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Welcome to FWP Region 3

FWP's administrative Region 3 is located in southwest Montana and includes the counties of Beaverhead, Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Madison, Park, Silver Bow, and part of Deer Lodge. Region 3 encompasses 18,089 square miles, which is more than 12% of the total land area of Montana. About 60% of the region is made up of public lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Southwest Montana is made up of broad valleys comprised of prairie habitats of grasslands, sagebrush, and wooded riparian areas rising to foothills and mountains as high as 11,000 feet in elevation. Most of the lower lands are privately-owned, while most of the higher reaches are federally-owned by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Region 3 is home to 9 state parks, including Montana's oldest—Lewis and Clark Caverns—and Bannack State Park, the site of the first Territorial Capital. The region is headwaters to some of the most renowned trout rivers in the U.S., including the Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, upper Missouri, upper Yellowstone, Beaverhead, and Big Hole. About 26% of Montana's angling takes place in Region 3, and the region boasts 95 fishing access sites. Big game hunting is a major draw in southwest Montana. Approximately 50% of the elk harvest in the entire state happens in Region 3.

Recent Region 3 News

Several SW Montana Rivers To See Restrictions Wednesday

Tue Jul 18 09:37:17 MDT 2017

(BOZEMAN, Mont.)—High water temperatures and low stream flows have prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to implement “hoot owl” restrictions on several rivers in Southwest Montana starting Wednesday.

(Region 3 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)

Firewood Cutting on Mount Haggin WMA

Mon Jul 03 11:08:17 MDT 2017

Free firewood cutting for personal use will be allowed by permit in designated areas on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda now through Nov. 30.

(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP Outdoor Fest Set for July 6 in Bozeman

Mon Jul 03 10:58:48 MDT 2017

Come and join local FWP staff members who will be on hand providing demonstrations at a variety of event stations. Check out one of our bear traps, or a game warden patrol boat. Learn about river systems and aquatic invasive species. Get active with our Wildlife Olympics. See how we solve mysteries with our wildlife CSI exhibit. Learn to fly cast, or how to deploy bear spray. We’ll also have an OHV simulator, exhibits from our local state parks, hides, tracks, furs, and more.

(Region 3 - Education)