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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: fwprg3@mt.gov
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
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  • 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
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  • 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

On Wednesday, July 16, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks relocated an 8-year-old male grizzly bear responsible for killing a young cow in the Red Lodge area Sunday to the Upper Gallatin area north of Yellowstone National Park.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 07/17/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold its fall Butte hunter education class beginning August 12 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 - 07/17/2014)
The 2014 fall Dillon Area Hunter Education course will be held at the Dillon Middle School on August 18, 19, 20 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and August 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The field day will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Dillon Rifle and Pistol Club Range. Online registration is required.
(Region 3 - Education - 07/17/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at its regional headquarters in Bozeman on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Certification is required for all would-be wolf trappers in the state of Montana. Individuals that have been certified in years past do not need to take the class again.
(Region 3 - Education - 07/17/2014)