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Giant Springs State Park Now Offers Pet Off-Leash Areas

(Great Falls, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that it is opening selected areas of Giant Springs State Park for pets to be off-leash and under voice control beginning Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  

Giant Springs State Park has designated selected areas of the park for pets to be leashed or off-leash under voice control. Allowing voice control in certain areas will permit pet owners to train their dogs for hunting, get more exercise, and interact with fellow dog hikers. Certain areas of the park will still require pets to be leashed. Both areas will be marked with signage.

The complete list of park areas and regulations are as follows:

     •    Pets must be leashed:
          o    Main area of Giant Springs State Park, by the springs/hatchery
          o    Heritage Picnic Area
          o    Black Eagle Memorial Island
          o    Lewis & Clark Overlook
          o    Rainbow Overlook
     •    Pets must be leashed or off-leash under voice control and within owners sight at all times:
          o    All North Shore lands owned by NWE and managed by Giant Springs State Park
          o    Lewis & Clark Overlook Trailhead heading east on the trail system to Whitmore Ravine
          o    Lewis & Clark Overlook Trailhead heading west on the trail system to Giant Springs Rd. underpass
          o    Family Fishing Pond heading west on the trail system to Giant Springs Rd. underpass

While the new regulation is intended to make the park more pet friendly, Montana State Parks would like to remind pet owners to please be considerate of other park visitors and wildlife. Owners of aggressive dogs or dogs that chase wildlife should be kept on a leash at all times. Pet owners are required to clean up after their pet, and it is considered littering if waste is left behind.  If your pet is not under voice control and is not within your sight you will be cited for not following Montana State Parks Rules and Regulations.

Pet owners should be aware that even if their dog is leashed they may encounter dogs off-leash in certain areas. If a pet owner has an issue or problem with another pet owner, please call the park ranger station at (406) 727-1212 to report the incident.

For more information about this or other park regulations call Jason Pignanelli at (406) 727-1212.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

    

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Additional amenities include picnic areas which are available to rent. Furthermore, Giant Springs State Park offers a fantastic variety of educational programs, special events, concerts and family hikes and tours.  Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.  


Contact:
Jason Pignanelli
Park Manager,
Giant Springs State Park
(406) 727-1212  Office
(406) 788-5728  Cell
jpignanelli@mt.gov

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