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Fishing closed on Mission Reservoir

News from CSKT Natural Resources PABLO — On Aug. 28, 2023, the CSKT Natural Resources Department Water Monitoring & Measurement Program observed that water levels at Mission Reservoir had dropped to a point that raised safety concerns for the local fish populations and overall fisheries ecosystem. After review of the situation, the CSKT Tribal Council, in accordance with its authority to preserve and protect the health and quality of Tribal fisheries, will close the Mission Reservoir to all fishing activities until water levels reach established marks. The closure does not prevent other recreational activities at the Mission Reservoir such as swimming. However, the public ...


Hunter education classes offered in NW Montana

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Hunter education courses are scheduled in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, and Eureka. Registration is free and available at: https://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education. Dates, locations and specific instructions for each class, as well as con...


Bison Range to auction 30 bison in October Bison Range to auction 30 bison in October

News from CSKT Natural Resources Dept. FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will be conducting a capture event in October at the CSKT Bison Range to pull surplus bison as a means to keep genetic diversity high and capacity within Bison Range long-term goal for the rem...


What’s to blame for too little water in Flathead Lake: climate or mismanagement?  What’s to blame for too little water in Flathead Lake: climate or mismanagement? 

RONAN — The amount of water flowing into Flathead Lake peaked both lower and earlier than normal this year, frustrating those accustomed to the lake’s reliably clean, clear water for recreation, irrigation and power generation through the summer.  The dam-managed lake at the headwaters of...


Keep aquatic invasive species prevention in mind

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — So far this year, FWP and its partners have inspected 66,000 watercraft for aquatic invasive species. Of those, 35 were mussel-fouled and more than 200 were found with aquatic weeds. FWP and partner agencies, which include tribes, counties and co...


FWP wins multiple national communication awards 

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — The Association for Conservation Information awarded Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks top honors in two communications categories at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, on July 27. FWP took first place in...


Antelope drawing results now available

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA – The drawing for antelope licenses is complete. There are a few ways to get your drawing results. Visit: fwp.mt.gov, click on MyFWP Login in the upper righthand corner, then click on “Lookup Draw Results, Register for Lists” tab on the...


Numerous wildfires burn throughout county, reservation Numerous wildfires burn throughout county, reservation

News from CSKT Division of Fire FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Though cooler weekend weather and rains have helped suppression efforts, several large wildfires continue to burn on the Flathead Reservation.  The Big Knife Wildfire, discovered on July 24, was started by lightning and has burned 4,86...


Bison Range’s Red Sleep Drive to close at 1 p.m

News from CSKT Natural Resources Department BISON RANGE — With fire season in full force and Stage 2 fire restriction in place, the CSKT Bison Range has decided to take extra precautions due to the extremely dry conditions and will begin closing the two-hour Red Sleep drive at 1 p.m. This precauti...


Stage 2 fire restrictions in effect

News from CSKT Division of Fire FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Hot, dry conditions and lack of precipitation forecasted prompted wildland fire officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire to raise the fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to extreme.  Extre...


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