Explore one of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park's Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), Fishing Access Sites (FAS), or State Parks in the montane forest. You can visit one of the sites we have highlighted or search for all of the lands in the montane forest.
In 1940, the Judith River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was Montana’s first property to be purchased with sportsmen and women’s dollars for the direct benefit of big game. The gently rolling slopes, ridges, fields, and benches of this WMA range in elevation from 5,000' to 7,000'. The annual precipitation is from 12" to 18" and the "Chinook" winds of the winter months provide warming spells that help melt the snow and keep plants available for area wildlife.
Location: Located in Judith Basin County, approximately 11 miles southwest of Utica at the east end of the Little Belt Mountains.
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Thompson Chain of Lakes (TCL) is a complex of lakes covering approximately 3,000 acres and stretching over 20 miles along Highway 2, halfway between Kalispell and Libby. TCL includes shoreline access to 18 lakes, including McGregor Lake, Little McGregor, Middle Thompson Lake, Upper Thompson Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Loon Lake.
Location: Located on Thompson Lake, Middle.
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The spectacular gray limestone cliffs and pink and white granite formations rise 1,200' above the canyon floor. Take a short hike to Lost Creek Falls cascading over a 50' drop to provide one of the most popular spots in the park. The Forest Service trail winds for several miles along Lost Creek through forests and meadows with great views of the surrounding mountains. Wildlife, especially mountain goats and bighorn sheep, are frequently seen on the cliffs above.
Location: Located just a few miles northwest of Anaconda.
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