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Welcome to FWP Region 1
Region 1
  • FWP Region 1 Headquarters

  • 490 North Meridian Road
  • Kalispell, MT 59901
  • Phone: (406) 752-5501
  • Fax: (406) 257-0349
  • E-mail: fwprg12@mt.gov
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM

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

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a meeting and forum on Thursday, November 6 to give members of the public an opportunity to meet several candidates for the open position of FWP Region One Supervisor in Kalispell.
(Region 1 - Inside FWP - 10/27/2014)
Hunters took to the field Saturday and Sunday across northwest Montana for the opening weekend of the general deer and elk season. At the six northwest Montana check stations, a total of 3,154 hunters checked 150 white-tailed deer (123 of these were bucks), 33 mule deer, and 11 elk for a 6.2 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares with a 4.1 percent rate of hunters with game last year at the check stations.
(Region 1 - Hunting - 10/27/2014)
Officers with FWP and DNRC are asking for help in finding the individuals responsible for $6,000 in damage to State property on the Swan State Forest.
(Region 1 - Enforcement - 10/23/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the Pine Grove Pond Fishing Access Site Proposed South Acquisition for the purpose of acquiring two additional parcels of land totaling 4.26 acres between the Whitefish River and Pine Grove Pond FAS for the purpose of providing additional access to the Whitefish River and providing a buffer between the busy FAS and neighboring private land. The proposed addition would access nearly 750 feet of river shore. The Flathead Land Trust Initiated the project to add the additional acreage to enhance this popular community asset by ensuring the undeveloped land will remain as open space and continue to function as forested riparian habitat
(Region 1 - Fishing - 10/23/2014)
Levi Anderson and Hadyn Johnson of Kalispell were both sentenced in Flathead County Justice court recently for poaching 10 whitetail deer in the Farm-to-Market area north of Kalispell in December of 2013. The deer were shot at night, after the general season had ended and left to waste. Levi Anderson pled guilty and was fined $4350, ordered to pay $600 in restitution, and lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap in Montana and 44 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact (IWVC) for 10 years. Johnson also pled guilty and was fined $2,100, and ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution, and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for 20 years in Montana and all states in the IWVC.
(Region 1 - Enforcement - 10/23/2014)