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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

Clark Fork River Closed from Reserve Street to Kona Bridge

Mon May 14 14:49:33 MDT 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) closed the Clark Fork River to all recreation today, from Reserve Street Bridge in Missoula to Kona Bridge, due to dangers caused by downed power lines in the river and high-water levels full of hazardous debris.

(Region 2 - Flood, Drought & Fire)

High Water Prompts Closure and Limited Access to Many Western Montana River Access Sites, Council Grove State Park

Thu May 10 16:57:17 MDT 2018

Due to extremely high water, flood conditions and associated public safety concerns, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) closed many fishing access sites (FASs) around west-central Montana today under the direction of the Incident Command for the Missoula flood. Closed sites along the Clark Fork River include Sha-Ron, Kelly Island (all access points), Kona, Deep Creek, and Harpers Bridge FASs, and Council Grove State Park.

(Region 2 - Public Lands Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)

Region 2 fisheries surveys indicate low winter mortality

Fri May 04 12:03:06 MDT 2018

Although winter conditions were severe this year with a longer period of ice cover on lakes and heavy snow accumulation in western Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries surveys in Region 2 indicate fish mortality was low.

(Region 2 - Fishing)