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Welcome to FWP Region 5
Region 5
  • FWP Region 5 Office

  • 2300 Lake Elmo Drive
  • Billings, MT 59105
  • Phone: (406) 247-2940
  • Fax: (406) 248-5026
  • E-mail:
  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
Driving Directions:

From Highway 87, or Main St. Turn west on Wicks Lane. Lake Elmo Dr. is the first street. Turn right (north). The office is 1 mile north of Wicks Lane at Lake Elmo State Park.

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 five 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.

Recent Region 5 News

Windy, cold weather over the weekend kept many south central Montana hunter home and limited the success of those who went to the field.
(Region 5 - Hunting - 11/24/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally and left to waste along Hillcrest Road south of Billings on Nov. 12.
(Region 5 - Enforcement - 11/17/2014)
The number of hunters and the percentage of sportsmen who harvested animals remained strong over the weekend in south central Montana, despite challenging weather conditions.
(Region 5 - Hunting - 11/17/2014)
The number of hunters who stopped at south central Montana check stations – and the percentage of hunters with animals – generally were very low during the second weekend of the 2014 general big-game season.
(Region 5 - Hunting - 11/03/2014)
Weather in south central Montana played a big role in the opening day of the 2014 general big game season.
(Region 5 - Hunting - 10/30/2014)