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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

Twine Successfully Removed from Deer’s Neck Near Whitefish


Beginning in late December, FWP received calls from Whitefish residents about a whitetail buck that had bailing twine wrapped around its antlers. The deer was seen by many residents near Armory Road on the east side of Whitefish, ranging into the Whitefish River in the city.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)



A number of bowhunter education classes have been scheduled for northwest Montana. All students must register online for the following courses. When registering, students will note specific information and guidelines for the course included in the online posting. All first-time bowhunters regardless of age must complete the Bowhunter Education Course to purchase an archery stamp in Montana. The course is free of charge.

(Region 1 - Education)

Polson, Ronan, Pablo Hunter Education Class Announced


Class for the Polson, Ronan, Pablo Spring Hunter Education course will start Monday, March 2nd in the Beaverhead Math & Science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo. All classes will begin at 7:00pm and end at 9:00pm. Interested students are required to register online now at A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18 to the first class.

(Region 1 - Education)

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Meets on March 3


The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region One Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 3 (Public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the Region One FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. At the meeting committee members will hear updates from FWP managers, and pass along advice on current issues.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Murphy Lake Canceled


The 10th Annual Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby, scheduled for Saturday, February 21st at Murphy Lake near Fortine, has been canceled. This is due to unsafe ice conditions resulting from unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rains. According to event organizer Duane Cash, he has not seen conditions like this in early February in over 40 years.

(Region 1 - Fishing)