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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 Annual Reports

Recent Region 1 News

Anglers with Disabilities Land Lots of Lake Trout at 24th Annual Jerry Howard Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake

Fri Jun 16 08:40:15 MDT 2017

A total of 84 anglers with disabilities participated in the 24th annual Jerry Howard Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 15. Anglers went out on 15 fishing boats provided by the Montana Charterboat Association and a few private craft. Charterboat captains provided their fishing boats free of charge so that anglers could enjoy a “Cadillac” experience. Anglers from 6 to 80 years of age hailed from the upper Flathead Valley, Missoula, Kalispell, Polson, Ronan, Libby, and other areas around northwest Montana.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Whitefish Lake Watershed Project Draft Environmental Assessment

Tue Jun 13 16:31:52 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of a proposal to work with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to conserve twenty-one sections (approximately 13,398 acres) of Weyerhaeuser property located approximately nine miles northwest of Whitefish, Montana.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Cops and Bobbers Kids Fishing Event Coming up June 21 at Pine Grove Pond

Tue Jun 13 09:35:00 MDT 2017

FWP Game Wardens, Flathead County Sherriff’s Office, and the Montana Highway Patrol are hosting the 3rd Annual “Cops and Bobbers” kids fishing day event on Wednesday, June 21 at Pine Grove Pond just northeast of Kalispell. The event gets underway at 3 p.m. and all kids and families are invited to attend. There will also be a barbeque. Loaner rods and bait will be available for anglers.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Mount Silcox Wildlife Management Area Forest Habitat Project Draft Environmental Assessment

Tue Jun 06 09:50:59 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Mt. Silcox WMA Forest Habitat Project Draft EA. FWP proposes to conduct a forest habitat enhancement project on 92 acres of Mt. Silcox WMA, located 2.5 miles east of Thompson Falls in Sanders County. The draft is out for a 30-day public review through 5:00 p.m., July 5, 2017. Copies of the draft are available at the FWP office, 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell; Montana State Library, 1515 E 6th Ave., Helena; FWP State Headquarters, 1420 E 6th Ave., Helena.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)