List of Montana state parks

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Montana State Parks (Hover mouse over pog to popup clickable link)

This is a list of state parks and reserves in the Montana state park system, in the United States.

State park protected area managed at the federated state level

State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states, and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian state of Victoria. The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium, is provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.

Montana State of the United States of America

Montana is a state in the Northwestern United States. Montana has several nicknames, although none are official, including "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently "The Last Best Place".

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Current parks

NameImageCountySizeEstab-
lished [1]
Lake / riverRemarks
acresha
Ackley Lake State Park Judith Basin 2901201940Ackley Lake
Anaconda Smelter Stack State Park
Anaconda Stack.jpg
Deer Lodge 124.91986noneThe park cannot actually be accessed, but only viewed from a distance.
Bannack State Park
Abandoned hotel, Bannack MT 2007.jpg
Beaverhead 1,5296191954Grasshopper CreekThe well-preserved ghost town of a one-time territorial capital.
Beaverhead Rock State Park
"The overland stage road between Ogden and Helena crossing the Beaver Head River at Point of Rocks ... by means of a pla - NARA - 520085.jpg
Madison 71291975 Beaverhead River
Beavertail Hill State Park
BeavertailHillStateParkview.JPG
Missoula 65261968 Clark Fork
Big Arm State Park Lake 217881966 Flathead Lake Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
Black Sandy State Park Lewis and Clark 43171980 Hauser Reservoir
Brush Lake State Park Sheridan 4501802004Brush LakeThere are no fish in this lake due to the mineral makeup of the water.
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
Plenty Coups Home NPS (1997).jpg
Big Horn 195791961Pryor Creek
Clark's Lookout State Park Beaverhead 72.81985 Beaverhead River
Cooney State Park Carbon 3091251970 Cooney Reservoir
Council Grove State Park Missoula 187761978Clark Fork River
Elkhorn State Park
Elkhorn ghost town 29.jpg
Jefferson 10.401980none
Finley Point State Park
View of Flathead Lake (14540687703).jpg
Lake 28111965 Flathead Lake Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
FIrst People's Buffalo Jump.jpg
Cascade 1,4815991972noneFormerly Ulm Pishkun State Park
Fish Creek State Park Mineral 6,2002,5002010Fish Creek
Fort Owen State Park
Npnht-bitteroot-stevensville-montana-fort-owen-state-park-april-17-2012-rogermpeterson-001 (7166419607).jpg
Ravalli 20.811956Mill Creek
Frenchtown Pond State Park Missoula 41171972Frenchtown Pond
Giant Springs State Park
Giant Springs03.JPG
Cascade 6752731972Missouri River and Roe River
Granite Ghost Town State Park
Granite1895.jpg
Granite 10.401975noneAbandoned 1890s silver boomtown.
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park (9277701198).jpg
Sweet Grass 98401974none
Hell Creek State Park
Hell Creek State Park.jpg
Garfield 3371361966 Fort Peck Lake
Lake Elmo State Park
BIllings, Montana Lake Elmo.JPG
Yellowstone 183741983Lake Elmo
Lake Mary Ronan State Park
Lake Mary Ronan.jpg
Lake 120491967 Flathead Lake
Les Mason State Park Flathead 83.21983Whitefish Lake
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
From the mouth of the Lewis and Clark Caverns.jpg
Jefferson 2,9201,1801935none
Logan State Park Lincoln 187.31967Middle Thompson Lake
Lone Pine State Park Flathead 2511021941none
Lost Creek State Park
LostCreekStateParkMontana.JPG
Deer Lodge 5022031957Lost Creek
Milltown State Park Missoula6252532012Clark Fork and Blackfoot
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park
Madison Buffalo Jump, Logan, Montana.jpg
Gallatin 6382581966none
Makoshika State Park
Makoshika view.jpg
Dawson 11,6344,7081953none
Marias River State Park Toole 2,0118142009 [2] Marias River
Medicine Rocks State Park
Medicine Rocks State Park.jpg
Carter 3301301957none
Missouri Headwaters State Park
MadisionJeffersonConfluence.jpg
Gallatin 5322151947 Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers
North Shore State Park Flathead 16065n/aFlathead Lake
Painted Rocks State Park Ravalli 239.31963Painted Rocks Reservoir, Bitterroot River
Pictograph Cave State Park
PcaveRockFormations.JPG
Yellowstone 93381969none
Pirogue Island State Park Custer 210851982 Yellowstone River
Placid Lake State Park
Placid Lake.jpg
Powell 31131977Placid Lake
Rosebud Battlefield State Park
RosebudBattlefield4.jpg
Big Horn 3,0521,2351978none
Salmon Lake State Park Missoula 42171977Salmon Lake, Clearwater River
Sluice Boxes State Park
Sluice Boxes State Park.jpg
Cascade 1,4515871974Belt Creek
Smith River State Park
Rafting the Smith River (14225179534).jpg
Meagher 10.401960 Smith River 59-mile (95 km) segment of the river with only one public put-in and one public take-out for the entire stretch.
Spring Meadow Lake State Park Lewis and Clark 61251981Spring Meadow Lake
Thompson Falls State Park
ClarkForkRiveratThompsonFallsStatePark.JPG
Sanders 36151960 Clark Fork, Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Tongue River Reservoir State Park
TongueRiverReservoir.jpg
Big Horn 6422601983Tongue River Reservoir
Tower Rock State Park
Tower Rock and State Park 01.jpg
Cascade 140572004Near Missouri River
Travelers' Rest State Park
Traveler's Rest State Park view of mountains 2 20121228.JPG
Missoula 41172001Lolo Creek
Wayfarers State Park Lake 67271969 Flathead Lake Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
West Shore State Park Lake 129521955 Flathead Lake Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
Whitefish Lake State Park
Whitefish Lake State Park Montana.JPG
Flathead 104.01960Whitefish Lake
Wild Horse Island State Park Lake 2,1648761977 Flathead Lake Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
Yellow Bay State Park
Yellow Bay IMG 6260.jpg
Lake 156.11941 Flathead Lake, Yellow Bay CreekUnit of Flathead Lake State Park

