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Welcome to FWP Region 4

Region 4 is made up of 12.5 counties in north central Montana with a combined area of 30,677 sq. miles, 19.5 millions acres (about 20.8% of Montana). The Region has a population of about 180,000 people. According to the current highway map there are 94 communities in Region 4 - 26 are incorporated. Close to 50% of the people in Region 4 live in Cascade County. About 8,460 sq. miles or 27.6% of Region 4 is public domain managed by the federal government - 44% by the US Forest Service, 23% by the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Blackfeet Nation and 17% by the Bureau of Land Management. In Region 4 there are 2, 044 sq. miles of School Trust Land (6.7% of Region 4) managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

This region offers the most diverse flora and fauna in Montana - 64 of Montana's 89 fish species; 75 of Montana's 109 mammals; 338 of the state's 389 birds; and 7 of the 14 plants and animals listed as "Threatened" or "Endangered". The region is currently managing populations of all ten of the state's common big game animals.

Region 4 has 63 Fishing Access Sites, 133 lakes and reservoirs totaling over 61,000 acres; 3,700 miles of fishable running water; 2 managed recreation corridors - the Smith & Missouri Rivers; and 17 reservoirs with over 5,000 acre-feet of storage capacity.

Region 4 has 8 Wildlife Management Areas with a total of 94,238 acres. The Region contains the "Rocky Mountain East Front" one of the richest wildlife areas in the U.S. Region 4 monitors four Conservation Easements: Bay Ranch, Paul & Helen Edwards, Harris Land & Cattle, and the Lewis & Clark Heritage Greenway.

In 2004, Region 4 had 116 Block Management Areas (199 contracts) with 984,977 private acres and 441,456 public acres. 1,426,433 acres in Block Management supported 62,730 hunters (about 91,000 hunter days).

The Region 4 Parks Division operates 5 State Parks: Ackley Lake, First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Giant Springs/Heritage - with Sulphur Springs addition, Sluice Boxes, and Tower Rock. Region 4 also runs the 61 miles Smith River Float Program and the Missouri Corridor Recreation Program.

Public Pond Fishing Guide

Recent Region 4 News

Sun River FAS Closed Due to High Water

Fri May 18 13:47:41 MDT 2018

Medicine River Fishing Access Site on the Sun River just downstream of the town of Sun River has been closed due to high water.

(Region 4 - Flood, Drought & Fire)

Water, Water, Everywhere

Fri May 18 09:14:54 MDT 2018

Water, water, everywhere. You don’t have to be an ancient mariner to see we have plenty of water around us. People are filling sandbags, checking flood insurance policies or waiting for fields to dry up so they can plant.

(Region 4 - by Bruce Auchly)

Meeting on Grizzly Bears Set for Loma

Mon May 14 11:28:24 MDT 2018

Prairie grizzly bears and their management by Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be the topic of a May 22 public meeting in Loma.

(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife)

Missouri River FAS Closed Due to High Water

Thu May 10 11:11:26 MDT 2018

Mid Canon Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River about halfway between Helena and Great Falls has been closed due to high water.

(Region 4 - Flood, Drought & Fire)

Region 4 WMAs Open May 15

Mon May 07 12:03:27 MDT 2018

All Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 Wildlife Management Areas will open to the public at noon, May 15.

(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife)