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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.

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Recent Region 1 News

Subscribe to email Delivery Service for FWP Oriented News, Public Notices, and Information

Fri Feb 24 11:29:10 MST 2017

GovDelivery is a service provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks that delivers email notices on important news items, public notices, and upcoming meetings relating to fish, wildlife and parks issues. More than 80,000 people are currently enrolled in the free service. This service represents a great opportunity for people to stay connected to all things FWP.

(Region 1 - Education)

Hunter Education Classes Scheduled for Troy, Plains, and Polson/Ronan/Pablo

Tue Feb 21 11:48:19 MST 2017

Spring Hunter Education Classes have been scheduled for a number of communities in northwest Montana. All hunter education classes are free of charge. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. A student must be at least 10 years old to take the course.

(Region 1 - Education)

Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board to Meet February 22 in Kalispell

Tue Feb 14 11:16:27 MST 2017

The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 10 a.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on Meridian Road in Kalispell. Board Chairman Terry Tanner invites all interested persons to attend. The agenda is listed below

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)