Ackley Lake: A primitive 290 acre park around the 160 acre lake located six miles southwest of Hobson. It has a campground, boat ramps, and stocked trout fishing.

Anaconda Smoke Stack: The old Anaconda Copper Company smelter stack is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world at 585 feet.

Bannack: Bannack is the best preserved of Montana’s ghost towns. It is the location of Montana’s first major gold discovery in 1862. It is now a National Historic Landmark.

Beaverhead Rock: A rock formation in Montana that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was a landmark used during the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1805.

Beavertail Hill: A 65 acre park located 26 miles east of Missoula that is popular for fishing and floating due to its half-mile access on the Clark Fork River.

Black Sandy: A popular park for boating, fishing, camping and water skiing located on the shores of Hauser Reservoir.

Brush Lake: This park surrounds the 280 acre, deep clear lake located 4.5 miles northeast of Dagmar. Popular activities include boating, water skiing and boating.

Chief Plenty Coups: A day use park within the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana that preserves the log home and farmstead of Cchief Plenty Coups. Plenty Coups helped bridge the gap between the two cultures and transition the Apsaalooke tribe to a settled reservation lifestyle.

Clark’s Lookout: An 8.2 acre park containing a lookout where William Clark stood in 1805 and took three compass readings. There is a teriffic view of the Beaverhead Valley overlooking the Beaverhead River.

Cooney: This is a popular park in southcentral Montana on Cooney Reservoir with scenic mountain views, boating, water-skiing and fishing.

Council Grove: A 187 acre park that marks the site of the 1855 council between Isaac Stevens and the Flathead, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille Indians.

Elkhorn: This park preserves two structures, Fraternity Hall and Gillian Hall, from Elkhorn’s 19th Century silver-mining ghost town.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump: A 1,481 acre park in Cascade County that is believed to be the largest bison cliff jump in North America. FOr hundreds of years, Native Americans stampeded buffalo over the mile-long cliff, leaving up to 18 feet of compacted buffalo remains below the cliff.

Fish Creek: This 5,603 acre park west of Missoula is the second largest in Montana. It contains the fire lookout on top of Williams Peak, approximately 520 miles of old logging roads, the largest ponderosa pine in the state, and is popular for many outdoor activities. There is also a protected black-tailed prairie dog town in the park.

Flathead Lake / Big Arm: This 217 acre park is located on the western shore of the largest freshwater lake in the Western United States. It has a campground, boat launch popular for those going to Wild Horse Island, and scenic views of the Mission Mountains.

Flathead Lake / Finley Point: A secluded campground on the south end of Flathead Lake popular for fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking.

Flathead Lake / Wayfarers: A 67 acre park in Bigfork that is said to have the best sunsets on Flathead Lake.

Flathead Lake / West Shore: Popular activities in this park situated in a mature forest overlooking Flathead Lake include fishing, boating and camping.

Flathead Lake / Wild Horse Island: The largest island in Flathead Lake contains an old growth Ponderosa pine forest and a handful of wild horses. It is only accessible by boat.

Flathead Lake / Yellow Bay: This park on Flathead Lake is in the heart of MOntana’s famous sweet cherry orchards. Other popular activities include boating, fishing, swimming and camping.

Fort Owen: A 1 acre park on the National Register of Historic Places on the outskirts of Stevensville. It is named for a mission and trading post established in 1841 and named after trader John Owen. It was home to Montana’s first permanent white settlement, first Catholic church, its first sawmill, its first grist mill, first agricultural development and first school for settlers.

Frenchtown Pond: A 41 acre day use park on the shores of a small, spring-fed lake. Popular activities include fishing, boating and snorkeling.

Giant Springs: This park preserves one of the largest freshwater springs in the country, first recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. The spring flows at a rate of 156 million gallons per day from the Madison Aquifer.

Granite Ghost Town: This park preserves remnants of the 1890s silver boomtown here, including the Granite Mine Superintendent’s house and the old miners’ Union Hall which were used in the excavation of the richest silver mine on the earth.

Greycliff Prairie Dog Town: A 98 acre park protecting a black-tailed prairie dog community in southeast Montana on the eastern edge of Greycliff.

Hell Creek: A 337 acre park on the Hell Creek Arm of Fort Peck Lake located north of Jordan. It is a popular area for boating, fishing and camping in the Missouri Breaks.

