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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

Region One FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on September 21


The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region One Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 21, with presentations beginning at 6:30 FWP Headquarters in Kalispell. At the meeting committee members will hear updates from FWP managers, and pass along advice on current issues. The FWP Region One Citizen Advisory Committee is a volunteer group that meets several times per year to advise FWP on programs and activities

(Region 1 - Education)

Hunter Education Class Scheduled For Ronan


A Hunter Education Class is scheduled for Ronan at the Westland Seed Shooting Range classroom from Tuesday September 27-Friday, September 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The address is: 36272 Round Butte Road, Ronan, MT, 59864. The field course is Saturday October 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

(Region 1 - Education)

Copper King Fire Update


Copper King Fire Update Thursday, September 8, 2016, 8:00 a.m.

(Region 1 - Education)

Grizzly Killed by Vehicle Near Condon


A large adult male grizzly bear was struck and killed by a semi truck on Highway 83 near Condon in the early morning hours of September 6, 2016. The driver reported the collision to 911 at 6:15 am and FWP Warden Bill Koppen investigated.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)