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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

Hensler Named FWP Region 1 Fisheries Manager

Wed Jul 11 12:33:36 MDT 2018

Kalispell, MT — Mike Hensler, a longtime fisheries biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, is the new regional fisheries manager in northwest Montana.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Grizzly Bear Captured Near Trego, Euthanized

Fri Jul 06 13:36:15 MDT 2018

Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks captured a male grizzly bear south of Eureka near Trego and euthanized the animal because it was food conditioned and very habituated to people.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Grizzly Bear Captured South of Condon, Euthanized

Tue Jul 03 16:53:13 MDT 2018

Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks captured a male grizzly bear south of Condon and euthanized the animal because it was food conditioned and had a history of approaching residences.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Small Dams in Small Creeks Can Have Big Consequences

Mon Jul 02 11:45:15 MDT 2018

Kalispell, MT — As summertime temperatures heat up and the chance to cool down in the water arrives, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding people that building dams in creeks and streams can have negative consequences for fish. This is especially true for species such as bull trout, which ascend small tributaries in late-summer to spawn.

(Region 1 - Recreation News)

Section of Swan River Closed Due to Bridge Construction

Fri Jun 29 09:57:26 MDT 2018

Kalispell, MT — An emergency closure is in effect along a section of the Swan River near the Montana Highway 209 bridge in Ferndale due to hazards in the water.

(Region 1 - Recreation News)