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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

Region 3 (SW Montana) - Check Station Data for Weekend 1

Mon Oct 23 12:52:33 MDT 2017

Hunters took to the field in southwest Montana in great numbers over the opening weekend of the general season for deer and elk. Check stations from around the region had hunters reporting muddy and tough conditions in some places due to rain, and high winds throughout most of the weekend. A total of 3556 hunters were checked by staff and volunteers in Region 3.

(Region 3 - Hunting)

Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

Thu Oct 19 15:39:46 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.

(Region 3 - Enforcement)


Mon Sep 25 11:23:08 MDT 2017

(BOZEMAN, Mont.)—With criteria being met under the drought management plan, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will reopen the last remaining closed section of the Big Hole River to fishing effective Tuesday.

(Region 3 - Drought & Fire)