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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

Copper King Fire Forces Closure of Most of Hunting District 122 in the Thompson River Area


The U.S. Forest Service and four other agencies have issued an access closure area for the Thompson River Drainage and all tributary drainages south of the Historic Bend Ranger Station. The closure forced by the Copper King Fire in the Thompson River encompasses about 80% of HD 122. The closure is in place to protect the public from potential harm from wildfires and firefighting operations associated with the fire. The closure prohibits the public from going into or being upon the area.

(Region 1 - Education)

Two grizzlies captured near Whitefish and released in the North Fork


A young grizzly showed up in Whitefish on August 9 on Dakota Avenue in a residential area. Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley set a trap in the late morning near the cherry tree the bear was observed in. The bear was seen several more times that evening near Wildwood Condos and the Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Update on the Bear Attack near West Glacier Evidence shows that the bear was a male grizzly


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) personnel have received additional information on the bear attack on a mountain biker on June 29 on Forest Service property a few miles south of West Glacier. Brad Treat, a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was fatally mauled when he encountered a bear while riding his mountain bike on the Green Gate/Half Moon trail system off of U.S. Highway 2. Treat was found dead by officers at the scene of the attack.

(Region 1 - Enforcement)

Grizzly Bear Captured in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage


On July 29th, an adult female grizzly bear was captured on private property south of Red Meadow Creek where a bear had broken into three camp trailers. The trailers were unoccupied at the time, but people had been living in them. According to Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley, the bear was captured in a culvert trap that was set within two feet of one of the trailers. The trailers had been broken into on the evening of the 28th. Once inside the trailers the bear ate dog food along with food in the cupboards.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)