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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

Hunter Harvest Stays Steady in West-Central Montana

Mon Nov 20 11:00:14 MST 2017

With one week left in big game hunting season, harvest remains steady across west-central Montana. Elk harvest reported at the area’s three hunter check stations continues to outpace last year’s, while white-tailed deer harvest fell slightly below last year over the past week.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

Hunter Harvest Totals up in West-Central Montana

Mon Nov 13 09:56:18 MST 2017

At the close of the fourth weekend of the 2017 big game rifle season, harvest totals at the three west-central Montana hunter check stations are up 7 percent from this point last year.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

Spotted Dog Management Plan out for Review

Wed Nov 08 14:45:04 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and citizens on the Spotted Dog Work Group have collaborated to produce a draft management plan for Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Powell County. When finalized, the plan will guide FWP’s management of habitat and public access on the property.

(Region 2 - Fish & Wildlife)

West-Central Montana Hunter Check Stations Numbers Still Up

Mon Oct 30 10:55:14 MDT 2017

Hunter traffic and harvest slowed during the second weekend of big game hunting in west-central Montana, but cumulative harvest totals at the region’s three hunter check stations are still up from the past three seasons.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

FWP Looking for Tips on Moose Poached Near De Borgia

Fri Oct 27 10:02:54 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking information about a moose that was discovered October 20 near Up Up Mountain on USFS Road 1101, south of De Borgia.

(Region 2 - Enforcement)