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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.

Recent Region 1 News

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on April 27


The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region One Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, April 27 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the Region One FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. At the meeting committee members will hear updates from FWP managers, and pass along advice on current issues.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Celebration This Saturday, April 11 at Pine Grove Pond Family Fishing Area


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Flathead Land Trust will host a celebration of the recent additions and enhancements to Pine Grove Pond family fishing area on the opening day of fishing for Pine Grove Family Fishing Pond. Free hot dogs and lemonade will be provided by Flathead Land Trust and prizes will be given by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Warden Looking for Information on Abandoned Moose Quarters


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Ben Chappelow of Eureka is looking for any info regarding moose hind quarters dumped in the Olney area on the cut-across road to Upper Whitefish Lake. It appeared that the moose quarters were dumped in late February. The meat was left on the quarters. This is a waste of game. Anyone with information can call Warden Chappelow at 406-250-1042.

(Region 1 - Enforcement)

Northwest Montana Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors Honored


Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors will receive service awards from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at the annual Region One Instructor Workshop to be held Saturday, March 7 at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. A total of 44 Instructors will receive service awards ranging from 5 to 50 years of service. All service award recipients receive a plaque; additional awards include: 10 year: engraved knife; 20 year: FWP belt buckle; 45 year: Filson vest; 50 year: Hall of Fame wall plaque and Honorarium. A number of other awards will also be presented. Highlights this year include Leonard Howke’s award for 50 years of service, and 45 year awards for Donald Garner and Paul Murphy.

(Region 1 - Education)

FWP Seeking Comment on Ninepipe WMA Draft Management Plan


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a draft management plan for the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Lake County. This management plan provides a layout of goals, priorities, issues, and strategies for managing Ninepipe WMA. The plan describes FWP’s overall management direction as well as anticipated near-term and long-term management actions, both for communication to interested publics and for guiding FWP staff.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)