Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Boat Validation Decals Still Available Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft who still need to get their free 2014-2017 validation decals for their watercraft can get them online from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:17:00 GMT 2015-03-06T16:17:00Z Shooting Range Development Grant Deadline May 1 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the deadline to apply for range development grants is May 1. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:33:00 GMT 2015-02-20T15:33:00Z Ice Fishing Safety Reminders While ice fishing is a popular outdoor sport in Montana this time of year, anglers must be aware of local conditions that can impact the stability of the ice from one day to the next. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:53:00 GMT 2015-02-13T15:53:00Z New Snowfall Could Trigger Avalanche Danger Traditional winter snows heading to Montana over the coming weeks and months will likely be accompanied by avalanche danger due to fresh and unstable snow. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:32:00 GMT 2015-02-13T15:32:00Z Fish & Wildlife Commission Seeks Comment On Outfitter Payment Rules Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on changes to rules that govern how outfitters are paid by their clients when conducting commercial use on FWP land. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:16:00 GMT Cathy Stewart 2014-11-18T20:16:00Z Fall Reconstruction Complete at Black Bridge FAS Long awaited latrine replacement and additional road work at Black Bridge Fishing Access Site near Glendive has been completed. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:46:00 GMT Cathy Stewart 2014-10-23T18:46:00Z FWP Delays Release of Madison River Recreation Plan 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 Andrea Jones 2014-09-25T16:21:27Z Stage I Fire restrictions in effect Beginning August 7 in portions of Sanders and Lake Counties 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 2014-08-20T17:43:49Z FWP Urges Hunters To Check Fire Status 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 2014-08-15T14:34:00Z Make Fire Safety A Top Priority All early season hunters need to make wildfire prevention a top priority. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:32:00 GMT 2014-08-15T14:32:00Z Be 'Bear Aware' - Tips To Prevent Conflicts With Bears 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 2014-07-31T16:55:00Z Always 'Inspect - Clean - Dry' Watercraft, Trailers And Fishing Gear 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 2014-07-31T16:54:00Z Be Prepared For Fire Danger 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 2014-07-31T16:53:00Z Stillwater, Treasure counties added to fire-restricted areas 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 2014-07-30T19:13:47Z Big Horn County added to list of areas where fires are restricted 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 2014-07-30T12:05:01Z Watercraft Inspection Required by Law 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 2014-07-24T16:35:40Z SIDEBAR: Montana Law Regarding Transporting Live Fish 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 2014-07-23T18:05:00Z FWP Roadside Check Stations Find Illegal Live Fish In Boats 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 2014-07-23T18:03:00Z Know The 'No-Wake' Rules 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 2014-06-27T17:14:00Z New Boat Validation Decals Required 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 2014-06-27T17:10:00Z FWP Offers Boating Safety Course 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 2014-06-27T17:08:00Z Boating Safety Is As Easy As 1-2-3 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 2014-06-27T17:05:00Z How To Share The River 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 2014-06-26T20:34:00Z Keep Safe On The Water This Summer 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 2014-06-26T20:31:00Z Old Steel Bridge and Kokanee Bend Fishing Access Sites Re-opened on the Flathead River near Kalispell 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 and choose “restrictions and closures.” Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:32:30 GMT 2014-06-10T19:32:30Z