Lake Elmo: A 123 acre park in Billings surrounding Lake Elmo that is one of Montana’s most popular state parks.

Lake Mary Ronan: A 120 acre park seven miles west of Flathead Lake with camping, boating and fishing.

Les Mason: A day use park on the eastern shore of Whitefish Lake that is popular for swimming, kayaking and picnics.

Lewis & Clark Caverns: Montana’s first state park preserves one of the most decorated limestone caverns in the Northewest United States. Although Lewis and Clark never saw it, they passed through portions of the park.

Logan: A 17 acre park on the north shore of Middle Thompson Lake near Libby. The park is situated in the middle of the 3,000 acre Thompson Chain of Lakes.

Lone Pine: This state park has a popular system of trails for hiking, running and mountain biking with scenic views of the Flathead Valley.

Lost Creek: A 502 acre park near Anaconda with a 50 foot waterfall and towering limestone cliffs above the canyon floor.

Madison Buffalo Jump: A 638 acre park with a high limestone semicircular cliff used by Native Americans for around 2,000 years to stampede herds of bison off for food, clothing and shelter.

Makoshika: One of Montana’s largest state parks perveserves dinosaur fossil remains and formations of the badlands. The park is more than 11,000 acres and is located east of Glendive.

Medicine Rocks: A 330 acre park in Southeast Montana named for a series of sandstone pillars similar to hoodoos. The Sioux and Northern Cheyenne once camped near these rocks searching for medicinal plants used in vision quests.

Milltown: A 500+ acre park located at a former Superfund site at the restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers.

Missouri Headwaters: The confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers marks the start of the 2,300 mile Missouri River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped here in 1805.

Painted Rocks: A 23 acre park on Painted Rocks Lake that is popular for boating, fishing and camping.

Pictograph Cave: A 23 acre park south of Billings of historical and acheological significance because of three caves with artifacts and pictographs dating back thousands of years.

Pirogue Island: An undeveloped 269 acre park on the Yellowstone River outside of Miles City with 2.8 miles of hiking trails.

Placid Lake: A 31 acre park located on a tributary of the Clearwater River known for its boating, trout fishing and other outdoor recreation.

Rosebud Battlefield: This state park preserves a large portion of the June 17, 1876 battlefield during the Great Sioux War that is known as the Battle of the Rosebud, The Battle Where the Girl Saved Her Brother, and Crook’s Fight. It was a harbinger to the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Salmon Lake: A 42 acre park in the Clearwater River Chain-of-Lakes between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges.

Sluice Boxes: This park established in 1970 in the Little Belt Mountains is rich in history and remote wilderness. It contains the northernmost eight miles of the Belt Creek canyon, remains of the Barker mines, and remains of the Montana Central Railroad.

Smith River: This park protects the 59 mile river popular for multi-day float trips and trout fishing. A permit is required to float the section between Camp Baker, the only put-in, and Eden Bridge, the only take-out point.

Spring Meadow Lake: An urban day use park on the western edge of Helena. It is a popular place for fishing, swimming, birding and hiking.

Thompson Chain of Lakes: This park in Northwest Montana covers approximately 3,000 acres between Kalispell and Libby. It provides shoreline access to 18 lakes including McGregor Lake, Little McGregor Lake, Lower Thompson Lake, Middle Thompson Lake, Upper Thompson Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Loon Lake.

Thompson Falls: A 36 acre park located on the Lower Clark Fork River one mile from the town of Thompson Falls. It has a riverside trail, boat launches, campground and kids’ fishing pond.

Tongue River Reservoir: A 642 acre park in southeast Montana that is popular for boating, fishing and camping. It is located north of Decker on the 12 mile long reservoir fed by the Tongue River.

Tower Rock: A 140 acre park near the Missouri River that is known for the 424 foot high rock marking the entrance to the Missouri River Canyon in the Adel Mountains Volcanic Field.

Travelers’ Rest: This 51 acre state park south of Lolo has the only archaeologically verified campsite of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the nation. The campsite was used from September 9-11, 1805 and again June 30 – July 3, 1806.

Whitefish Lake: A 10 acre park popular for boating, swimming, fishing, camping and water skiing. It is located two miles west of Whitefish.

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