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Celebrating 80 Years

Celebrating 80 Years

Celebrate Montana State Parks’ anniversary with "80 Things to Discover" – a mix of fun and unique experiences you can find at your state parks.

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Celebrating 80 Years

80 Things to Discover

Be sure to check back often and watch the list grow throughout the year.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to discover other exciting events and breathtaking sights at Montana State Parks.

  1. Bannack Skating Pond
  2. National Winter Trails Day
  3. Winter Storytelling
  4. Ice Fishing
  5. Float the Smith River
  6. Winter Wildlife Tracking
  7. Explore Native American Culture
  8. Become a Camp Host
  9. Plan a Field Trip
  10. Longest & Shortest Rivers
  11. Paddlefest
  12. Wildflower Walks
  13. Buffalo Kite Festival
  14. Bannack Days
  15. Mountain Biking Lewis & Clark Caverns
  16. Ride to the Springs Car Show
  17. Paleo Experience
  18. Astrophotography
  19. Bird Watching
  20. Stack Tours
  21. Kids' Fishing
  22. Atlatl Mammoth Hunt
  23. Coming soon!


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#4 of Grab your poles and ice auger and try your luck ice fishing at one of your many lake-based state parks.

In Eastern Montana, there was a recent catch of a 17 lb. Lake trout at Hell Creek State Park, and Tongue River State Park offers perch, crappie, Northern pike and walleye. Don't forget to stop by Tongue River Marina for minnows.

In Billings at Lake Elmo State Park, hook into some crappie, perch or trout. Cooney State Park has fantastic fishing for rainbow, walleye and ling.

In the Helena area, visit Spring Meadow Lake State Park for rainbow and Cutthroat trout, perch and large-mouth bass or Black Sandy State Park for rainbows, walleye, perch and ling.

In Northwestern Montana, Lake Mary Ronan State Park offers salmon and increasingly good perch opportunities. Logan and Thompson Chain of Lakes State Parks offers opportunities for Kokanee, Lake trout, Northerns, and perch.

Before you head out, be safe and check the current ice conditions!

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#3 Winter Storytelling - Celebrate the Salish tradition of telling stories during the long, dark winter with the Winter Storytelling Series at Travelers' Rest State Park in Lolo. Saturdays during January/February, the park hosts a diverse array of presenters who share stories through oral traditions, music, history, memoir and more. These presentations are made possible with support from Travelers’ Rest Preservation & Heritage Association (TRPHA). TRPHA supports the park through outreach, advocacy, and educational experiences that link the past to the future. Presentations begin at 11am and are $5 per person or free with a TRPHA membership.

If you like the Winter Storytelling series or are a fan of Travelers' Rest State Park, consider supporting TRPHA through a membership or by attending the annual TRPHA Auction on March 1. Details

#2 of 80 Things to Discover at Montana State Parks is National Winter Trails Day on January 19. This annual event at Lone Pine State Park celebrates winter outdoor recreation with guided, interpretive hikes. Snowshoes are available at the park. Event details

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#1 of 80 Things to Discover at Montana State Parks is the Bannack Skating Pond. Grab your skates or a loaner pair from the park and hit the ice for a brisk lap or a pick-up game of hockey. Warming fire and concessions available. The skating pond is open on weekends from 10am to 4pm while weather allows. Call 406-834-3413 for current ice conditions.

No time to drive to Bannack? Look for wild ice at any of our water-based parks:


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