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
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking input on mountain lion harvest quotas at a public meeting in Missoula on Saturday, March 7. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Parkside and run until 2:30 p.m. if needed.
(Region 2 - Hunting)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that outlines the circumstances under which FWP could temporarily close a portion of the Bitterroot River surrounding Supply Ditch Diversion Dam for public safety.
(Region 2 - Commission)
A trapper education class is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office in Missoula (3201 Spurgin Road). The class is free and students do not need to pre-register.
(Region 2 - Education)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public review and comment on a proposed rule that would require watercraft to operate an a no-wake speed year-round on Silver Lake, located west of Anaconda.
(Region 2 - Commission)