• Protect the recreational resources that are important to the sustenance, cultural enrichment and economic diversity of the Tribes.
  • Maintain and monitor tribal recreation resources (i.e. wilderness and primitive areas, developed recreation sites and Flathead River corridor) with appropriate management activities.
  • Increase recreational opportunities with development projects through land use management plans and mitigation plans.
  • Promote outdoor recreation conservation practices through visitor education outreach programs and mass media venues. 
  • Administer management plans and coordinate activities affecting the quality of recreational experiences or the amount, timing and distribution of use. 

Recreational Opportunities:

  • All recreational activities on Tribal owned lands require a non-member person over the age of 11 to purchase a Tribal Conservation Permit.
  • All non-members must have on their person; whenever engaged in recreation activities on Tribally owned lands of the Reservation, a valid Flathead Reservation Use Permit, and any additional bird, fishing, or camping stamps as required. Certain Tribal campgrounds and recreation areas may have special regulations, which are posted, on site.
  • The Tribes reserve the right to post Tribal lands and waters for additional regulations and restrictions not contained herein pertaining to environmental protection, conservation, public safety and regulation pursuant to recommendations of the Tribal Natural Resources Department.
  • See "Flathead Indian Reservation Fishing, Bird Hunting and Recreation Regulations of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks" for a full list of applicable regulations.

Pack it in, Pack it out

This common saying is a simple yet effective way to get visitors to take their trash home with them. There is no reason why people cannot carry out of the backcountry the extra food and packaging materials that they carried in with them in the first place. Trash and litter at recreational areas ranks high as a problem in the minds of many visitors. Trash and litter are human impacts that can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area. Trash receptacles are not provided in backcountry areas as they can become an attractant for wildlife.


Numerous projects were completed to provide recreational, fishing, and bird hunting opportunities on the Reservation. The program also continued trail and campground maintenance.


Vandalism is a serious problem. Last year, the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Conservation spent considerable resources to repair damage to Tribal land, structures, and resources as a direct result of vandalism. If you observe vandalism-taking place, please call 675-4700.

Off-Road Motorized Vehicle Use, Motorcycles, ATVs, and Snowmobiles:

Operating motorized vehicles off of authorized roadways is prohibited. For this purpose an authorized roadway is defined as a route specifically built as authorized by the Tribes for the purpose of motor vehicle use.

Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness: 

The Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness is located on the western slopes of the Mission Range. The area covers approximately 91,778 acres1. It is roughly 34 miles long and five miles wide. Elevations range from four thousand to nearly ten thousand feet.