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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

The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) will hold its fall meeting in Bozeman, Montana on October 29, 2014 and invites the public to attend. Often the YES Meetings are spread over two days, but this year the meeting has consolidated to one day.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/16/2014)
Anglers report seeing dead brown trout in the Big Hole River near Melrose in southwest Montana. The fish are noted to have a fungal infection known as saprolegnia.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/14/2014)
An adult grizzly bear was euthanized Tuesday at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ state laboratory in Bozeman in response to its history of conflict and poor physical condition. The bear, a 28-year-old male, had been captured in the Jardine area of southern Park County Monday after attempting to break into a building that housed tack and horse grain.
(Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 10/08/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters of the importance of reading and understanding current hunting regulations.
(Region 3 - Hunting - 09/30/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today it will delay the release of an environmental assessment associated with a draft Madison River Recreation Plan given both funding and staffing uncertainties.
(Region 3 - Recreation - 09/25/2014)