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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 Big Game Annual Reports

Recent Region 1 News

FWP Warden and CSKT Remind Residents that Feeding Wildlife is Illegal


FWP Game Warden Ron Howell would like to remind folks that the supplemental feeding of game animals is illegal under Montana code (MCA 87-6-216) on private and state land on the Flathead Reservation, as well as off the reservation. The law specifically prohibits the feeding of ungulates—(deer, elk, moose, and antelope), mountain lions and bears. The recreational feeding of birds (song birds, turkeys, pheasants, etc) can also be unlawful if it attracts ungulates or bears. Supplemental food includes grain, processed feed, hay, and other foods.

(Region 1 - Enforcement)

FWP Seeking Qualified Applicants for Sharecropper Lease


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is requesting proposals from qualified applicants for an agricultural lease of 174 acres at the North Shore Wildlife Management Area on the north shore of Flathead lake, Kalispell (T27N; R20W, E1/2 of Section 21).

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on Wednesday, January 20


The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region One Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 20 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the 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)

Hunting Tree Stands Must be Removed from DNRC Lands


FWP Warden Frank Bowen reminds hunters that tree stands used for hunting and all other temporary structures must be removed from DNRC lands. Temporary structures, such as tree stands, may be kept in place on un-leased DNRC State forested lands for 16 days in any 30 day period. No nails, spikes or screws of any type may be put into the tree, and no permanent structures are allowed. General Recreation road use rules apply (no off road use allowed to access a stand).

(Region 1 - Hunting)