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About FWP > Regions Region 1 (Northwest Montana)

The northwest corner of Montana is big, wild country defined by pristine lakes and rivers, vast forests, and sprawling mountain ranges. The region is part of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, which represents one of the most intact ecosystems in the world. The expansive landscape is home to a rich diversity of wildlife and nearly all of North America's large mammals, including grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves, lynx, deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.

A large portion of the region is in public ownership, with millions of acres open to hunting and other outdoor recreation activities. 

The wildest rivers in Montana and the most natural lakes are located here, including the largest natural freshwater lake in the West, the 125,000-acre Flathead Lake. There are more than 3,000 miles of fishable stream flowing through the region, providing critical habitat for westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and other fish species.

Frontcountry and backcountry recreation opportunities are abundantly available, such as hiking, camping, riding, and boating.

This region is bound by the Flathead Indian Reservation to the south, Glacier National Park and the U.S.-Canada border to the north, the Montana-Idaho border to the west and spans the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex to the east. 

Regional Reports

Deer & Elk


Bear & Lion


Bighorn Sheep


Wildlife Management Areas




Mountain Goat





What's happening in Region 1

Outdoor news and events in northwest Montana

Fishing in Northwest Montana

Region 1 fishing access site

Access for angling, boating, and other recreation opportunities

Fishing Access Sites 
Blanchard Lake

Northwest Montana is known for its lakes and rivers

Region 1 waterbodies 
Trout in net

Helpful tips and other information on fishing across the region

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Contact FWP Region 1

Region 1 Headquarters

490 North Meridian Road
Kalispell, MT 59901

Phone: (406) 752-5501
Fax: (406) 257-0349

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Libby Area Office

*No license sales or certifications available at this office

385 Fish Hatchery Road
Libby, MT 59923
Phone: (406) 293-4161


Thompson Falls Area Office

*No license sales or certifications available at this office

5427 MT-200
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
Phone: (406) 382-3031

Region 1