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.
- Bannack Skating Pond
- National Winter Trails Day
- Winter Storytelling
- Ice Fishing
- Float the Smith River
- Winter Wildlife Tracking
- Explore Native American Culture
- Become a Camp Host
- Plan a Field Trip
- Longest & Shortest Rivers
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Visit the longest river and the shortest river in the same place, Giant Springs State Park!
This park is home to the Missouri River, the longest river in North America, and the Roe River, the shortest river in the world.
Learn more about the Roe River at NBC Montana
#9 Plan a Field Trip
Teachers, did you know your state parks are great places to visit on school field trips? Kids can explore a variety of topics from Native culture and Montana history to geology and wildlife biology.
#8 Become a Camp Host!
Park Hosts serve as liaisons between park users and park staff. Hosts camp among other campers, where campgrounds are provided, in order to provide a personal touch and to accommodate the needs of park visitors.
We have camp hosts at:
Flathead Lake State Park
Beavertail Hill State Park
Frenchtown Pond State Park
Lost Creek State Park
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Cooney State Park
Black Sandy State Park
Smith River State Park (Eden Bridge)
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
Brush Lake State Park
Tongue River State Park
Medicine Rocks State Park
Volunteer Campground Host Openings ( 236 KB)
For more information visit: stateparks.mt.gov/volunteer/
#5 Float the Smith River: Experience one of Montana's most iconic rivers with a multi-day float trip through Smith River State Park. But before you can float the Smith, you must apply for a permit. Permits are awarded by a lottery and applications must be submitted by midnight on February 14, 2019.
Miss the application deadline or just feeling lucky? Buy a chance at the Super Permit where one lucky winner gets to pick the float date of their choice. Super Permit chances are $5 each and available through March 14, 2019.
Applications and Super Permit chances are available at:http://stateparks.mt.gov/
#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!
#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
#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: http://stateparks.mt.gov/play.html