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 parks INTERACTIVE MAP
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 b…
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…
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 that …
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 minera…
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…
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