Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en 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 New Boat Validation Decals Required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0279.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 expire Feb. 28. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:28:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0279.html 2014-01-31T15:28:00Z FWP Seeks Comment On Fishing Access Site Rules http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0278.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on rules at fishing access sites that identify fees for camping, group use permits, facility rentals, and special recreation permits on the Blackfoot and Madison rivers. No changes are proposed to current rules. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0278.html 2014-01-14T15:29:00Z FWP Seeks Comment on New Option for Wake Regulation Change on Lake Alva http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0277.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment beginning September 5 on an alternative proposal for a watercraft wake regulation on Lake Alva. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0277.html 2013-09-05T16:29:00Z Increased Black Bear Sightings http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0276.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists and game wardens are seeing an increase in black bear activity in southeast Montana and sightings have become more frequent and close to communities. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:56:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0276.html 2013-08-13T19:56:00Z Sportsmen Urged To Continue Fire Awareness http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0275.html Everyone appreciates a safe and fire-free fall hunting experience. The 2013 fall hunting season is a few weeks away and the early archery-hunting season begins mid-August. Landowners and land management agencies are concerned about fire danger despite the recent rains our area has experienced. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:53:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0275.html 2013-08-13T19:53:00Z Firewood Available http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0274.html MILES CITY, Mont. – In early July, a thunderstorm and high winds uprooted cottonwood trees did significant damage to camp sites at Twelve Mile Fishing Access Site south of Miles City. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:11:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0274.html 2013-07-25T17:11:00Z Beware of Fire Danger http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0273.html As summer temperatures heat up, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds everyone who plans to be outdoors to be aware that fire danger is also on the rise. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:42:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0273.html 2013-07-19T21:42:00Z Beware Of Fire Danger http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0272.html As summer temperatures heat up, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds everyone who plans to be outdoors to be aware that fire danger is also on the rise. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:47:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0272.html 2013-07-17T20:47:00Z Otter Attack in West Yellowstone Area http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0271.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking the public to use caution around otters after a confirmed attack on a woman in the Hebgen Basin. The attack occurred Tuesday night near the Madison River Bridge (mile marker four on Highway 191). The woman suffered significant bites to her hand. There is also an unconfirmed report of a male angler being attacked as well later in the evening. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:36:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0271.html 2013-07-10T22:36:00Z