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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

Nature Journaling Workshop in Helena June 14


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW) will offer a nature journaling workshop Sunday, June 14, at the Montana Wild Education Center in Helena, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Region 3 - Education)

National Park Service and State of Montana to hold public meetings to discuss new Bison Management Plan


The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (State) have set the dates for three public scoping meetings in southwest Montana related to the development of a new Yellowstone-area Bison Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Meetings will be held in Bozeman on June 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Gardiner on June 3 at the Gardiner School, and West Yellowstone on June 4 at the Holiday Inn. Each meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and have an identical agenda.

(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife)

Elk Population in the Elkhorns Measured by Air, Phone & Teeth


The Elkhorn Mountain Range – spanning 300,000 acres of west-central Montana –is an area revered by hunters (both locally and around the world) for its trophy bull elk population and public accessibility.

(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife)

Region 3 Open Houses Set to Discuss 2016-2019 Fishing Regulations


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting a number of public open house meetings statewide this month to discuss regulations for the 2016-2019 fishing seasons. In Region 3, meetings have been set for both Bozeman and Butte.

(Region 3 - Fishing)