PROJECTS FOR

MONTANA STATE PARKS

In 2021 and beyond, we will be working to complete an even more ambitious set of challenges all aimed at making state parks across Montana even better places for residents, visitors, and natural creatures alike.

ONGOING PROJECTS

FOR STATE PARKS

We are working on implementation of several substantial parks improvement projects.  We work closely with Montana State Parks managers to selecte a variety of urgent park needs spread across the state meant to enhance the experience of park visitors and create the next generation of State Park enthusiasts.

A donation to the Montana State Parks Foundation helps fund projects like the ones described below.  Projects that improve our parks and ensure that they will remain great for generations to come.  Please help your parks with a tax-deductible gift today.

LODGING AT PARKS

In 2020 and 2021, we are working to fundraise for, purchase, and construct durable, attractive lodging structures to provide alternatives to camping at Montana State Parks.

For this project we will look for Montana vendors that offer semi permanent structures such as yurts, wall tents, or “Glo-Domes” (geodesic domes) to be purchased and installed at the following parks: Makoshika, Finley Point, and Missouri Headwaters.

Each structure will provide accommodations for 4-8 park visitors who might otherwise never enjoy spending a night in one of our amazing parks.  Electricity, running water, and interior furnishing will be provided at each structure when possible.

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WILD HORSE ISLAND STATE PARK

The Wild Horse Island Unit of Flathead Lake State Park receives around 20,000 visitors annually who seek world-class wildlife viewing opportunities.

In 2019 and 2020 we worked on several immediate project opportunities that improved wildlife habitat, improved park access, and enhanced the visitor experience.

SLUICE BOXES STATE PARK

The trail to the Sluice Boxes State Park overlook may lead to one of the most spectacular views in Central Montana, but the path itself is in bad shape and getting worse every day.

Currently, the trail passes through areas that are wet and muddy from a year-round spring.  Hikers, just trying to keep feet dry and clean, avoid the trail in this area and subsequently cause a lot of erosion and trampling of native plants nearby.

As if the mud and muck were not enough, the trail then climbs to a steep cliff area where negotiating the steep climbs and descents often proves too much for many park visitors.

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SHARED BICYCLE CAMPING AREA AT LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS STATE PARK

We supported the opportunity for bicyclists and hikers to travel through the state of Montana by providing shared camping areas for individuals and groups traveling by bicycle or hikers on foot, with a no-turn-away policy.

The camping area we provided matching funding for is designed specifically to support & optimize the bicyclists’ and hikers' needs when travelling long distances.

RECENT

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During the past years we have worked hard to complete very ambitious projects that have had a positive impact in the experience of park visitors and have helped create the next generation of State Parks enthusiasts. Check out some of our completed projects.

We are truly proud of these accomplishments!

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LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS STATE PARK

  • A large, custom built shade and weather shelter at Lewis and Clark Caverns to help the park offer alternative caverns tours to visitors with mobility limitations in the spring of 2020
  • Provided matching funds for the development of a hike/bike-in campsite at the main campground of the park
  • Earth Day volunteer event in April 2019

FLATHEAD ACTION FUND

When the 66th Montana Legislature took decisive action to keep Big Arm State Park in the state parks system in March of 2019, the Montana State Parks Foundation established the Flathead Action Fund to help support the immediate and possible future needs for the purchase, restoration, and eventual improvement of Big Arm and the five other State Parks on Flathead Lake.

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WILD HORSE ISLAND STATE PARK

  • Installed landing site kiosks, trail marker signs, and built new visitor information stations
  • Treated and manually removed several acres of invasive weeds and plants
  • Trail maintenance, construction, and facility maintenance

LONEPINE STATE PARK

  • New visitor information kiosks
  • Interpretive program equipment
  • New Archery targets
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MILLTOWN STATE PARK

  • Installed park benches
  • Planted trees, bushes and native plants

Tongue River Reservoir State Park

Repaired and replaced critical components of the Fish Cleaning Station located near the Tongue River Reservoir Marina

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SLUICE BOXES STATE PARK

  • Trail design
  • Property boundary survey

MAKOSHIKA STATE PARK

  • Trail design and consulting
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WAYFARERS STATE PARK

  • Lending library
  • New park benches

SMITH RIVER STATE PARK

  • Funded a ranger position for 2017
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MADISON BUFFALO JUMP STATE PARK

  • Paid for annual property lease

NATIONAL IMPACT

We funded the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Parks Directors in Missoula, Montana in September 2017.

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GET INVOLVED

Montana's State Parks embody the best things about our state.  Clean, natural, accessible to everyone, our parks create a shared sense of pride in our communities.  However, state budget shortfall, natural disasters, and increasing use have left our parks needing serious work.

A donation to the Montana State Parks Foundation helps fund projects like the ones described below.  Projects that improve our parks and ensure that they will remain great for generations to come.  Please help your parks with a tax-deductible gift today.

A donation to the Montana State Parks Foundation helps fund projects like the ones described below.  Projects that improve our parks and ensure that they will remain great for generations to come.  Please help your parks with a tax-deductible gift today.

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