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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

State and federal agencies along with the Beartooth Alliance have set a meeting for July 31, 2014, to discuss fisheries management projects on Soda Butte Creek near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
(Region 5 - Fishing - 07/24/2014)
— Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has banned campfires and restricted other fires at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Yellowstone and Carbon counties.
(Region 5 - Public Lands Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings - 07/22/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of those who illegally killed two deer south of Roundup Sunday night.
(Region 5 - Enforcement - 07/18/2014)
Online registration is open for a compressed August hunter education course in Billings. The class runs Aug. 7-9 at Billings Rod and Gun Club.
(Region 5 - Education - 07/17/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will use a helicopter in the Crazy Mountains next week for backcountry lake survey and monitoring work.
(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife - 07/17/2014)