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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 January 27

01/21/2015

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region One Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 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 - Councils & Committees)

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on January 27

01/21/2015

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region One Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 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)

Fish Virus Detected in Montana’s Kootenai River

01/12/2015

Fish-health testing by state fisheries biologists in November detected a virus in wild spawning kokanee salmon in the Kootenai River below Kootenai Falls. It marks the first time the common virus, called infectious hematopoietic necrosis, or IHN, has been detected in state waters, said Mark Deleray, fisheries manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Kalispell. While IHN doesn't harm humans, it does occur naturally in Pacific Coast wild salmon, steelhead, and herring and can be passed on to other fish. The virus was known to be present in in portions of Kootenai River that pass through Idaho and Canada. It is not known how long the virus has been at this location in Montana, but since fish can move into Montana from the downstream reaches in Idaho and Canada, it likely has been around for some time.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Bull Trout Redd Counts for Waters across Northwest Montana Completed for 2014

01/06/2015

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Fisheries Field crews have completed the annual inventory of bull trout spawning sites in the Clark Fork, Flathead, and Kootenai drainages, which comprise northwest Montana’s FWP Region One. Experienced observers walk known spawning areas and count the number of spawning nests called redds. Female bull trout excavate a depression in the streambed where she deposits her eggs which are immediately fertilized by a male. These nests, called redds, are typically four to six feet long by three feet wide, or even larger and are easily identified when walking down the stream channel. Redd counts are indicative of the abundance levels of spawning adult bull trout each year. Redd counts are used to assess status and trends in bull trout populations in northwest Montana.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

SNOWSHOE WORKSHOP SET FOR JAN 24

12/29/2014

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is sponsoring a snowshoe class on January 24th in Thompson Falls. Applicants can choose to attend the morning class from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm or the afternoon class from 11:30 until 4:30 pm. The morning session is a beginner or novice class for those who have little or no snowshoe experience. The afternoon session is an intermediate class for persons who have gone snowshoeing before and will include a longer walk.

(Region 1 - Education)