Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en ‘The New Bear Aware’ and ‘Why We Don’t Call It Spelunking’ programs to be held at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0565.html Whitehall – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host a weekend of free programs, with offerings on Friday, July 10, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:29:21 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0565.html 2020-06-30T22:29:21Z No fireworks on FWP property including fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0564.html Visiting a Montana fishing access site on July 4 is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:22:15 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0564.html 2020-06-30T22:22:15Z Northern goshawks and underground history programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0563.html Whitehall – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host two free presentations this weekend. “The Private Lives of Northern Goshawks – Montana’s Elusive Mountain Hawk” and “Underground History.” Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:21:30 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0563.html 2020-06-30T22:21:30Z Lewis & Clark Caverns now open daily by reservation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0562.html Whitehall – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park announced the caverns will open for daily tours, by reservation. This comes after several weeks of operating only four days per week. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:20:35 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0562.html 2020-06-30T22:20:35Z Camper bitten in possible bear incident in Gallatin County http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0561.html Bozeman — A woman was bitten by what investigators believe to be a bear while camping last week in Beehive Basin just northwest of Big Sky. Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:49:33 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0561.html 2020-06-16T17:49:33Z What you should know while recreating in goat country http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0560.html Bozeman — Mountain goats live in some of the most remote and precipitous terrain in North America. The challenge and beauty of these places also draw recreationists, who often encounter goats along the way. What people do in these encounters matters, not just for their own safety, but for the health and wildness of the goats. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:30:52 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0560.html 2020-06-15T21:30:52Z FWP closes trail in Blackleaf WMA due to bear activity http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0559.html Bozeman, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has temporarily closed the Muddy Creek Falls Trail in the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area due to bear activity. Thu, 11 Jun 2020 21:39:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0559.html 2020-06-11T21:39:40Z FWP discourages littering, dumping at sites; fire safety stressed http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0558.html Many fishing access sites and other sites administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have seen increased use this spring as people enjoy the outdoors in the midst of COVID-19. FWP encourages people to get outside but urges all recreationists to be good stewards of these sites. They belong to everyone and are maintained through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Tue, 09 Jun 2020 19:42:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0558.html 2020-06-09T19:42:06Z High, swift water conditions create risks for recreationists http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0557.html The tragic drowning of a Great Falls man who was swimming in Belt Creek near the Sluice Boxes area on Wednesday is a good reminder for swimmers, boaters, floaters and anglers to use caution in and near the water. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:44:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0557.html 2020-06-05T16:44:08Z Bannack State Park to reopen with limited services http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0554.html Bozeman — Bannack State Park will reopen on May 22 with limited services for visitors. Thu, 21 May 2020 22:35:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0554.html 2020-05-21T22:35:32Z Ballast boats need extra attention to stop AIS http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0555.html Boat owners transporting watercraft with ballast tanks will undergo additional cleaning at watercraft inspection stations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Thu, 21 May 2020 22:32:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0555.html 2020-05-21T22:32:40Z New AIS rules for nonresident boaters and anglers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0556.html Nonresident boaters and anglers will see new aquatic invasive species rules when they visit Montana this year. Thu, 21 May 2020 22:31:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0556.html 2020-05-21T22:31:17Z FWP dedicated to protecting Montana’s waterways http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0553.html Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer in Montana, and as boaters venture out to our rivers and lakes, please keep in mind the rules aimed at protecting our waters and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Thu, 21 May 2020 22:23:04 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0553.html 2020-05-21T22:23:04Z Lost Creek State Park opened to camping May 15 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0552.html Anaconda – Lost Creek State Park will open its gate for full camping and road use Friday, May 15. The snow on the park road has nearly cleared off and just small maintenance tasks were completed by Friday. Tue, 19 May 2020 14:22:43 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0552.html 2020-05-19T14:22:43Z Boaters: Stay safe on the water http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0551.html When spring is in the air, snowmelt creates high water in our streams and rivers. You might want to get out there in your boat, but high water can be deadly when conditions are too extreme for safe boating. Tue, 12 May 2020 14:29:39 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0551.html 2020-05-12T14:29:39Z Coal Creek Conservation Easement finalized, securing considerable public access http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0550.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has completed the 10,072-acre Coal Creek Conservation Easement in Custer and Prairie counties. Mon, 11 May 2020 17:03:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0550.html 2020-05-11T17:03:00Z Smith River floaters should prepare for protocol changes http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0549.html The Smith River float season started a few weeks late this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with spring finally coming on strong in Montana, floaters can expect a great experience. Wed, 06 May 2020 22:40:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0549.html 2020-05-06T22:40:36Z Brush Lake State Park to remain closed until May 15 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0548.html Glasgow — Brush Lake State Park, Region 6’s only state park, is not yet open for day-use or camping, and will remain closed through May 14, opening on May 15. Normally, the park is open May 1-Nov. 1. The gate into the park is signed and locked at this time. Wed, 06 May 2020 22:39:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0548.html 2020-05-06T22:39:56Z Smith River floating season to begin May 5 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0547.html With all the uncertainty around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those lucky enough to have drawn a Smith River permit can look forward to getting away from it all with the kick-off of the Smith River floating season May 5. Fri, 01 May 2020 20:33:17 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0547.html 2020-05-01T20:33:17Z Know the phases of cold water immersion http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0546.html With ice coming off Montana’s lakes and rivers it’s important to remember that cold water can be deadly. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:19:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0546.html 2020-03-16T14:19:00Z OHV operators must purchase trail pass http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0545.html Montana residents who are off-highway vehicle operators are required to purchase a Resident OHV Trail Pass. The pass, which costs $20, can be purchased from many local vendors or online at http://stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/ohvProgram.html. The pass is required on all public lands where Montana residents ride OHVs on designated motorized routes and trails. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:06:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0545.html 2020-03-11T15:06:00Z OHV operators must purchase trail pass http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0544.html Montana residents who are off-highway vehicle operators are required to purchase a Resident OHV Trail Pass. The pass, which costs $20, can be purchased from many local vendors or online. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 21:15:53 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0544.html 2020-03-09T21:15:53Z State agencies finalizing changes to boating access on Flathead Lake http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0543.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is not renewing its lease with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the Elmo Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake. Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:42:23 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0543.html 2020-03-04T20:42:23Z License year set to begin March 1, here’s what you need to know http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0542.html 2020 Montana hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale starting Sunday, March 1 at 5 a.m., and this year people will see some changes to how they can buy general licenses and apply for special (limited draw) licenses and permits. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:57:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0542.html 2020-02-27T20:57:00Z License year set to begin March 1, here’s what you need to know http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0541.html 2020 Montana hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale starting Sunday, March 1 at 5 a.m., and this year people will see some changes to how they can buy general licenses and apply for special (limited draw) licenses and permits. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 21:07:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0541.html 2020-02-26T21:07:00Z