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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

White-tailed Deer Harvest Up in West-Central Montana

Mon Nov 21 11:46:46 MST 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is reporting an above-average harvest of white-tailed deer so far this season in west-central Montana, while the mule deer tally is on par, and elk hunting remains slow but steady without the help of substantial snow and colder temperatures to bump success rates.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

Elk Harvest Down, Deer on Par in West-Central Montana

Mon Nov 14 15:24:59 MST 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) biologists in west-central Montana reported continued low elk harvests through Region 2 check stations, while deer harvests are on par with recent years through the first three weeks of the general big game hunting season.

(Region 2 - Hunting)