Even on a bitter cold, windy but clear January day, a half dozen ice fishing shacks dotted the frozen surface of Ackley Lake this past winter. The tough conditions and slow fishing were not enough to deter the twenty or so hardy individuals that made their way to the State Park for a bit of wintertime fun.
Ackley Lake serves the function of being a great regional resource for recreation and for agricultural irrigation, as it was originally intended for. In an area surrounded by federal land in the form of National Forests, National Wild Life Refuges, and BLM lands, Central Montana really values its State Parks.
Prairie Populist recently ran a great article about Ackley Lake and the people who visit the park for a variety of reasons. Check out the article using the link below and if you find yourself traveling along highway 200 from Great Falls to Lewistown, make sure you find time to make a visit to Ackley Lake State Park.