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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 Seeks Applicants for Citizens Advisory Committee


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking applicants to fill several volunteer positions on the Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC). FWP is interested in selecting members from a pool of candidates who represent a variety of interests and communities within the region. Terms will begin in 2017.

(Region 3 - Councils & Committees News)

Boat Access Unlikely at Canyon Ferry Ponds for Waterfowl Opener


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is alerting hunters to low water levels in Ponds 2, 3, and 4 on the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area for the youth waterfowl season (Sept. 24-25) and for the general waterfowl opener on October 1.

(Region 3 - Hunting)

Boat Ramp at Varney FAS to Close Temporarily


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is alerting the public to the temporary closure of the boat ramp at Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site south of Ennis on the Madison River for construction. The closure will go into effect Wednesday, Sept. 21 and remain in place until about Oct. 12 when it is estimated the project will be completed.

(Region 3 - Fishing)

FWP Lifts Restrictions on Another Section of the Big Hole


Effective immediately, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is lifting the fishing closure on the Big Hole River from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks’ Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site to Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site.

(Region 3 - Fishing)