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CSKT land recreation closures

Posted at 8:51 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 00:25:09-04


On July 1st, 2020, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Council took action to modify the current Resolution to allow all people who reside on the Flathead Indian Reservation (FIR) full return of access and use of Tribal lands, including campgrounds and recreation lands managed by The Tribal Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation. “This action is effective immediately and will remain in effect, until revoked.”

All restrictions for non-residents of the Flathead Reservation, will remain in place. On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 the Tribal Council passed a resolution to temporarily suspend recreation on tribal land to non-residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation, in response to the Covid-19 virus.

All residents of the FIR are required to present proper permits and current identification with proof of residency. Tribal conservation permits are required for individuals 12 years of age and older. Fishing permits are also required for non-member residents 14 years of age and older, both can be purchased on-line. Please visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website @

The Tribal Wildlife Management Program highly encourages people to carry bear spray while recreating. Bear spray should be readily accessible and the user should know how to use it.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Natural Resources Department asks that community residents tread lightly while recreating on Tribal land. During the “shelter in place” order, outdoor recreation is one of very few activities allowed, as long as social distancing is implemented. We remind the public that Tribal Game Wardens are working regular shifts and will be out patrolling daily. For more information contact the CS&KT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation & Conservation @ 406-883-2888.

CORRECTION: An early report listed closures that have now been updated.