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
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold its spring Butte hunter education class beginning April 14 at Highlands College (formerly Montana 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)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet to continue its work on a hunter ethics campaign this Thursday, Mar. 26 at the FWP Regional Office (1400 S. 19th Ave.) from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Region 3 - Councils & Committees News)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will honor the service of its Region 3 Hunter and Bowhunter Education volunteer instructors at the annual workshop held this Saturday at the Holiday Inn-Bozeman.
(Region 3 - Education)
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on a proposed closure of a section of the Big Hole River for public safety reasons associated with the reconstruction of Silver Bridge near Divide, Montana.
(Region 3 - Fishing)
A Madison County couple was sentenced Monday after being convicted of multiple wildlife violations involving the illegal killing of several furbearers, a mountain lion, and an antelope buck.
(Region 3 - Enforcement)