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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: fwprg3@mt.gov
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
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  • 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
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  • 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

This is the time of year bison migrate out of Yellowstone National Park in greater numbers leaving the snow and higher elevation behind them to roam adjacent lands in Montana. Right now, bison are distributed throughout the Gardiner basin, and many are foraging within the Highway 89 corridor. For this reason, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is urging caution when traveling the southern portion of Highway 89. Drivers should pay particular attention south of Yankee Jim Canyon and reduce speed during nighttime hours.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 04/01/2014)
After a winter-long closure, Mallard’s Rest Fishing Access Site on the Yellowstone River reopened Monday. The site – south of Livingston – had been closed since mid-December after a large ice jam caused major flooding and a number of maintenance issues. FWP decided to reopen the site once the road became safe to drive and the boat ramp became accessible.
(Region 3 - Fishing - 04/01/2014)
The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (State) have agreed to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider possible changes for managing wild Yellowstone bison and the non-native disease brucellosis.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 03/28/2014)