New Fees for Flathead Reservation
By angelamontana

Posted: February 4, 2022

This is a pretty big deal for people who are not members of CSKT, as the Flathead Reservation hunting, fishing and recreation fees have increased significantly.  However, note that you can still fish the south end of Flathead  Lake for a total fee of $21 if you are a resident of Montana.

Take a look at the new fees that were approved on January 4, 2022 and will be effective March 1, 2022:

Ordinance 44D Bird Hunting, Fishing and Recreation Regulations 

For Non-Members of the CSKT Proposed Changes for March 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023 

The following items are proposed changes or new additions for the annual 44D regulations for all non-members of the CSKT:

Part 1, 2022-23 Reservation Licensing, Section 1. Form of Licenses and Duplicates 

  • Camping Stamp 18 and Older: For all categories of residences – increase camping stamp cost from $20 to $100.
  • Residents of the Reservation: Increase annual Conservation License from $20 to $40, increase Disabled License from $17 to $37. Non-Residents of the Reservation: Increase annual Conservation License for both age categories from $23 to $100, increase 3-Day Conservation License from $19 to $80, increase 3-Day Combined Conservation/Fishing License to $105, increase the Disabled License from $17 to $100.
  • Non-Residents of the State of Montana: Increase annual Conservation License for both age categories from $26 to $100, increase 3-Day Conservation License from $19 to $80, increase 1-Day Combined Conservation /Fishing License to $80, increase 3-Day Conservation/Fishing License to $146, increase Disabled License from $17 to $100.

Part III, Bird Hunting, Section 1. Item N. 

  • Add “Safe Harbor Marsh” to listing of prohibited Hunting areas.

Part IV, Recreation Regulations, Section 2. C. 

  • New (6) Twin Lakes Recreation Area
  • New (7) Hog Heaven Range & Chief Cliff Area, described as: All tribally owned lands west of Highway 93 from the Reservation northern boundary to the intersection of Highway 28, and lands north of said intersection and following Highway 28 westerly to the intersection of the Brown’s Meadow Road, and lands east of the Brown’s Meadow Road (or all tribally owned lands served or accessed by the Hog Heaven forest tribal road system (H-1000 to H-4000 numbered tribal forest roads).
  • New (8) Portion of the North Salish Range known as Irvine Lookout Area, described as: All tribally owned forested and range lands served or accessed by the Irvine forest tribal road system (1-1000 to 1-6000 numbered tribal forest roads) Part IV, Recreation Regulations, Section 7. B. 3.
  • Add “Safe Harbor Marsh” to listing of prohibited boat or floatation devices water bodies.

Part IV, Recreation Regulations 

  • Add new Section 8, titled “Bison Range Special Regulations” with the following items: 
  1. The Bison Range is a pay to enter daily fee use area, all visitors are required to secure a respective day use pass or annual pass.
  2. All activities are restricted to daylight hours only, additional use hours and days may be determined by current weather and road conditions. Please check entrance areas and visitor center for open use times and days.
  3. Large vehicles over 30 feet long and those towing trailers, along with motorcycles, ATV, UTVs, and bicycles are not allowed on Red Sleep Drive or Prairie Drive.
  4. The use of motorized vehicles off designated open roads is prohibited.
  5. All passengers are required to be seated inside of enclosed passenger vehicles while the vehicle is in motion. Passengers are not allowed to ride in the bed of a pickup truck vehicle.
  6. Impeding vehicle traffic while parked is prohibited.
  7. Walking away from your personal vehicle is only allowable at the visitor center area, on designated foot trails, picnic areas, at sanitation stations and in designated fishing areas.
  8. Approaching animals on foot is prohibited at all times. Persons must remain at least 100 yards (91m) away from bears, wolves and mountain lions, and at least 25 yards (23m) away from all other animals including bison, deer and elk.
  9. All pets must be on a leash and under control at all times.
  10. The use of drones is prohibited unless authorized by Tribal Council.
  11. 11.Engaging in any hunting or related activities and the carrying, possessing, or utilizing the following items is prohibited: firearms, cross bows, bows and arrows, air guns, spears, gigs, fireworks, explosives or other weapons is prohibited unless authorized by the Tribal Council.
  12. 12. Disturbing, injuring, killing, poisoning, destroying, collecting or attempting to disturb, destroy or collect any plant, animal or parts thereof (I.e. antlers) is prohibited, unless authorized by the Tribal Council.
  13. 13. Visitors must comply with all special use regulations posted on site.

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