This is a list of state parks and reserves in the Montana state park system, in the United States.
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 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".
|Lake / river||Remarks|
|Ackley Lake State Park||Judith Basin||290||120||1940||Ackley Lake|
|Anaconda Smelter Stack State Park||Deer Lodge||12||4.9||1986||none||The park cannot actually be accessed, but only viewed from a distance.|
|Bannack State Park||Beaverhead||1,529||619||1954||Grasshopper Creek||The well-preserved ghost town of a one-time territorial capital.|
|Beaverhead Rock State Park||Madison||71||29||1975||Beaverhead River|
|Beavertail Hill State Park||Missoula||65||26||1968||Clark Fork|
|Big Arm State Park||Lake||217||88||1966||Flathead Lake||Unit of Flathead Lake State Park|
|Black Sandy State Park||Lewis and Clark||43||17||1980||Hauser Reservoir|
|Brush Lake State Park||Sheridan||450||180||2004||Brush Lake||There are no fish in this lake due to the mineral makeup of the water.|
|Chief Plenty Coups State Park||Big Horn||195||79||1961||Pryor Creek|
|Clark's Lookout State Park||Beaverhead||7||2.8||1985||Beaverhead River|
|Cooney State Park||Carbon||309||125||1970||Cooney Reservoir|
|Council Grove State Park||Missoula||187||76||1978||Clark Fork River|
|Elkhorn State Park||Jefferson||1||0.40||1980||none|
|Finley Point State Park||Lake||28||11||1965||Flathead Lake||Unit of Flathead Lake State Park|
|First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park||Cascade||1,481||599||1972||none||Formerly Ulm Pishkun State Park|
|Fish Creek State Park||Mineral||6,200||2,500||2010||Fish Creek|
|Fort Owen State Park||Ravalli||2||0.81||1956||Mill Creek|
|Frenchtown Pond State Park||Missoula||41||17||1972||Frenchtown Pond|
|Giant Springs State Park||Cascade||675||273||1972||Missouri River and Roe River|
|Granite Ghost Town State Park||Granite||1||0.40||1975||none||Abandoned 1890s silver boomtown.|
|Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park||Sweet Grass||98||40||1974||none|
|Hell Creek State Park||Garfield||337||136||1966||Fort Peck Lake|
|Lake Elmo State Park||Yellowstone||183||74||1983||Lake Elmo|
|Lake Mary Ronan State Park||Lake||120||49||1967||Flathead Lake|
|Les Mason State Park||Flathead||8||3.2||1983||Whitefish Lake|
|Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park||Jefferson||2,920||1,180||1935||none|
|Logan State Park||Lincoln||18||7.3||1967||Middle Thompson Lake|
|Lone Pine State Park||Flathead||251||102||1941||none|
|Lost Creek State Park||Deer Lodge||502||203||1957||Lost Creek|
|Milltown State Park||Missoula||625||253||2012||Clark Fork and Blackfoot|
|Madison Buffalo Jump State Park||Gallatin||638||258||1966||none|
|Makoshika State Park||Dawson||11,634||4,708||1953||none|
|Marias River State Park||Toole||2,011||814||2009||Marias River|
|Medicine Rocks State Park||Carter||330||130||1957||none|
|Missouri Headwaters State Park||Gallatin||532||215||1947||Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers|
|North Shore State Park||Flathead||160||65||n/a||Flathead Lake|
|Painted Rocks State Park||Ravalli||23||9.3||1963||Painted Rocks Reservoir, Bitterroot River|
|Pictograph Cave State Park||Yellowstone||93||38||1969||none|
|Pirogue Island State Park||Custer||210||85||1982||Yellowstone River|
|Placid Lake State Park||Powell||31||13||1977||Placid Lake|
|Rosebud Battlefield State Park||Big Horn||3,052||1,235||1978||none|
|Salmon Lake State Park||Missoula||42||17||1977||Salmon Lake, Clearwater River|
|Sluice Boxes State Park||Cascade||1,451||587||1974||Belt Creek|
|Smith River State Park||Meagher||1||0.40||1960||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||61||25||1981||Spring Meadow Lake|
|Thompson Falls State Park||Sanders||36||15||1960||Clark Fork, Noxon Rapids Reservoir|
|Tongue River Reservoir State Park||Big Horn||642||260||1983||Tongue River Reservoir|
|Tower Rock State Park||Cascade||140||57||2004||Near Missouri River|
|Travelers' Rest State Park||Missoula||41||17||2001||Lolo Creek|
|Wayfarers State Park||Lake||67||27||1969||Flathead Lake||Unit of Flathead Lake State Park|
|West Shore State Park||Lake||129||52||1955||Flathead Lake||Unit of Flathead Lake State Park|
|Whitefish Lake State Park||Flathead||10||4.0||1960||Whitefish Lake|
|Wild Horse Island State Park||Lake||2,164||876||1977||Flathead Lake||Unit of Flathead Lake State Park|
|Yellow Bay State Park||Lake||15||6.1||1941||Flathead Lake, Yellow Bay Creek||Unit of Flathead Lake State Park|
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 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.
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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