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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 Region 1 Citizen Advisory Committee: Nov. 20, 2019 Meeting

11/18/2019

Please join us for the latest Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. Active members should inform Dillon Tabish or Martha Abbrescia (mabbrescia@mt.gov, 751-4567) if they cannot attend the meeting. Alumni are always welcome to attend and should RSVP for dinner planning purposes. Thank you!

(Region 1 - Councils & Committees News)

Hunter Success Picks Up in Northwest Montana

11/18/2019

Kalispell, MT — With two weeks left in Montana’s general hunting season, the percentage of hunters with harvested game is slightly ahead of last year in northwest Montana.

(Region 1 - Hunting)

Moose Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease Near Troy

11/14/2019

First confirmed case of CWD in moose in Montana. Kalispell, MT — A moose in northwest Montana tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first time the disease has been detected in the species in Montana.

(Region 1 - CWD)

Grizzly Bear Euthanized Near Libby

11/12/2019

Kalispell, MT — An adult male grizzly bear was euthanized Nov. 10 near Libby after it broke into a garage seeking a food source.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)