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Northwest Montana
Wetland Management District

Small clouds drift in an otherwise bright blue sky over a wetland.  The wetland is an oasis for waterbirds among a sea of grass.
58355 Bison Range Road
Moiese, MT   59824
E-mail: bisonrange@fws.gov
Phone Number: 406-644-2211
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All the waterfowl production areas in Northwest Montana Wetland Management District are open to hunting, wildlife observation, and photography.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Area schools visit various WPAs for field trips to study birds, wetland wildlife, and water quality.

Fishing is allowed in accordance with applicable state and tribal regulations. Most Lake County WPAs do not support a sport fishery, though Smith Lake WPA and others in Flathead County attract a number of anglers.

The WPAs are open to public hunting of waterfowl and upland game birds in accordance with applicable Federal, state, and tribal regulations. On Lake County WPAs, dogs must be on a leash from April 1 through August 31 and must be under the owner's immediate control at all other times.

Wildlife Observation
Nature observation and wildlife photography are encouraged. Smith Lake and Duck Haven WPAs are listed as a watchable wildlife sites in the Montana Wildlife Viewing Guide. They are considered excellent viewing sites for waterfowl and shorebirds. Also, of scenic interest is the Porter Barn on Blasdel WPA. Located in Flathead County and built in 1909, the barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

All units are open during daylight hours only.

WPAs in Flathead County are closed to all public access from March 1 to July 15 to reduce disturbance to nesting birds.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees charged for access to WPAs.

Use Fees
The Wetland Management District does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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