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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.

Recent Region 1 News

Teakettle Fishing Access Site Proposed Improvement Decision Notice

07/02/2015

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed improvements for Teakettle Fishing Access Site (FAS). Teakettle FAS is located along the Flathead River in Columbia Falls, Flathead County (T30N, R20W, S16). FWP proposed to expand and improve the parking areas, develop a new drive lane, install barrier rock to control vehicle movement, and repair existing boundary fencing.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Warden Looking for Tips on Dog Poisoning Incident near Condon

07/02/2015

During the third week of June, on two separate days individuals took their dogs on walks on Owl Creek road south of Bigfork. In both instances, after arriving back home, the dogs (both labs) started convulsing and died shortly thereafter. Due to the similarity in these cases the veterinarian took samples from the second dog and sent them to a lab. The veterinarian believed the symptoms resembled strychnine poisoning.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)