Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Free Vessel Checks, Boating Classes Help Get People Prepared For The Boating Season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0345.html Montana may be a land-locked state, but the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is present here, patrolling the state's large bodies of water, towing boats and saving lives. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary work together to promote safe boating in the state. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:55:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0345.html 2016-04-18T20:55:00Z New FWP Access Program Offers Tax Credits to Landowners http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0344.html Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) for enrollment in a new program called Unlocking Public Lands that may qualify a landowner for up to $3,000 in annual tax credits. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:26:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0344.html 2016-02-23T22:26:00Z Public Comment Sought on Navratil Channel Migration Easement http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0343.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MDFWP) invites the public to comment on a proposal to fund the purchase of a perpetual channel migration easement on 89.5 acres in Richland County along the Yellowstone River near Sidney, MT. A channel migration easement (CME) is a conservation easement that includes land bordering a stream or river where the Landowner agrees not to riprap or otherwise stabilize the river bank, thereby allowing the river’s natural erosive processes to continue. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:17:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0343.html 2016-01-12T15:17:00Z FWP Makes Decision for the North Shore WMA Proposed Addition http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0342.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase approximately 76.7 acres of farmland and wetlands located along the north shore of Flathead Lake about 4.5 miles east of the community of Somers. Funding for the project would be provided by Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. The primary purpose of the proposed land acquisition is to protect and manage this land to restore or improve natural riparian/wetland habitats, to continue annual crop production to benefit resident and migratory waterfowl, to improve and maintain habitat for other wildlife, and to provide opportunities for seasonal and compatible public recreation. Other benefits of this project include protecting ground water, surface water, and wetlands on or near Flathead Lake. This will help improve or maintain the high water quality of Flathead Lake to benefit aquatic life as well as fish and wildlife habitat. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:35:07 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0342.html 2015-12-18T23:35:07Z Shooting Range Development Grant Deadline Nears http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0341.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the new deadline to apply for range development grants is Feb.1, 2016. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:47:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0341.html 2015-12-11T16:47:00Z Montana Neighbor Award Nominations Sought http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0340.html Governor Steve Bullock, along with a group of Montana-based organizations, is seeking nominations for the "Montana Neighbor Awards". Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:26:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0340.html 2015-11-16T18:26:00Z Montana State Parks Seeks Public Comment On Hell Creek State Park Master Site/Management Plan http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0339.html Montana State Parks announced today that it is seeking public comment on the Hell Creek State Park Draft Master Site/Management Plan. Public Comments are due by Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 5pm. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:16:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0339.html 2015-10-29T21:16:00Z Beaverhead & Big Hole River Recreation Rules Meetings Set http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0338.html (Bozeman)—Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host two public meetings in October to take comments and questions about the Beaverhead and Big Hole River Recreation Rules. The meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the dates and at the locations which follow: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:40:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0338.html 2015-10-21T17:40:00Z Watercraft Inspection Season Wrap Up http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0337.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks checked more than 36,000 private and commercial boats this season under a state law that requires all motorists hauling watercraft—from trailers with motorboats or inflatable rafts to canoes and kayaks perched atop cars and pick-up trucks—to stop at inspection stations. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:58:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0337.html 2015-10-19T15:58:00Z Watercraft Inspections Season Wrap Up http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0336.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks checked more than 36,000 private and commercial boats this season under a state law that requires all motorists hauling watercraft—from trailers with motorboats or inflatable rafts to canoes and kayaks perched atop cars and pick-up trucks—to stop at inspection stations. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:56:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0336.html 2015-10-16T17:56:00Z FWP Lifts Fire Restrictions in Treasure County http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0335.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Treasure County. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:01:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0335.html 2015-10-06T22:01:00Z Fire Restrictions Lifted for FWP Sites in Northwest Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0334.html Fire Restrictions (Stage I and II) have been rescinded for all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks sites in northwest Montana, including state parks, wildlife management areas, and fishing access sites in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders County, effective immediately. This is consistent with removal of fire restrictions as of today on public lands in the Kalispell Area fire restriction zone (formerly the northwest zone). Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:31:52 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0334.html 2015-10-02T15:31:52Z Murphy Lake Re-opened to Recreation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0333.html Murphy Lake in its entirety, south of Eureka, in Lincoln County, has been re-opened to all boating, motorized and non-motorized use and all recreation. A closure was in place for fire-fighting operations. Murphy Lake is located on the Kootenai National Forest and is adjacent to the Murphy Lake Ranger District headquarters. Contact: FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson, 752-5501 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:30:44 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0333.html 2015-10-02T15:30:44Z New Permits Required for Snowmobile and Off-Highway Vehicle use in Montana -Effective October 1st, 2015 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0332.html Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that changes to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) registration and Snowmobile trail use laws will go into effect on October 1, 2015. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:18:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0332.html 2015-09-23T21:18:00Z Boaters Must Steer Clear Of Scuba Divers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0331.html Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks reminds boaters, anglers and others on the water to be on the lookout for scuba divers. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:40:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0331.html 2015-09-04T21:40:00Z USDA to Invest More Than $700,000 to Increase Recreational Public Access on Private Farm, Ranch, and Forest Lands in Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0330.html The U.S. Department of Agriculture will partner with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to improve and increase wildlife habitat and public access for recreational opportunities on privately-owned and operated ranch lands. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:35:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0330.html 2015-08-18T14:35:00Z FWP Looking for Input in Planning for the Future; Kalispell Listening Session set for August 12 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0329.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is looking for public input on values, needs, and priorities as part of its ’15 & Forward initiative to plan for the next 10 years. FWP has held public listening sessions in communities around the state. The final session will be held in Kalispell on Wednesday, August 12 in the Museum at Central School, in Kalispell. The meeting will run from 6-9 p.m. and refreshments will be provided. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:56:09 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0329.html 2015-08-03T18:56:09Z Stimson Lumber Company Lands Closed to the Public due to Dry Conditions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0328.html Due to high fire danger, Stimson has decided to close their fee lands, including those covered by the Kootenai Lands Conservation Easement in Troy, to the general public until more favorable conditions return to warrant reopening. Stimpson has posted signs at prominent locations around the property and in local establishments around Troy. The closure goes into effect immediately. Contact FWP Game Warden Phil Kilbreath (291-6539) in Troy for more information. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:09:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0328.html 2015-07-21T16:09:00Z FWP Wardens On Alert For Kids Doing Something Right http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0327.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens will be trying to catch young people doing something right this summer. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:20:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0327.html 2015-07-16T16:20:00Z Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP properties in Blaine, Hill Counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0325.html In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine and Hill counties. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:04:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0325.html 2015-07-10T14:04:00Z Additional SW Montana Angling Restrictions Effective Friday (7/10) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0326.html In addition to last week’s “hoot owl” closures on the Jefferson and Big Hole rivers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will also impose “hoot owl” restrictions on a number of southwest Montana rivers as a result of the continued high water temperatures. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0326.html Andrea Jones 2015-07-09T22:44:00Z Fire Restrictions at FWP Properties in Madison & Jefferson Counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0324.html Due to the high level of fire danger, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in Madison and Jefferson Counties will go to Stage 1 fire restrictions on Thursday, July 9. The restrictions apply specifically to FWP Fishing Access Sites, Wildlife Management Areas, and State Parks. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:36:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0324.html Andrea Jones 2015-07-08T21:36:00Z Be Prepared for Fire Danger http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0323.html With hot, dry weather about to bear down on Montana, campers, hikers and anglers need to be prepared to prevent wildfires statewide. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:45:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0323.html 2015-06-30T22:45:00Z No Fireworks at Fish, Wildlife & Parks Sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0322.html Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July Fourth weekend is a great idea—just leave the fireworks at home. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:43:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0322.html 2015-06-30T22:43:00Z New Boat Regulations Booklet Available http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0321.html New Montana Boating Regulations booklets are now available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices and on the FWP website. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:00:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0321.html 2015-06-26T15:00:00Z