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Smith River float lottery to begin

News from Montana State Parks HELENA – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced that permit applications to float Smith River State Park in 2018 will be available Jan. 2 - Feb. 15. The permit drawing will be held on Thursday, March 1. Celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing, the Smith River is one of Montana’s most sought-after outdoor recreation experiences. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued each year through a lottery. Parties of up to 15 people can float with one permit. A person applying for a Smith River permit must be a minimum of 12 years...


Hunting dates, rules to be discussed

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL – In January, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting four public meetings across northwest Montana to share information and gather input on tentative hunting season dates and rules for the next two years. The statewide proposals are avai...


First ‘Day Hike’ events coming to Montana State Parks

HELENA – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) invites the public to welcome in the New Year with “First Day Hikes” at Montana State Parks on Jan. 1, 2018.  Start your New Year off on the right foot with a First Day Hike at your local state park. Montana State Parks will offer Fir...


Park natural resources manager recognized for excellence Park natural resources manager recognized for excellence

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel has earned the 2017 National Park Service Intermountain Region Director’s Award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resource Stewardship. Biel was recognized for his leadership on...


First ‘Day Hike’ events coming to MT State Parks

HELENA – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) invites the public to welcome in the New Year with “First Day Hikes” at Montana State Parks on Jan. 1, 2018.  Start your New Year off on the right foot with a First Day Hike at your local state park. Montana State Parks will offer Fir...


Biologists identify origin of illegally introduced walleye

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL – Biologists are using an innovative tool in the effort to prevent illegal fish introductions by identifying the source of the species and gaining new information that could catch the individual or individuals responsible. The Montana Departm...


Snow plowing discontinued in state parks

News from Montana State Parks Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced that snow plowing will be discontinued at several state parks in Northwestern Montana beginning Dec. 1. Following budget cuts for fiscal year 2018, winter road maintenance will be discontinued at the West Shore and Big Ar...


Montana Public Radio launches podcast on invasive species threat Montana Public Radio launches podcast on invasive species threat

MISSOULA – Montana was invaded last summer. Not by land, not by air, but by water. A microscopic alien showed up in water samples from the Tiber Reservoir, opening the door to a wide range of potentially devastating impacts for Montana’s fisheries, outdoor enthusiasts and industries. “Su...


Mack Days week six results announced

News from CSKT Natural Resources 2017 Fall Mack Days will end on Nov. 12 after eight weeks of lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake. Up to $150,000 in cash and prizes sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will be awarded on the last day. Six weeks of the event are complete. A total of 1...


PSA hosts shooting competition

News from the Polson Shooters Association POLSON – The Polson Shooters Association (PSA) in conjunction with Mission Tactical Ranch is sponsoring a clinic and handgun competition.  There will be shooting at three venues of multiple targets, for some of the most challenging competition in L...


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