Former state parks

Parker Homestead State Park in Jefferson County reverted to private ownership in 2010.

Parker Homestead State Park is a former Montana state park located in southeastern Jefferson County, near Three Forks, Montana in the United States. It is eight miles west of Three Forks on Montana Highway 2. The park is just 1-acre (4,000 m2) in size and serves to preserve a sod-roofed log cabin that was built in the early 1900s. The cabin is very similar to many of the first homes built by the settlers of frontier Montana. In a cost-saving measure, the Montana state park commission let its lease on the park expire on January 1, 2010 and the homestead reverted to private ownership.

Jefferson County, Montana County in the United States

Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,406. Its county seat is Boulder. The county was created in 1865 and named for President Thomas Jefferson.

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Elkhorn, Montana Census-designated place in Montana, United States

Elkhorn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, Montana, United States, in the Elkhorn Mountains of the southwestern part of the state. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 10. The community is considered a ghost town, and two of its buildings are preserved as Elkhorn State Park.

Bannack, Montana gold mine

Bannack is a ghost town in Beaverhead County, Montana, United States, located on Grasshopper Creek, approximately 11 miles (18 km) upstream from where Grasshopper Creek joins with the Beaverhead River south of Dillon. Founded in 1862, the town contemporarily operates as a National Historic Landmark and is managed by the state of Montana as Bannack State Park.

Pictograph Cave (Billings, Montana)

Pictograph Cave is an area of three caves located 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Billings, Montana, United States, preserved and protected in the 23-acre (9.3 ha) Pictograph Cave State Park.

Beaverhead Rock Rock formation in Montana, USA

Beaverhead Rock, also known as Point of Rocks, is a rock formation overlooking the Beaverhead River in Montana protected as Beaverhead Rock State Park. It is located on Montana State Highway 41, twelve miles (19 km) south of Twin Bridges, Madison County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The site may be viewed and photographed from a distance, but is not directly accessible.

Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park is the largest of Montana's state parks at more than 11,000 acres (45 km²). It is located to the east-southeast of Glendive. The park encompasses badlands containing dinosaur fossils and rock from the Hell Creek Formation. Fossils from dinosaurs such as Triceratops are found there. In 1997, a fossil Thescelosaurus was found at Makoshika by an expedition led by Jack Horner and Bob Harmon. Birds such as turkey vultures, prairie falcons and eagles make their homes here.

Granite, Montana ghost town in Granite County, Montana, United States

Granite is a ghost town in Granite County, Montana, United States, three miles east of the town of Philipsburg. Granite thrived as a silver mining town in the 1890s and is now completely deserted.The state of Montana maintains the mine superintendent's house and the ruins of the union hall as Granite Ghost Town State Park.

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park is a Montana state park located seven miles south of the Interstate 90 interchange at Logan in Gallatin County, Montana in the United States. The park preserves a canyon cliff used by Native Americans as a buffalo jump, where herds of bison were stampeded over the cliff as an efficient means of slaughter. The main geographic features of the jump site remain largely unchanged since the days of the jumps. Archaeologists have found tons of bison bones buried at the base of the cliffs. They have also uncovered the remains of tipi villages.

