement Project” website.