Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en FWP Delays Release of Madison River Recreation Plan http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0303.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today it will delay the release of an environmental assessment associated with a draft Madison River Recreation Plan given both funding and staffing uncertainties. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:21:27 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0303.html Andrea Jones 2014-09-25T16:21:27Z Stage I Fire restrictions in effect Beginning August 7 in portions of Sanders and Lake Counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0302.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 1 will adopt Stage I Fire Restrictions for all FWP Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management Areas within the following counties and Fire Zone Areas: Northwest Zone: Lake County within the Flathead Indian Reservation; and Sanders County within the Missoula Restriction Zone (Lolo National Forest). Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:49 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0302.html 2014-08-20T17:43:49Z FWP Urges Hunters To Check Fire Status http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0301.html Because some Montana counties may yet adopt emergency fire restrictions, some private landowners and Block Management Area cooperators may be reluctant to make access commitments until the weather begins to cool. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:34:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0301.html 2014-08-15T14:34:00Z Make Fire Safety A Top Priority http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0300.html All early season hunters need to make wildfire prevention a top priority. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:32:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0300.html 2014-08-15T14:32:00Z Be 'Bear Aware' - Tips To Prevent Conflicts With Bears http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0299.html Here are some tips from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to help prepare for bear-safe outings for the rest of the summer. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:55:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0299.html 2014-07-31T16:55:00Z Always 'Inspect - Clean - Dry' Watercraft, Trailers And Fishing Gear http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0298.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourages Montanans and visitors to "inspect, clean, and dry," boats, trailers and fishing gear to "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0298.html 2014-07-31T16:54:00Z Be Prepared For Fire Danger http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0297.html With several Montana counties under official fire restrictions, recreationists need to be prepared to prevent wildfires statewide. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:53:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0297.html 2014-07-31T16:53:00Z Stillwater, Treasure counties added to fire-restricted areas http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0296.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has banned campfires and restricted other fires at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Stillwater and Treasure counties. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:13:47 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0296.html 2014-07-30T19:13:47Z Big Horn County added to list of areas where fires are restricted http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0295.html Big Horn County has been added to the list of areas in south central Montana where campfires are banned in state fishing access sites and wildlife management areas. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:05:01 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0295.html 2014-07-30T12:05:01Z Watercraft Inspection Required by Law http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0294.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to remind people that all watercraft are required by state law to stop at aquatic invasive species (AIS) check stations. This doesn’t just mean just motorized boats. Non-motorized craft including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and rafts must also stop. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:35:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0294.html 2014-07-24T16:35:40Z SIDEBAR: Montana Law Regarding Transporting Live Fish http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0293.html Anglers need to be aware of the laws regarding the transport of live fish, which varies by fishing district. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:05:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0293.html 2014-07-23T18:05:00Z FWP Roadside Check Stations Find Illegal Live Fish In Boats http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0292.html At least nine trailered boats checked recently at Montana's roadside watercraft inspection stations have been found to be transporting live fish, which is illegal in Montana's Western and Central Fishing Districts. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:03:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0292.html 2014-07-23T18:03:00Z Know The 'No-Wake' Rules http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0291.html If you recreate on the water, it is your responsibility to know and understand the "no-wake" rules in effect on Montana waters. That includes operators of personal watercraft. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:14:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0291.html 2014-06-27T17:14:00Z New Boat Validation Decals Required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0290.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2014-2017 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current orange decals expired Feb. 28. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:10:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0290.html 2014-06-27T17:10:00Z FWP Offers Boating Safety Course http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0289.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds boat operators to take a boating safety course. FWP’s boat education program includes a home-study course or on-line education course for motorboat and personal watercraft operators. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:08:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0289.html 2014-06-27T17:08:00Z Boating Safety Is As Easy As 1-2-3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0288.html As the summer boating season begins, FWP urges all boaters to follow three basic rules on the water: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0288.html 2014-06-27T17:05:00Z How To Share The River http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0287.html Montana's welcoming summer waters annually draw anglers, hikers, wildlife viewers, campers, floaters and boaters into the outdoors. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0287.html 2014-06-26T20:34:00Z Keep Safe On The Water This Summer http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0286.html Summer days on the water with family and friends are ahead. Here’s a primer on how to keep those days safe and fun for the entire crew. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:31:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0286.html 2014-06-26T20:31:00Z Old Steel Bridge and Kokanee Bend Fishing Access Sites Re-opened on the Flathead River near Kalispell http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0285.html The Old Steel Bridge and Kokanee Bend Fishing access sites on the Flathead River have been reopened. Both are located in Flathead County. They had been closed due to flooding, but the waters have receded. FWP continues to urge caution if venturing on or near rivers during high water. For updates, visit fwp.mt.gov and choose “restrictions and closures.” Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:32:30 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0285.html 2014-06-10T19:32:30Z High Water Is Dangerous For All Boaters--Be Prepared Or Don't Go! http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0284.html Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision. Wed, 28 May 2014 22:10:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0284.html 2014-05-28T22:10:00Z Shooting Range Development Grant Deadline Nears http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0282.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the deadline to apply for range development grants is May 1. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:47:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0282.html 2014-04-11T19:47:00Z REMINDER: Whitefish River Boating Restrictions Public Meeting Set for April 10 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0281.html The Whitefish River currently has a no wake restriction from the outlet of Whitefish Lake to the JP Bridge. This amendment would further restrict the river as follows: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:13:25 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0281.html 2014-04-08T17:13:25Z New Boat Validation Decals Required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0280.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, and free 2014-2017 blue validation decals for their watercraft. The old orange decals expired Feb. 28. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:34:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0280.html 2014-03-21T14:34:00Z Dangerous River Conditions: Fishing Access Sites Closed http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0264.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in cooperation with local authorities recently closed all Fishing Access Sites (FAS) along the Yellowstone River, from Glendive downstream to the North Dakota border due to dangerous conditions caused by extreme flooding and ice jams lodged on shore. This closure includes Black Bridge, Stipek, Intake (lower portion), Elk Island, Seven Sisters, Diamond Willow and Sidney Bridge Fishing Access Sites. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0264.html 2014-03-14T16:44:00Z New Boat Validation Decals Required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0263.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2014-2017 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current orange decals expired Feb. 28. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:08:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0263.html 2014-03-07T19:08:00Z