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) will close fishing between the hours of 2 p.m. and midnight on some tributaries in the Blackfoot drainage beginning Thursday, July 30.
(Region 2 - Drought & Fire)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is looking for public input on values, needs and priorities as part of its ’15 & Forward initiative to plan for the next 10 years. FWP is holding public listening sessions in 10 communities around the state through August 12. The Missoula meeting is set for Thursday, July 30, beginning at 6pm, at the Double Tree Hotel (100 Madison Street).
(Region 2 - Inside FWP)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on the Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC).
(Region 2 - Councils & Committees News)
Warm Water Prompts "Hoot-Owl" Fishing Restrictions On Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers plus Flint and Silver Bow Creek
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is advising anglers on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, and Clark Fork Rivers, and Flint and Silver Bow Creeks that all fishing will close daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve.
(Region 2 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)