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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

FWP Seeks Comment on Upper Clark Fork Floodplain Closure


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would close public access to a four-and-a-half mile stretch of the Clark Fork river floodplain from Galen to Gem Back Road from July 15, 2016 through September 15, 2018 to protect newly planted vegetation.

(Region 2 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)

Biologists to Begin Seasonal Grizzly Bear Capturing for Research and Management


As part of an ongoing interagency program to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and Tribal wildlife managers will once again begin seasonal scientific capture operations in parts of western Montana this month.

(Region 2 - Fish & Wildlife)

Firewood Gathering Available by Permit on Threemile WMA


Firewood gathering for personal, non-commercial use will be allowed on a designated portion of Threemile Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in the Bitterroot Valley north of Stevensville, from May 15-Oct. 21, 2016.

(Region 2 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee to Meet May 4 in Missoula


The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet Wednesday, May 4 at the Missoula FWP office (3201 Spurgin Road) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

(Region 2 - Councils & Committees News)