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Visit Montana's 55 State Parks and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Before we lay out what we have planned for 2015, we would like to thank everyone for making our 75th anniversary year a great success! Since 2002 visitation to Montana’s State Parks has experienced an 80% increase in visits annually. This is a positive reflection on the hard work of staff and volunteers but more than that, it represents an endorsement from citizens who continue to come with their friends and families to enjoy their parks, learn about Montana’s history and celebrate the wonderful resources we enjoy in Montana.

2015 promises to be an exciting time for outdoor recreation and Montana State Parks is leading the way.

An important part of our program responsibilities includes our recreation grants that flow across Montana to small communities and on our federal lands. For snow lovers, we have more than 4,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and lots of cross country ski trails that have been funded through the division. Go ice-fishing or skating at one of our many water based parks. Try snowshoeing at Lone Pine State Park or take a guided hike to the pictographs and petroglyphs at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Don’t like the cold? Enjoy the Winter Storytelling Series at Travelers’ Rest State Park.

If winter is simply not your thing, begin to plan for spring and summer. Now is a great time to make campsite reservations for the summer and get the family reunion planned out. Time flies and summer is on the horizon as our days get longer.

We are also excited to announce our new strategic plan; Charting a New Tomorrow. The plan is an innovative and business-minded approach that will help leverage available resources, develop partnerships, and build public engagement that will create an even healthier future for outdoor recreation across Montana. Over the next few months, we will focus on implementing the vision set forth in the plan and working towards making Montana State Parks one of the strongest park systems in the nation.

The Montana State Parks & Recreation Board continues their hard work. The Board was instrumental in the adoption of the strategic plan and will be directing the Division on implementation. We hope you will join us for our next Board meeting in Helena on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. For more information about the Board, see Montana State Parks and Recreation Board.

At Montana State Parks, we are proud to be the stewards of some of Montana’s greatest natural, historical and cultural wonders and we invite you to get outside and Explore More.

See you Outdoors!


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Chas Van Genderen

Administrator, Montana State Parks



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