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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

Partnerships Put Bear Spray in the Hands of More People

Mon Oct 23 10:45:56 MDT 2017

Several hundred hunters, hikers, and landowners will receive a can of free bear spray this fall, thanks to local partnerships aimed at reducing bear conflicts in the Blackfoot and Upper Clark Fork Valleys.

(Region 2 - Fish & Wildlife)

Strong Opening Weekend for Hunters in West-Central Montana

Mon Oct 23 10:42:25 MDT 2017

Montana’s general big game hunting season opened on Saturday, and in the west-central part of the state, hunter check stations reports show the highest number of big game animals harvested on opening weekend since 2010.

(Region 2 - Hunting)

Wardens Looking for Tips on Elk Left to Waste Near Threemile WMA

Wed Oct 11 10:37:22 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game warden, Justin Singleterry, is seeking information about a bull elk that was discovered off the side of Three Mile Creek Road, near the entrance to the Three Mile Wildlife Management Area east of Florence.

(Region 2 - Enforcement)