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Montana Wildlife

Montana is a wildlife viewers’ and explorers’ paradise. With one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the lower 48 states—including bears, moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, river otters, bison, and more, you’ll never tire of Montana’s habitants.

In Montana, the average square mile of land contains

2 elk, 2 pronghorn antelope, and 4 deer!

If you’re looking for wildlife diversity, Montana has more different species of mammals than any other state in the U.S. In fact, there are approximately 100 species of mammals within the state!

Remember, when you’re viewing these animals, their habitat first and foremost belongs to them. Recreate responsibly by keeping a large distance between you and wildlife, packing out everything that you bring into the park, and leaving no trace.

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State Park Trail

Follow the trail to experience the ultimate wildlife viewing experience in Montana.

MONTANA WILDLIFE VIEWING

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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…

Bannack State Park Get Directions to Park Bannack State Park is the location of Montana's first major gold discovery, founded in 1862…

Beaverhead Rock State Park Get Directions to Park Beaverhead Rock can be viewed and photographed from a distance, but cannot be directly accessed. There are two great locations to best see the rock formation, though. The first is 14 miles south of Twin Bridges on Highway 41 where a pull-off has informational signs and an intere…

Beavertail Hill State Park Get Directions to Park This park has a one-half mile of Clark Fork River frontage that provides fishing and floating opportunities. Boating is carry-in only. There are 24 developed campsites and 2 tipi rentals. There is a wa…

Black Sandy State Park Get Directions to Park Black Sandy State Park is an extremely popular weekend boating, fishing, camping, and water skiing location. You can make reservations up to one day in advance of your arrival date. For same-day availability, try the park office 406-458-3221 to check if any sites are available for tha…

Brush Lake State Park Get Directions to Park Brush Lake State Park is the only state park in the northeast corner of Montana. Brush Lake is a deep lake (65 feet) in a closed basin and the site of National Science Foundation research on climate change. The lake boasts 45 feet of sediments showcasing 10,000 years of pollen and mine…

Clark's Lookout State Park Get Directions to Park Clark's Lookout State Park is located one mile north of Dillon, above the Beaverhead River. Established December 23, 1985, Clark's Lookout is set along the historic Lewis and Clark trail.

Cooney State Park Get Directions to Park Head to Cooney State Park, a reservoir 40 minutes south of Billings, to go boating, play in the water, camp, and fish. This is the most popular recreation area serving south-central Montana, and it's always a busy place in the summer! We are able to bring you valuable information about thi…

Council Grove State Park Get Directions to Park Council Grove State Park marks the site of the 1855 council between Superintendent of Indian Affairs and Territorial Governor of Washington, Isaa…

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