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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

Seeley Lake Waters Reopened to all Recreation

Fri Aug 18 13:54:26 MDT 2017

Seeley Lake waters are open again to boating and other recreation, effective immediately. The lake has been under a temporary emergency closure since August 1 while planes scooped water from the lake to fight the Rice Ridge Fire.

(Region 2 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)

Bitterroot River Will See Fishing Restrictions Thursday

Tue Aug 01 17:02:45 MDT 2017

Warm water temperatures have triggered "hoot-owl" fishing restrictions, beginning Thursday, August 3, on the Bitterroot River from Veteran’s Bridge on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton, downstream to the confluence with the Clark Fork in Missoula (approximately 55 miles).

(Region 2 - Drought & Fire)

Fire Suppression Forces Closure of Seeley Lake Waters

Tue Aug 01 16:33:22 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is closing all of Seeley Lake waters, effective immediately, for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire.

(Region 2 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)

FWP places fishing restrictions on upper Clark Fork and Silver Bow Creek

Fri Jul 28 08:29:56 MDT 2017

To help ease the strain on fish as water temperatures rise, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is implementing fishing restrictions on the upper Clark Fork River and Silver Bow Creek beginning Saturday, July 29.

(Region 2 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)