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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

Park County Men Plead Guilty to Bison Poaching

Tue Mar 13 16:21:17 MDT 2018

Three Park County men were sentenced Tuesday in Justice Court for the illegal hunting and wasting of three bull bison in the Gardiner area on February 28.

(Region 3 - Enforcement)

FWP Looking to Develop New Fishing Access Site in Dillon

Mon Mar 12 10:55:36 MDT 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing the development of a new Fishing Access Site on the Beaverhead River adjacent to the Selway Bridge. For some time, this property on the north side of Dillon has been used by the public to access the river without formal roads or a true boat ramp causing damage to the resource.

(Region 3 - Fishing)

Meeting Set for Mar. 22 to Discuss 2018 Mountain Lion Season

Mon Mar 12 09:32:46 MDT 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 22 to discuss mountain lion management and tentative quotas for the 2018 mountain lion hunting season in Region 3. The meeting take place at the United Methodist Church annex in Three Forks (124 2nd Avenue East) beginning at 7 p.m.

(Region 3 - Hunting)

York's Islands FAS Closed Due to Flooding

Thu Feb 22 10:19:25 MST 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has closed the York’s Islands Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River southeast of Townsend with ice gorging on the river leading to extensive site flooding.

(Region 3 - Fishing)

Butte 2018 Spring Hunter Education Open for Registration

Wed Feb 21 14:32:11 MST 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold its spring Butte hunter education class beginning Monday, April 2 at Highlands College (formerly Montana Tech College of Technology – 25 Basin Creek Road). Online registration is required, and students under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian.

(Region 3 - Education)