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North Shore Wildlife Management Area Proposed Wildlife Viewing Area Draft Environmental Assessment

Development, Improvements, and Enhancements


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking input on a proposal to create a public wildlife viewing area overlooking the 427-acre North Shore Wildlife Management Area southeast of Kalispell. FWP owns and manages the North Shore WMA located in Flathead County, approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell and just north of Flathead Lake. The WMA is a mix of cultivated grain fields, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wooded uplands. The property abuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 1,887-acre Flathead Lake North Shore Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), and together they protect the lake’s longest stretch of undeveloped shoreline and are part of the Audubon-designated Flathead Lake Important Bird Area (IBA). The agricultural land of the WMA is managed for wildlife with leave grain left by contract farmers to provide for the energetic requirements of thousands of waterfowl that use the north shore of Flathead Lake as a stopover on their migration north. Over 100 species of birds have been documented using the WMA, including tens of thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors. FWP proposes building a wildlife viewing area on the northwest corner of the WMA. Construction would include: • Improving a portion of the existing access road from the parking lot to the viewing platform • Potentially widening the parking area to provide space for a bus to turn around • Constructing a 5-ft high, 256 square foot viewing platform of compressed gravel with safety railing • Building fences and planting shrubs to screen the viewing area from wildlife.

Contact Information

Chris Hammond; 490 North Meridian Road Kalispell, MT 59901;

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Thursday, June 13, 2019.