If you’ve ever been to Montana, you know that you’ll discover some of the most beautiful scenery on earth to explore.

The central region of Montana remains an authentic experience unlike any other. Between Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, you'll find the genuine Montana you've been waiting for.

Central Montana State Parks offer

something for everyone.

The diverse recreational and educational opportunities make Central Montana a great place to visit. Central Montana’s State Parks offer a place of exploration, recreation and adventure.

Get a taste


Recreate at Ackley Lake State Park, immerse yourself in Native culture at First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park, or fish and float the river at Smith River State Park.

Check out what these parks have to offer, and you will probably want to add an extra day (or week!) to your vacation.



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Ackley Lake State Park Get Directions to Park Just southwest of Hobson, you'll find Ackley Lake State Park. Surrounded by the Little Belt and Snowy Mountains, Ackley Lake is an incredibly beautiful destination. Ackley Lake is nestled right in the heart of Montana's Big Sky Country. One glimpse and you'll easily understand how the beautiful vi…

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Get Directions to Park Located South of Great Falls and just outside of Ulm, First Peoples Buffalo Jump is one of the largest buffalo jumps in the United States and is known in the archeology community as the most significant buffalo jump in the world! Evidence suggests that this site, also known as the Ulm Pish…

Giant Springs State Park Get Directions to Park Located just outside of Great Falls lies Giant Springs State Park. Originally discovered by Lewis & Clark in 1805, Giant Springs is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. Come marvel at this day-use park's remarkable features and view the variety of birdlife. Take part …

Tower Rock State Park Get Directions to Park Tower Rock, a 424-foot high rock formation that marks the entrance to the Missouri River Canyon in the Adel Mountains Volcanic Field. Click Here To Access a Map!

Sluice Boxes State Park Get Directions to Park Sluice Boxes State Park was created in 1974 and included significant historic structures and remnants of the abandoned towns of Riceville and Albright that once existed for the purpose of mining limestone in the canyon. Belt Creek which formed the canyon that is the centerpiece of the park, has l…

Smith River State Park Get Directions to Park The Smith River is mostly known for being a wonderful 59-mile long river full of natural beauty, with great boating, fishing, and photographic opportunities. Click Here To Access a Map!

Marias River State Park Marias River State Park Get Directions to Park To get to there from I-15, take exit 358 and head east on Marias Valley Road North for 3.5 miles. Then turn west on Hjartarson…

General Park Fee Information

Montana residents in a vehicle with valid Montana license plates are allowed to enter State Parks for free. Camping, tour, special event and other fees still apply.

Nonresident visitors are required to pay day-use fees usually from $2 to $5. Nonresidents can also purchase annual Montana State Parks Passports for unlimited use. Passports are $25 for the first vehicle and $20 for additional vehicles. They can be purchased at any state park, regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks office or online at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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