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Welcome to FWP Region 1

Northwest Montana is known for its lakes and rivers, featuring two-thirds of all the recreational waters and one third of all registered boats in the state. Over 500 lakes support fish, ranging from 125,000-acre Flathead Lake, the largest lake west of the Great Lakes, to hundreds of high mountain lakes. More than 3,000 miles of fishable stream flow through the Region. Sensitive native fish species, including the westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and red-band rainbow trout, reside in the waters of Region One. Important wildlife species include grizzly and black bear bears, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, three species of mountain grouse, and furbearers such as marten and wolverine. Region One provides about half of the black bear and mountain lion harvest in the state. The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal pursued by hunters.

Varied land ownerships and agency responsibilities make for challenging natural resource management in the Region, which is bound by the Flathead Indian Reservation to the south, and Glacier National Park to the north. Millions of acres of national forest wilderness and hundreds of thousands of acres of corporate timberlands are found in Region One as well. FWP, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and various local, state, and federal agencies work together to manage habitat and wildlife. The state and tribes have unique agreements to co-manage fisheries in Flathead Lake, and fishing and hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Region 1 Wildlife Information

Recent Region 1 News

FWP Seeking Location of Black Bear Cubs in Whitefish


Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking community members in Whitefish to share any information about the possible location of three orphaned black bear cubs that were last seen near downtown.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Park After Dark Guided Hike at Flathead Lake State Park-Wayfarers


(Bigfork, MT) – Flathead Lake State Park invites you to explore the park after dark! Join a park ranger on a 1.5 mile guided hike around the Wayfarers unit of Flathead Lake State Park to discover all that goes bump in the night. Walk by the light of the moon and explore the adaptations that allow stealthy predators to hunt at night, the myths and meanings surrounding the night sky, and how darkness is important to humans. This hike is $4 per person. Attendees will meet in front of the Flathead Lake State Park Ranger Station. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a headlamp and water bottle. This hike is open to all ages. Please call the Flathead Lake State Park Ranger Station at (406) 837-3041 to register for the hike.

(Region 1 - Recreation News)