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About Us

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 from Montana State Parks!

As we transition from winter to spring, we are reminded that we live in an incredibly beautiful and diverse state. This diversity is best exemplified by the wide array of parks that make up our Montana State Parks system. From our parks in the lush forests and lakes of northwest Montana to our parks that dot the plains and badlands of eastern Montana, our system truly has something for everyone.

This year, we are implementing a pilot project, in which three Montana state parks, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake and Lewis and Clark Caverns, have campgrounds that are 100% reserveable. This is to ensure that everyone that wants to recreate in these three incredible parks has an equal opportunity. To reserve a camping spot in any of our state parks, please visit ReserveAmerica.

In mid-June, we will host the first ever Capital Campout. This exciting event will focus on providing outdoor recreation and camping programming to underprivileged youths from around Montana, while camping under the stars on the front lawn of the state Capitol building with the Governor Bullock and his family. This event will truly highlight our commitment to Montana’s storied outdoor recreation heritage.

Lastly, we have been busy beginning to implement our strategic plan, Charting a New Tomorrow. Over the next several months, you will be hearing from us about the progress that we are making. One important point of focus is to better clarify what it takes to manage the Montana State Park system, and develop criteria to differentiate and prioritize the most significant parks moving forward.

With your help, we can move the park system forward. We will be discussing the strategic plan implementation progress at the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board meetings throughout 2015.

  • June 19, Dillon
  • August 20, Libby
  • October 15, Lewistown
  • December 16, Helena

We encourage you to join the conversation at Montana State Parks & Recreation Board meetings, or connect with the plan rollout online at You can also connect directly with the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board members at any time.

We hope to see you this summer!


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Chas Van Genderen

Administrator, Montana State Parks



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