Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Donation helps Forsyth Fishing Access Site Anglers and others who use East Rosebud Fising Access Site in Forsyth will benefit from a generous private donation toward road improvements at the site. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:59:00 GMT Marla Prell 2016-06-24T16:59:00Z Boat owners need validation decals Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wants to remind motorboat, sailboat or personal watercraft owners that they must have the Montana Boat Validation decals properly displayed on their watercraft. Boaters who have permanently registered their boats, sailboats, or PWC must obtain two free boat validation decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices, or by going to the FWP website at; click Boat Validation Decals. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:29:00 GMT 2016-06-21T14:29:00Z New AIS rules in place for Montana recreationists Boaters in Montana have a couple of new rules to abide by this summer geared toward fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:22:00 GMT 2016-06-21T14:22:00Z Free fishing for Father's Day weekend June 18-19 Whether you’re tying on a salmonfly or threading a night crawler onto a hook, on Saturday and Sunday, everyone in Montana can fish for free. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:46:00 GMT 2016-06-14T22:46:00Z As Summer Temps Rise, So Does Fire Danger Much of Region 7 has been blessed with good spring moisture; however, with temperatures expected to climb into the 90s this week and to remain there over the weekend, conditions can change quickly. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:06:00 GMT Marla Prell 2016-06-08T15:06:00Z Reminder, stop at AIS inspection stations As the summer recreation season gets underway, water enthusiasts around the state need to remember to do their part in keeping Montana’s waters free from aquatic invasive species. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:07:00 GMT 2016-06-07T16:07:00Z National safe boating week, May 21-27, reminder for boaters to always 'wear it!' Wearing a life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for safe boating. Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water, during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 21-27, 2016. Wed, 25 May 2016 15:30:00 GMT 2016-05-25T15:30:00Z High water is dangerous for all boaters - be prepared or don't go! Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision. Tue, 17 May 2016 15:36:00 GMT 2016-05-17T15:36:00Z Firewood Cutting to be Allowed by Permit on Mt. Haggin WMA Free firewood cutting for personal use will be allowed by permit in designated areas on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda from noon on May 15 through Nov. 30, 2016. Wed, 11 May 2016 15:07:13 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-05-11T15:07:13Z Free Vessel Checks, Boating Classes Help Get People Prepared For The Boating Season 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 2016-04-18T20:55:00Z New FWP Access Program Offers Tax Credits to Landowners 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 2016-02-23T22:26:00Z Public Comment Sought on Navratil Channel Migration Easement 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 2016-01-12T15:17:00Z FWP Makes Decision for the North Shore WMA Proposed Addition 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 2015-12-18T23:35:07Z Shooting Range Development Grant Deadline Nears 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 2015-12-11T16:47:00Z Montana Neighbor Award Nominations Sought 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 2015-11-16T18:26:00Z Montana State Parks Seeks Public Comment On Hell Creek State Park Master Site/Management Plan 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 2015-10-29T21:16:00Z Beaverhead & Big Hole River Recreation Rules Meetings Set (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 2015-10-21T17:40:00Z Watercraft Inspection Season Wrap Up 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 2015-10-19T15:58:00Z Watercraft Inspections Season Wrap Up 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 2015-10-16T17:56:00Z FWP Lifts Fire Restrictions in Treasure County 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 2015-10-06T22:01:00Z Fire Restrictions Lifted for FWP Sites in Northwest Montana 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 2015-10-02T15:31:52Z Murphy Lake Re-opened to Recreation 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 2015-10-02T15:30:44Z New Permits Required for Snowmobile and Off-Highway Vehicle use in Montana -Effective October 1st, 2015 Montana State Parks ( 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 2015-09-23T21:18:00Z Boaters Must Steer Clear Of Scuba Divers 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 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 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 2015-08-18T14:35:00Z