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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

FWP will begin a road and path project at Pine Grove Pond FAS on Tuesday September 2nd. The project will improve the access road as well as finish paving the foot path around the pond.
(Region 1 - Fishing - 08/28/2014)
Online registration is now open for Hunter Education classes across northwest Montana. All registration for Hunter Education Classes in northwest Montana is through the FWP website online. Register online at fwp.mt.gov; click Hunter Ed Schedule and follow directions to register. See link: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterEd.html . All class details will be found online. Here are schedules for communities to date:
(Region 1 - Education - 08/26/2014)
On August 22nd, a six-year old female grizzly bear and her two cubs of the year were captured along the Flathead River, west of Columbia Falls Stage Road. The family group was captured earlier this year on the Flathead Indian Reservation by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) Biologists. The bears were captured in an attempt to move them away from homes before any conflicts occurred. The family group had been relocated on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. Within several weeks, they swam the reservoir and crossed over the top of the Swan Mountains into the Flathead Valley.
(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 08/26/2014)
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed improvements at the Island Lake Fishing Access Site (FAS) located in Lincoln County (T29N, R26W, NW¼ S31), including an improved gravel access road, a designated parking area for 6 to 8 vehicles with trailers, gravel boat ramp, 4 designated campsites, a concrete vault latrine, fencing, fire rings, and informational and directional signs. Camping would be allowed at the FAS, in designated sites only, for a nightly camping fee of $7 as per the FAS Biennial Fee Rule that was adopted by the FWP Commission in 2013.
(Region 1 - Fishing - 08/26/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 1 will adopt Stage I Fire Restrictions for all FWP Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management Areas within the following counties and Fire Zone Areas: Northwest Zone: Lake County within the Flathead Indian Reservation; and Sanders County within the Missoula Restriction Zone (Lolo National Forest).
(Region 1 - Recreation - 08/20/2014)