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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 Wildlife Information

Recent Region 1 News

Citizen Advisory Committee Members Needed for FWP in NW Montana

Thu Aug 10 14:28:56 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking up to 5 volunteer applicants to serve terms of 2-3 years on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) for FWP that was established in 1996. The primary function of the CAC is to increase FWP’s awareness of emerging issues throughout the region by sharing the perspectives of the increasingly diverse constituencies.

(Region 1 - Councils & Committees News)

Trapper Education Course to be Held in Whitefish

Thu Aug 10 09:26:50 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) A beginner’s trapping course is scheduled for August 26, 2017 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at 235 Martin Camp Road in Whitefish Montana. This class is free! To enroll, or for further information, please contact Ken Cordoza at 406-250-6038, or Tressa Schutter at 406-871-5638. Lunch will be provided for participants.

(Region 1 - Education)

Hunter Education Classes Scheduled for NW Montana

Fri Aug 04 14:58:57 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) Students must be at least 10 years old to register for a hunter education class; there is no maximum age limit. Any person born after January 1, 1985, must show a certificate of completing a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license in Montana. Classes are free of charge.

(Region 1 - Education)

Stage II Fire Restrictions in Effect for Flathead, Lake, Lincoln & Sanders Counties

Tue Jul 25 15:41:01 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) Fish, Wildlife and Parks, in accordance with Stage II Fire Restrictions, will ban campfires and restrict smoking and other activities on its Fishing Access Sites, Wildlife Management Areas and State Parks in Lincoln, Lake, Flathead and Sanders Counties, beginning July 28, 2017, due to extreme wildfire danger.

(Region 1 - Drought & Fire)

FWP Makes Decision for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

Tue Jul 25 15:35:53 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is recommending that the Fish and Wildlife Commission approve the purchase of a conservation easement on the Lazy Creek portion of the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project area as proposed in the Preferred Alternative of the environmental assessment (EA). FWP released a draft EA for public comment from June 13 to July 12, 2017, and held a public hearing in Whitefish on June 21. FWP received 34 public comments, with all in favor of conserving this property. Four specified a preference for the Preferred Alternative and two supported the Secondary Alternative, with one of those wanting FWP or the US Forest Service to own the entire property. All comments are addressed in the decision notice.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)