KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved plans to develop a new archery range in the Big Arm unit of Flathead Lake State Park near Polson and purchase 9.3 acres of property next door from Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell to add capacity to the existing archery range.
Both projects will use grants from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson Act), administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which aims to increase public shooting opportunities.
FWP sought public comment on the separate proposals this winter through environmental assessments. Decision notices were recently published and can be viewed online at https://fwp.mt.gov/news/public-notices.
The new archery range would be located on a parcel of Big Arm State Park located on the west side of US Highway 93, directly across from the park’s main entrance. At Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell, FWP is seeking to purchase 9.3 acres of property that would add capacity to the park’s existing archery range.
The Lone Pine State Park Archery Range is the only developed outdoor public archery range in the Flathead Valley. It has become increasingly popular as a place to learn and improve archery skills.
Montana has a growing number of schools participating in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). Over 70 schools are enrolled in the program, and Northwest Montana is growing enrollment with 18 schools/programs enrolled.