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Parts of Heart Butte Dam to be closed

Several recreational areas at Heart Butte Dam will be closed temporarily, officials said.

Reclamation, the largest wholesale water supplier in the U.S., will be taking core samples inside the spillway tunnel as well as installing several observation well, according to a release. Work is expected to begin May 19 and should take up to four weeks.

The area below the dam around the outlet tunnel, including the fishing platform, will be closed. The public will also not be allowed to use the trail crossing the face of the dam to access the south side of the river. Reclamation will fence off the area closed to the public.