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Entrance and Camping
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Montana State Park Fees

Entrance & Camping Fees

The table below is a summary of park entrance fees and camping fees. Campsites with electricity, backcountry camping and other accommodations are available only at certain parks.

Campsites with Electricity are available at the following parks:
Beavertail Hill, Black Sandy, Brush Lake, Cooney, Finley Point, Hell Creek, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake, Tongue River Reservoir, West Shore.

Backcountry Camping is available at Sluice Boxes State Park.

Cabins are available at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.

Yurts are available at Big Arm State Park.

Tipis are available at Bannack, Beavertail Hill, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and Missouri Headwaters state parks.

  Peak Season Fees
(third Friday in May—third Sunday in September)
Off-Season Fees
  Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
  General Senior/
General w/Park Pass General Senior/
General w/Park Pass
Daily Entrance Fee /vehicle $0* $0* $5 $0 $0* $0* $5 $0
Daily Entrance Fee /walk-in, bicycle, bus passenger $0 $0 $3 $0 $0 $0 $3 $0
Campsite $15 $7.50 $23 $18 $12 $6 $20 $15
Please Note: Not all parks offer the following types of camping. See above for which parks offer these accommodations.
Campsite with Electricity $20 $12.50 $28 $23 $17 $11 $25 $20
Backcountry Camping (walk-in/
$7 $3.50 $15 $15 $4 $2 $12 $7
Cabin $45 $45 $55 $50 $42 $42 $50 $45
Regular Yurt $45 $45 $55 $50 $42 $42 $50 $45
Large Yurt $45 $45 $60 $55 $42 $42 $55 $50
Tipi $25 $25 $35 $30 $22 $22 $30 $27

* Montana residents who pay the $6 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks.

Non-Resident Entrance Pass

Out-of-state residents can purchase a Non-Resident Entrance Pass which allows free entrance on an unlimited number of visits and discounted camping fees for a year. A pass costs $25 / first vehicle and $20 / each additional vehicle. The State Park Entrance Pass is valid for one year from month of issue. Passes are available for purchase through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Online Licensing Service, or at any FWP office. ( See locations )

Commercial Use

All commercial activities that involve a service or participation cost are subject to a commercial use permit and fee. For more information, see Commercial Use Permits. Contact the Park Manager or Regional Park Manager for permit application instructions.

Group Use

All groups over 30 persons are subject to a group use permit and fee. For more information, see Special Use Permits. Contact the Park Manager or Regional Park Manager for permit application instructions.

Special Events

Special events such as weddings, sporting events, etc. may be subject to a permit and fee. For additional information, see Special Use Permits, or contact the Park Manager or Regional Park Manager.

Smith River State Park

Permits and fees are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge; permits are issued annually through a lottery. For more information, see Smith River State Park and Smith River FAQs.

Fee Rules

The following documents contain fees and management policy that govern public use of Montana State Parks.

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