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Welcome to FWP Region 1
Region 1
  • FWP Region 1 Headquarters

  • 490 North Meridian Road
  • Kalispell, MT 59901
  • Phone: (406) 752-5501
  • Fax: (406) 257-0349
  • E-mail: fwprg12@mt.gov
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM

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.

Recent Region 1 News

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on April 16 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the Region One FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. At the meeting, CAC members will pass along advice on issues of concerns and hear a report on Swan Lake Fisheries.
(Region 1 - Councils & Committees - 04/15/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Island Lake Fishing Access Site Proposed Development Draft Environmental Assessment (Lincoln County, T29N, R26W, NW¼ S31).
(Region 1 - Fishing - 04/11/2014)
FWP will be initiating walleye research on Noxon Reservoir beginning in early April. Biologists will collect data to determine population demographics, reproductive potential, dietary habits and PCB concentrations within edible portions of walleye. The information will be used in the revised draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and determine if additional consumption advisories are necessary for Noxon’s sport fish.
(Region 1 - Fishing - 04/11/2014)
According to FWP Bear and Lion Specialist Erik Wenum, a 6 year old 340-pound male grizzly bear was captured on April 6 south of Eureka. FWP was assisted by USDA Wildlife Services personnel in capturing the grizzly.
(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 04/11/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring a horse packing workshop May 4 near Columbia Falls.
(Region 1 - Education - 04/11/2014)