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Welcome to FWP Region 3
Region 3
  • FWP Region 3 Office

  • 1400 South 19th
  • Bozeman, MT 59718
  • Phone: (406) 994-4042
  • Phone: (406) 994-4043
  • Fax: (406) 994-4090
  • E-mail:
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
  • Helena Area Resource Office

  • 930 Custer Ave. W.
  • Helena, MT 59620
  • Phone: (406) 495-3260
  • Fax: (406) 495-3273
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
  • Butte Area Resource Office

  • 1820 Meadowlark Lane
  • Butte, MT 59701
  • Phone: (406) 494-1953
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 12:30 PM-4:15 PM

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 percent of the total land area of Montana. About 60 percent 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 nine 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 percent 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 percent of the elk harvest in the entire state happens in Region 3.

Recent Region 3 News

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received numerous reports of a dead moose off Lowland Road near Maney Lake in the Elk Park area north of Butte Wednesday.
(Region 3 - Enforcement - 10/31/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks invites the public to attend Region 3’s Supervisor candidate forum on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman (1325 N. 7th Ave).
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/29/2014)
Two young grizzly bears were captured in the Gardiner area within the last week and relocated. The bears were female, siblings, and about two years old
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/29/2014)
Montana’s general deer and elk season got underway Saturday with warm conditions greeting most hunters and some seeing their first day hampered by dense fog. On Sunday, hunters met colder conditions and freezing rain and snow at higher elevations.
(Region 3 - Hunting - 10/27/2014)
After reports to Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) early last week of dead brown trout in the Big Hole River with a fungal infection, FWP crews have been closely monitoring the area affected.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/24/2014)