Lake Elmo State Park state park of Montana, United States

Lake Elmo State Park is a public recreation area located on the northeast side of Billings, Montana. The state park occupies 123 acres (50 ha) and is at an elevation of 3,199 feet (975 m). It offers non-motorized boating on a 64-acre (26 ha) reservoir, three beach-front areas, fishing pier, grassed multi-use areas, two group-use shelters, playground, and fenced-in dog park on the lake's west side.

Black Sandy State Park

Black Sandy State Park, located 15 miles (24 km) north of Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County, is a Montana state park on the shores of Hauser Lake, which is formed by Hauser Dam.

Cooney State Park

Cooney State Park is a public recreation area bordering Cooney Reservoir, fourteen miles (23 km) south of Columbus in Carbon County, Montana. The state park occupies 309 acres (125 ha) on three sides of the reservoir, a 1,078-acre (436 ha) impoundment of Red Lodge Creek completed in 1937. The park offers boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and camping.

Brush Lake State Park state park in Montana

Brush Lake State Park is a public recreation area located four miles east of the community of Dagmar, Montana. The park surrounds three sides of the highly alkaline, 280-acre (110 ha), sixty-foot-deep Brush Lake.

Clarks Lookout State Park

Clark's Lookout State Park is a Montana state park located one mile north of the community of Dillon. The 8-acre (3.2 ha) park encompasses the hill overlooking the Beaverhead River that William Clark climbed on August 13, 1805, during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. From the vantage point, Clark took various compass readings and sketched a map of the Beaverhead Valley. The park offers picnicking, interpretive signage, and a chance to make the climb that Clark made and stand where he stood.

Big Arm State Park

Big Arm State Park is a Montana state park that is a unit of Flathead Lake State Park near Big Arm, Montana. Big Arm State Park is located on the western shores of Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Recreational activities available in the park include fishing, boating, camping, swimming, and more. The campground has seven tent sites and 41 RV sites.

Council Grove State Park

Council Grove State Park is a history-oriented, public recreation area located eight miles (13 km) northwest of Missoula in Missoula County, Montana. The site of the park hosted the signing on July 16, 1855, of the Hellgate treaty between representatives of the United States government and members of the Bitterroot Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and the Kootenai to create the Flathead Indian Reservation. A monument commemorates the signing. The park is 187 acres (76 ha) and sits at an elevation of 3,198 feet (975 m). Natural features found in the park are its large, old-growth ponderosa pines, grassy fields, and cottonwood stand by the Clark Fork River. Its recreational features include hiking and fishing.

Lone Pine State Park

Lone Pine State Park is a public recreation area on the southwest side of Kalispell, Montana, United States. The day-use state park's 270 acres (110 ha) include 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.

Frenchtown Pond State Park Montana state park near the community of Frenchtown

Frenchtown Pond State Park is a public recreation area located ten miles (16 km) northwest of Missoula in Frenchtown, Montana. The 41-acre (17 ha) day-use state park offers fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating on a small, spring-fed lake with a maximum eighteen-foot (5.5 m) depth.

Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park state park located in Greycliff, Montana

Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park is a Montana state park located on the eastern edge of the community of Greycliff. The 98-acre (40 ha) park protects and preserves the black-tailed prairie dog.

Lake Mary Ronan State Park

Lake Mary Ronan State Park is a public recreation area located seven miles (11 km) northwest of the Flathead Lake community of Dayton, Montana. The state park occupies 120 acres (49 ha) on the east side of 1,500-acre (610 ha) Lake Mary Ronan. The lake is 47 feet deep at its deepest spot and is known for kokanee salmon and yellow perch. Twenty-five campsites and a boat ramp are found in the park.

Painted Rocks State Park Montana state park near the community of Darby

Painted Rocks State Park is a public recreation area located at the southern end Painted Rocks Reservoir, 24 miles (39 km) south of Darby, Montana. The state park received its name from the green, yellow and orange lichens which cover the grey and black rock walls of the granite and rhyolite cliffs.

Pirogue Island State Park Montana state park near the community of Miles City

Pirogue Island State Park is a public recreation area on the Yellowstone River, just north of Miles City, Montana. The 269-acre (109 ha) state park has 2.8 miles (4.5 km) of designated hiking trails.

References

  1. Dates taken from "Park Origin by Date". Montana State Parks. 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2018., unless otherwise noted.
  2. "Marias River State Park Wildlife Management Area". Montana Office of Tourism. Retrieved June 14, 2018.