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Welcome to FWP Region 2

Northern Rocky Mountain peaks reaching above 10,000 feet and valley trout streams stretching over 1,500 miles define the character of west-central Montana's administrative Region 2.

Over 62% of the region is public land, offering a variety of recreational opportunities to area residents and visitors. Deer, elk, moose, sheep, black bears, and goats inhabit the region, providing a diversity of hunting opportunities. Seventy-two regional fishing access sites serve as gateways to fishing, white-water rafting, floating, and kayaking on the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, and Bitterroot Rivers, while 170 public lakes and reservoirs dot the region and offer additional fishing holes and boating spots.

Region 2 is also home to eleven unique state parks offering opportunities to view wildlife, launch a boat, cast a line, or explore the region's history. Visitors to Granite Ghost Town State Park can relive the history of a silver-mining boom town, Traveler's Rest State Park offers a glimpse into a Lewis and Clark Expedition resting spot, and Salmon Lake recreationists can watch for wildlife, fish, picnic, launch a boat, or water-ski in a woodland setting.

A large, growing urban center for Montana, Region 2 has over 18% of the state's population and only 7% of Montana's land and water area. The region's largest community,Missoula, sits on the banks of the Clark Fork River and is home to the University of Montana.

Recent Region 2 News

Hunting Totals Just Ahead of Last Year with Two Weeks Left


Deer and elk harvest and hunter participation started off slightly ahead of last season in west-central Montana and have stayed that way through the first three weeks of hunting season, according to data from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) hunter check stations. Two weeks remain in the general hunting season, which closes on Sunday, Dec. 1.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

Deer and Elk Harvest Remains Steady in West-Central Montana


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 5,588 hunters with a harvest of 171 elk, 181 white-tailed deer, 48 mule deer, three black bears, three bighorn sheep and one moose at its three permanent check stations in west-central Montana during the first three weekends of the general big game hunting season.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

FWP Looking for Leads on Mule Deer Found East of Corvallis


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) game warden, Justin Singleterry, is seeking information about a mule deer buck that was shot and then dumped off Willow Creek Road, east of Corvallis in the Bitterroot Valley.

(Region 2 - Enforcement)

Deer and Elk Harvest Ahead of Last Season in West-Central Montana


Deer and elk harvest numbers are up at the end of the first week of the 2019 big game general hunting season, compared with the same time period last year, according to data from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) check stations in west-central Montana.

(Region 2 - Hunting)