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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

2016-2017 Winter Count of Northern Yellowstone Elk

Mon Jan 23 10:41:13 MST 2017

The Northern Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group conducted its annual winter survey of the northern Yellowstone elk population on January 15, 2017. The survey, using three airplanes, was conducted by staff from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the National Park Service.

(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife)

F&W Commission Considers No Wake Rule for Section of Madison

Fri Jan 20 10:23:51 MST 2017

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing to consider restricting motorized boat use of the Madison River to a no wake speed from the North Ennis Lake Bridge to the Madison Dam. The public hearing is set for Feb. 15 at FWP’s regional headquarters in Bozeman (1400 S. 19th Ave.) beginning at 6 p.m.

(Region 3 - Recreation News)

Bozeman Trapper Ed Course Set for Feb. 18

Wed Jan 11 13:18:28 MST 2017

A trapper education class is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Headquarters in Bozeman (1400 South 19th Avenue). The class is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. An adult must accompany youth under 12 years of age. Advance registration is required by contacting Brian Stoner at 406-581-8583.

(Region 3 - Education)