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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

Hunter Education Classes Scheduled For Eureka, Troy, Whitefish, and Bigfork


Spring Hunter Education Classes have been scheduled for some communities in northwest Montana. All hunter education classes are 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)

Important Conservation Project Completed on North Shore of Flathead Lake


An important conservation project protecting 77 acres along the north shore of Flathead Lake was completed today. This conservation project helps protect the fragile water quality of Flathead Lake and adds to the protection of land used by tens of thousands of migratory birds as an important refueling stop each spring on their long journey from wintering grounds in Mexico to their breeding grounds in Canada. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) purchased this property with funding from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Grant program in conjunction with a 25% below market sale from the seller.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Hunting Regulations Considered at the February 11 Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting will Include Archery Only Area


The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Helena on Thursday February 11 to consider and adopt hunting regulations for the 2016/2017 seasons. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. and will feature a live video feed to all seven FWP Regions. Hunters are encouraged to attend the Kalispell video conference at the FWP headquarters on North Meridian Road.

(Region 1 - Hunting)

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)