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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

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Land Proposal Scoping Notice for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

Thu May 25 10:48:57 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is working with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to conserve twenty-one sections (approximately 13,398 acres) of Weyerhaeuser property located northwest of Whitefish, Montana, that we refer to as the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project. The proposal entails TPL purchasing the entire property from Weyerhaeuser. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) would provide funding for the purchase of five of the sections (approx. 3,180 acres) and would retain a perpetual conservation easement on the land to conserve important native fish habitat within the Swift Creek watershed. FWP is proposing to purchase a perpetual conservation easement (CE) from TPL on the remaining sixteen sections (approx. 10,218 acres) of land using a variety of funding sources. The purpose of the FWP-held easement would be to protect critical wildlife habitat in perpetuity, continue sustainable commercial forest management, and prevent development of the property. Public recreational access would continue under the terms of the proposed conservation easement in a manner similar to current allowed uses.

(Region 1 - Recreation News)

Hunter Education Class Scheduled for Libby

Tue May 23 13:34:33 MDT 2017

A Hunter Education Class has been scheduled for Libby beginning Wednesday, May 31 at Libby Elementary School. The class is free of charge. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. A student must be at least 10 years old to take the course.

(Region 1 - Education)

Female Grizzly and Two Yearlings Captured Near Ferndale

Fri May 19 15:32:24 MDT 2017

An adult female grizzly bear and her two yearlings were captured on May 16th south of Ferndale. The bears had gotten into two small chest freezers that were outside of a mobile home. The adult female is 9 years old and weighed 309 pounds. The male yearling weighed 126 pounds and the yearling female weighed 112 pounds. The adult female was fitted with a GPS radio collar and the family group was released together at the end of the Spotted Bear River Road on May 17th.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Male Grizzly Bear Captured and Killed

Fri May 12 16:02:32 MDT 2017

On May 11, FWP and Federal Wildlife Services captured a 209-pound 3-yr old male grizzly bear in the Eureka area after the bear killed eight domestic sheep. The landowners called FWP immediately; FWP and Wildlife Services investigated and confirmed that the grizzly had killed the sheep. Several traps were set and the bear was captured after dark the same day the trap was set. The bear was killed on site.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Slots Available for Jerry Howard Fishing without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake

Thu May 11 09:34:58 MDT 2017

The 24th annual Jerry Howard Fishing without Barriers Day will be held on Flathead Lake on Thursday, June 15. Anglers with disabilities are hosted for free fishing trips on charter boats and other boats provided by volunteers. The event is sponsored by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Crossing the Barriers Committee, and the Montana Charter Boat Association. Hidden Harbor provides boat launching and Saddle Horn provides picnic facilities.

(Region 1 - Education)