Regional designations of Montana

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The U.S state of Montana is a large geographical area (147,046 square miles (380,850 km2)) that includes portions of the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Hudson's Bay watersheds, is split by the Continental Divide and is approximately 545 miles (877 km) east to west along the Canadian border and 320 miles (510 km) north to south. Historically and officially, this large state has been divided up into a variety of distinct regions. Additionally, Montana is part of a number of larger federal government administrative regions. This is a List of regional designations (official and historical) of Montana.

Historical designations[edit]

Official state regions[edit]

Tourism regions[edit]

The Montana Official Travel Site ( has designated six distinct regions in the state for travel promotion.[3]

Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks regions[edit]

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has designated seven administrative regions for the purposes of fish, wildlife and parks management. [10]

Federal government regions[edit]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service[edit]

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service includes Montana in the Mountain-Prairie region which includes Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. [18]

Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies[edit]

Montana east of the continental divide, along with Wyoming makes up the Rocky Mountain Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) which includes the following Indian agencies in Montana.[19]

The Flathead Agency is in the BIA Northwest Region and services the Flathead Indian Reservation in Lake, Sanders, Missoula, and Flathead counties.

Bureau of Land Management[edit]

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) includes Montana with North and South Dakota in its Montana-Dakotas region. The BLM administers Montana through nine regional field offices. [26]

  • Billings office
  • Butte office
  • Dillon office
  • Glasgow office
  • Havre office
  • Lewistown office
  • Malta office
  • Miles City office
  • Missoula office

National Weather Service[edit]

Montana is part of the Western Region of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS maintains four regional offices in Montana.[27]

  • Billings
  • Glasgow
  • Great Falls
  • Missoula

Social Security Administration[edit]

Montana is included in the Denver Region of the Social Security Administration along with Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.[28]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers[edit]

Montana is included in the Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division.[29]


  1. ^ Vichorek, Daniel N. (1993). The Hi-Line, Profiles of a Montana Land. Helena, Montana: American World and Geographic Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 1-56037-021-1. 
  2. ^ Rees, Tony (2007). Arc of the Medicine Line-Mapping the World's Longest Undefended Border Across the Western Plains. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-8032-1791-1. 
  3. ^ "Montana Official Travel Site-Regions". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Custer Country, Montana". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Glacier Country, Montana". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Gold West Country Communities". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Montana's Missouri River Country". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Montana's Russell Country-Area Map". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Montana's Yellowstone Country-Map of Region". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Fish and Wildlife Regions". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  11. ^ "FWP Region 1". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  12. ^ "FWP Region 2". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  13. ^ "FWP Region 3". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  14. ^ "FWP Region 4". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  15. ^ "FWP Region 5". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  16. ^ "FWP Region 6". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  17. ^ "FWP Region 7". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  18. ^ "Mountain-Prairie Region". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  19. ^ "Indian Affairs-Rocky Mountain Region". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  20. ^ "Blackfeet Agency". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  21. ^ "Crow Agency". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  22. ^ "Fort Belknap Agency". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  23. ^ "Fort Peck Agency". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  24. ^ "Northern Cheyenne Agency". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  25. ^ "Rocky Boy's Agency". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  26. ^ "Montana-Dakotas". U.S. Department of Interior. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  27. ^ "NOAA NWS Offices and Centers". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  28. ^ "Denver Region". Social Security Administration. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  29. ^ "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Northwestern Division". Retrieved 2011-06-11.