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Welcome to FWP Region 4
Region 4
  • FWP Region 4 Headquarters

  • 4600 Giant Springs Road
  • Great Falls, MT 59405
  • Phone: (406) 454-5840
  • Fax: (406) 761-8477
  • E-mail: fwprg42@mt.gov
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
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  • Lewistown Area Resource Office

  • 215 W Aztec Drive
  • P.O. Box 938
  • Lewistown, MT 59457
  • Phone: (406) 538-4658
  • Fax: (406) 538-3249
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

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; two managed recreation corridors - the Smith & Missouri Rivers; and 17 reservoirs with over 5,000 acre-feet of storage capacity.

Region 4 has eight 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 five 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.

Recent Region 4 News

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft environmental statement proposing the development of a new fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek in the Helena Valley.
(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife - 08/28/2014)
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has lifted fishing restrictions on three central Montana rivers in the wake of recent rains and cooler weather.
(Region 4 - Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 08/28/2014)
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has lifted fishing restrictions on three central Montana rivers in the wake of recent rains and cooler weather.
(Region 4 - Drought & Fire - 08/28/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to exchange 35.9 acres of the Marias River Wildlife Management Area with the Marias River Bird Preserve, the adjacent landowner on the southwest boundary of the WMA, for 76.7 acres the Preserve owns along that boundary.
(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife - 08/05/2014)