Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Land Proposal Scoping Notice for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0402.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is working with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to conserve twenty-one sections (approximately 13,398 acres) of Weyerhaeuser property located northwest of Whitefish, Montana, that we refer to as the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project. The proposal entails TPL purchasing the entire property from Weyerhaeuser. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) would provide funding for the purchase of five of the sections (approx. 3,180 acres) and would retain a perpetual conservation easement on the land to conserve important native fish habitat within the Swift Creek watershed. FWP is proposing to purchase a perpetual conservation easement (CE) from TPL on the remaining sixteen sections (approx. 10,218 acres) of land using a variety of funding sources. The purpose of the FWP-held easement would be to protect critical wildlife habitat in perpetuity, continue sustainable commercial forest management, and prevent development of the property. Public recreational access would continue under the terms of the proposed conservation easement in a manner similar to current allowed uses. Thu, 25 May 2017 16:48:57 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0402.html 2017-05-25T16:48:57Z Do I need inspected? http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0401.html Confused about whether or not you need to get your watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species? Don’t worry, this year in Montana the answer is simpler than you might think. Wed, 24 May 2017 14:41:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0401.html 2017-05-24T14:41:00Z Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but be safe, know the rules and Clean Drain Dry http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0400.html Memorial Day in Montana is the unofficial start to summer and as boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state, they need to keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species. Wed, 24 May 2017 14:39:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0400.html 2017-05-24T14:39:00Z High water is dangerous for all boaters - be prepared or don't go! http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0399.html Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision. Tue, 23 May 2017 15:07:53 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0399.html 2017-05-23T15:07:53Z FWP encourages folks to "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" May 19 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0398.html This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is supporting “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day on Friday, May 19. FWP joins boating professionals and enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work. Tue, 16 May 2017 19:04:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0398.html 2017-05-16T19:04:00Z FWP encourages folks to "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" May 19 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0397.html This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is supporting “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day on Friday, May 19. FWP joins boating professionals and enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work. Mon, 15 May 2017 20:06:35 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0397.html 2017-05-15T20:06:35Z Reminders for shed hunters: WMAs are closed, be bear aware http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0396.html With the arrival of spring and melting snow, shed hunters take to the hills in search of cherished shed elk and deer antlers. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:49:38 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0396.html 2017-04-24T21:49:38Z Mountain biking in grizzly country, be prepared http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0395.html Imagine you’re riding hard down a mountain trail. The thrill of the tight trees, narrow trail and fast speed is undeniable and invigorating. As the trail you’re on weaves around a thicket of alder and huckleberries there’s a sow grizzly and two small cubs. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:47:01 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0395.html 2017-04-24T21:47:01Z High water is dangerous for all boaters - be prepared or don't go http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0394.html Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:24:45 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0394.html 2017-04-18T22:24:45Z Mussel Alert and Boater Program Talks Set for Havre on April 12 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0393.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will host an open house in Havre on April 12 to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and Local Boater program certification. The open house will also focus on Montana’s plan to detect, contain, and prevent the spread of invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species, and will go over new rules regarding transportation of aquatic bait (such as minnows and leeches). Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:39:46 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0393.html Marc Kloker 2017-04-11T22:39:46Z FWP to close main road to Grant Marsh FAS due to highwater http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0392.html With current and forecasted highwater conditions in the Bighorn River and the growing potential for road erosion and safety concerns, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is closing the main access road to Grant Marsh Fishing Access Site boat ramp effective Monday morning. Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:59:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0392.html 2017-04-06T16:59:00Z FWP implements new permitting process for training dogs in the open field http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0391.html A permitting system is now available through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to allow people to train hunting dogs in open fields and in proximity to wild nesting birds. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:52:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0391.html 2017-04-03T20:52:00Z Birding/Outdoor group takes wing http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0390.html Even though it wasn’t officially spring yet, about 15 members of the fledgling Birding/Outdoor Group were in Miles City’s Wibaux Park March 16 trying to catch a glimpse of some birds. Enthusiasm levels were high, binoculars were at the ready, and there were a few species spotted. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:10:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0390.html 2017-03-31T14:10:00Z Education Reception to Focus on Invasive Species at State Capitol April 3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0389.html An educational event to spread awareness about the risks and impacts invasive species pose to Montana’s waters and lands will be held Monday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montana State Capitol rotunda in Helena. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:29:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0389.html 2017-03-29T21:29:56Z Mussel Alert and Boater Program Talks Set for North Central Montana http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0388.html The Joint Mussel Response Team will host open houses in April at eight towns in north central Montana to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:29:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0388.html 2017-03-29T21:29:08Z Mussel Alert and Local Boater Program Talks Set for Townsend, Bozeman and Butte http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0387.html The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team will host open houses next week in Townsend, Bozeman and Butte to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:51:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0387.html 2017-03-28T20:51:00Z Mussel Alert and Local Boater Program Talks Set for Townsend, Bozeman and Butte http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0386.html The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team will host open houses next week in Townsend, Bozeman and Butte to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:43:38 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0386.html 2017-03-28T18:43:38Z Commission approves rule on boat ramps at suspect mussel sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0385.html On Wednesday following a teleconference, the Fish & Wildlife Commission approved an annual rule restricting the launch and exit of motorized boats on waters designated by FWP as suspect or positive for invasive mussels. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0385.html 2017-03-27T19:29:00Z Reminders for shed hunters: WMAs are closed, be bear aware http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0384.html With the arrival of spring and melting snow, shed hunters take to the hills in search of cherished shed elk and deer antlers. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:37:05 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0384.html 2017-03-27T18:37:05Z FWP opens two ramps on Canyon Ferry for weekend boating http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0383.html Boaters heading to Canyon Ferry Reservoir this weekend will find two open ramps with decontamination stations. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:20:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0383.html 2017-03-24T22:20:32Z Get ready for boating season, take a boater ed course http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0382.html The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourage boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:20:01 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0382.html 2017-03-21T20:20:01Z Commission to hold Wednesday teleconference on Canyon Ferry, Tiber rules http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0381.html The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a special teleconference meeting on Wednesday, March 22 to consider special watercraft rules at Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoirs. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:13:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0381.html 2017-03-20T22:13:00Z FWP Set to Inspect Watercraft at Canyon Ferry Reservoir at Silos Boat Launch http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0380.html The Joint Montana Mussel Response Implementation Team today announced that watercraft inspectors will be at the Silos boat launch north of Townsend on Canyon Ferry Reservoir beginning this weekend. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:41:19 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0380.html 2017-03-17T21:41:19Z Mussel Alert Plan and Local Boater Program at Montana WILD March 27 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0379.html The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team will host an open house at Montana WILD in Helena on March 27 to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:33:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0379.html 2017-03-17T21:33:40Z New Boat Decals Required this Season http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0378.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The blue validation decals expired Feb. 28. Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:03:08 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0378.html 2017-03-07T17:03:08Z