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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

Stimson Lumber Company Lands Closed to the Public due to Dry Conditions


Due to high fire danger, Stimson has decided to close their fee lands, including those covered by the Kootenai Lands Conservation Easement in Troy, to the general public until more favorable conditions return to warrant reopening. Stimpson has posted signs at prominent locations around the property and in local establishments around Troy. The closure goes into effect immediately. Contact FWP Game Warden Phil Kilbreath (291-6539) in Troy for more information.

(Region 1 - Recreation News)

Farm Lease Extension North Shore of Flathead Lake Draft EA


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Farm Lease Extension North Shore of Flathead Lake Draft Environmental Assessment (EA). FWP proposes to extend the existing farming contracts of the two current farmers for the North Shore State Park/WMA and the North Shore WMA.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Teakettle Fishing Access Site Proposed Improvement Decision Notice


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed improvements for Teakettle Fishing Access Site (FAS). Teakettle FAS is located along the Flathead River in Columbia Falls, Flathead County (T30N, R20W, S16). FWP proposed to expand and improve the parking areas, develop a new drive lane, install barrier rock to control vehicle movement, and repair existing boundary fencing.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Warden Looking for Tips on Dog Poisoning Incident near Condon


During the third week of June, on two separate days individuals took their dogs on walks on Owl Creek road south of Bigfork. In both instances, after arriving back home, the dogs (both labs) started convulsing and died shortly thereafter. Due to the similarity in these cases the veterinarian took samples from the second dog and sent them to a lab. The veterinarian believed the symptoms resembled strychnine poisoning.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)