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Welcome to FWP Region 5

Bordered by the Beartooth and Crazy mountains in the southwest and the prairies to the east, Region 5 is a land of contrast.

The area's 5 state parks offer opportunities from visiting archaeological sites, to boating and fishing, blacktailed prairie dog viewing, and an exploration of the home of the last chief of the Crow Indians.

Recreation opportunities abound on the Yellowstone, Stillwater, Bighorn, and Boulder Rivers. Fisherman cast their lines for Yellowstone cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout; smallmouth bass; and channel catfish. Boaters enjoy a leisurely float or maneuver the class IV rapids on the Stillwater River.

A variety of upland game birds, deer, and antelope on the prairies to the east, and bear and elk in the mountains offers a diversity of hunting opportunities.

Hikers in the vast Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness enjoy the scenery and abundant wildlife including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, elk, and bears. An array of high mountain lakes offers beautiful vistas and fishing holes for cutthroat, rainbow, brook, and golden trout.

Bighorn Lake Live Bait Fish Import Permit

This permit allows anglers to legally transport live bait fish across the Wyoming state line into Montana for use while fishing the Montana portion of Bighorn Lake. Live bait fish may be obtained from a licensed bait dealer in Wyoming authorized to sell bait fish for use in the Wind/Bighorn Drainage in Wyoming or with a Wyoming seining/trapping permit valid for the waters listed on the permit. This permit also allows Montana anglers to transport legally obtained live bait fish from Montana down through Wyoming and back into Montana for use in the Montana portion of Bighorn Lake as long as the import restrictions on the permit are followed.

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Recent Region 5 News

Archery instructor certification class set for October

Tue Sep 12 14:48:36 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold an archery instructor certification class Oct. 19 in Hardin for physical education teachers, after-school instructors and adult coaches

(Region 5 - Education)

Bear cubs sent to rehab center after separation from mother

Wed Sep 06 10:36:11 MDT 2017

Two small black bear cubs were sent to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks rehabilitation center in Helena Tuesday after they were separated from their mother near Harlowton.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP tightens fire restrictions in Stillwater County

Tue Sep 05 13:12:06 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ ban campfires and restrictions on smoking and other activities at its properties in Stillwater County will get stricter starting Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, because of wildfire danger.

(Region 5 - Drought & Fire)

FWP tightens fire restrictions in Carbon County, Cooney State Park

Fri Sep 01 10:01:41 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ ban on campfires and restrictions on smoking and other activities at its properties in Carbon County will get stricter starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, because of wildfire danger. The added restrictions will not go into effect until after the long Labor Day holiday weekend.

(Region 5 - Drought & Fire)