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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:
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
  • 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
  • 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

Check station data from southwest Montana for the fourth weekend of the general season.
(Region 3 - Hunting - 11/18/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced Friday that Sam Sheppard has been named the new Region 3 Supervisor. Sheppard takes over the role vacated in August by Pat Flowers.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 11/18/2014)
In Region 3, hunters were again met by relatively warm conditions for their deer and elk hunts on Saturday. However, rain and wind moved in on Sunday and that reportedly got some animals moving, giving hunters more opportunity for success on Sunday.
(Region 3 - Hunting - 11/10/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is investigating the illegal take of three elk on the Split Diamond Ranch north of Whitehall recently.
(Region 3 - Enforcement - 11/05/2014)
State Section 16, a piece of land southwest of Emigrant in the Paradise Valley (approximately three miles up Big Creek), was put under emergency closure today because of grizzly bear activity in the area and the presence of a fresh elk carcass immediately adjacent to the trail.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 11/03/2014)