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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 and Parks is responding to a pneumonia outbreak in the Upper Yellowstone bighorn sheep herd near Gardiner. In the past two weeks, FWP staff members have collected ten dead bighorn sheep – a mix of rams, lambs, and one adult ewe.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 12/15/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold an open house on Monday, Dec. 15 in Bozeman giving staff and regional Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) members the opportunity to meet with southwest Montana legislators.
(Region 3 - Councils & Committees - 12/12/2014)
On Saturday, crews from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released nine bighorn ewes into the eastern Pioneer Mountains as part of a herd augmentation effort approved by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission in November.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 12/08/2014)
Hunters venturing out on the final weekend of the general deer and elk season were met with plummeting temperatures and moderate success. In at least one case, a near 60-degree temperature drop was noted on Saturday alone. Another station closed early on Saturday when only 32 hunters came by the typically busy check station by mid-afternoon.
(Region 3 - Hunting - 12/01/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to remind recreationists that most Region 3 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) – those managed as big game winter range – will close to all public entry at 11:59 p.m. tonight, Dec. 1.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 12/01/2014)