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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.

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Recent Region 4 News

Lake Frances Reopened to All Recreation

Fri Sep 15 12:24:41 MDT 2017

Lake Frances next to the town of Valier in Pondera County was reopened 12:01 a.m., Sept. 15, to all public recreation.

(Region 4 - Drought & Fire)

Smith River Reopens to Fishing

Fri Sep 15 11:01:35 MDT 2017

Fishing restrictions on the Smith River were lifted at 12:01 a.m., Sept. 15, according to Fish, Wildlife and Parks policy.

(Region 4 - Fishing)

Fire Suppression Forces Closure of Lake Frances

Tue Sep 12 12:24:56 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has closed Lake Frances by Valier in Pondera County for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight several fires on the Rocky Mountain Front.

(Region 4 - Drought & Fire)

Thank a Hunter or Bowhunter Education Instructor

Thu Sep 07 10:55:41 MDT 2017

This fall, like every autumn, thousands of first time hunters will safely hit the Montana landscape, all because someone volunteered the time to teach them properly.

(Region 4 - Education)

Sun River to Reopen to Fishing

Thu Sep 07 09:30:48 MDT 2017

Fishing restrictions on the Sun River were lifted at 2 p.m., Sept. 1, state fisheries officials have announced.

(Region 4 - Fishing)