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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

Lower Ruby Fishing Restriction Lifted

08/25/2016

Effective immediately, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting the hoot-owl fishing restrictions on the Ruby River from Duncan District Road to the confluence with the Beaverhead River.

(Region 3 - Fishing)

Alert: Keep Pets Away from Decomposing Fish

08/24/2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is urging the public to keep pets out of contact with fish carcasses along the banks of the Yellowstone River. While the parasite associated with this fish kill has not been shown to cause health problems in humans or pets, bacteria or other harmful materials associated with decomposing fish could sicken pets.

(Region 3 - Fishing)

Yellowstone River Fish Kill Public Meeting Advisory

08/23/2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Park County Fairgrounds in Livingston to address questions about the Yellowstone River fish kill and closure.

(Region 3 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings)