Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recreation News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/recreation/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en All 11 counties in Miles City Fire District to be under fire restrictions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0419.html By the end of this week, all 11 counties in the Miles City Fire District will be under at least Stage I fire restrictions, banning campfires, smoking and other activities in all but a handful of exempted areas. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:26:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0419.html Marla Prell 2017-07-20T19:26:00Z Be aware of fire restrictions on FWP lands http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0418.html As summer temperatures heat up around Montana and parts of the state suffer from summer drought, fire restrictions are going into effect on many Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks properties. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:18:16 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0418.html 2017-07-18T18:18:16Z Watercraft users MUST stop at AIS inspection stations every time, even if they have already been inspected http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0417.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens would like to remind watercraft users that they must stop every time they pass an AIS inspection station, even if they have previously been inspected. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:07:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0417.html 2017-07-13T17:07:00Z FWP restricts campfires at sites in Stillwater, Big Horn counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0416.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will ban campfires and restrict smoking and other activities on its fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Stillwater and Big Horn counties starting Friday, July 7, 2017, because of wildfire danger. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:51:40 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0416.html 2017-07-06T22:51:40Z FWP reminds recreators to keep safe around water http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0415.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials want to remind families who are enjoying Montana’s waterways to keep safety in mind. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:02:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0415.html 2017-07-06T19:02:00Z FWP reminds recreators to keep safe around water http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0414.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials want to remind families who are enjoying Montana’s waterways to keep safety in mind. Montana’s many rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer great opportunities to enjoy some summer fun. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:04:49 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0414.html 2017-07-06T15:04:49Z Stand-up paddleboards have safety equipment requirements, like other vessels http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0413.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboard (SUPs) that a life jacket is required to be on board. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0413.html 2017-06-27T19:29:00Z No fireworks on FWP property including fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0412.html Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July 4th is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:25:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0412.html 2017-06-27T19:25:00Z Stand-up paddleboards have safety equipment requirements, like other vessels http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0411.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboard (SUPs) that a life jacket is required to be on board. The use of SUPs has exploded in Montana over the past few years. The vessels are fun, easy-to-use and have equipment requirements, not unlike other vessels. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:58:21 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0411.html 2017-06-27T15:58:21Z FWP restricts campfires at fishing sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0410.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will ban campfires and restrict smoking and other activities at its fishing access sites in Yellowstone County starting Friday, June 30, 2017, because of wildfire danger. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:43:46 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0410.html 2017-06-27T14:43:46Z Manners matter - how to share the river http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0409.html Montana's welcoming summer waters annually draw anglers, hikers, wildlife viewers, campers, floaters and boaters into the outdoors because it's still easy to have a great summer experience on Montana's rivers. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:27:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0409.html 2017-06-19T18:27:36Z Keep safe on the water http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0408.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. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:15:03 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0408.html 2017-06-19T18:15:03Z Kids get reward for safe boating http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0407.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens will be trying to catch young people doing something right this summer. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:07:46 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0407.html 2017-06-19T18:07:46Z Stand-up paddleboards have safety equipment requirements http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0406.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboard (SUPs) that a life jacket is required to be on board. The use of SUPs has exploded in Montana over the past few years. The vessels are fun, easy-to-use and have equipment requirements, not unlike other vessels. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:06:54 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0406.html 2017-06-19T18:06:54Z New boat validation decals required http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0405.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get a new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The blue decals expired Feb. 28. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:06:01 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0405.html 2017-06-19T18:06:01Z AIS openings at Fort Peck, Wibaux, Culbertson http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0404.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks still has openings for seasonal employees to help run Aquatic Invasive Special decontamination stations at Fort Peck, Culbertson and Wibaux. Tue, 30 May 2017 21:02:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0404.html Marla Prell 2017-05-30T21:02:00Z Remember to get boat decals http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0403.html Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. Tue, 30 May 2017 20:58:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/recreation/nr_0403.html Marla Prell 2017-05-30T20:58:00Z 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