There is no entrance fee for visitors arriving at a Montana state park in a vehicle with Montana license plates! No special stamps, stickers or passes--just a Montana license plate. It's as simple as that!
An optional $6 fee is included on the registration of light vehicles in Montana, which in turn allows admission into all state parks for private vehicles with Montana license plates. These funds are earmarked for the care and maintenance of state parks, fishing access sites, and historic Virginia City and Nevada City.
Any resident who does not plan to visit a Montana state park or fishing access site during the vehicle registration year can opt out of the $6 registration fee while at the courthouse. Just complete the form available at your county treasurer's office and the fee will be deducted from your vehicle registration.
Additional fees are charged at state parks for camping, showers, some guided tours, special events, and rental of cabins, tipis, and yurts.
A $5 daily entrance fee is charged to visitors who arrive at a state park in a vehicle without Montana license plates. Since nonresidents do not contribute to Montana's park system through the vehicle registration fee, they will be charged daily entrance fees unless they purchase an annual pass (see below).
Nonresidents who visit state parks regularly can purchase a State Park Annual Pass which allows an unlimited number of visits for a year at one low price.
$25 per vehicle
Additional vehicle passes may be purchased for $20 each.
The State Park Annual Pass is valid for one year from month of issue.
The Annual Pass covers the daily entrance fee permitting entry to all designated state park fee areas. It does not include fees for camping, showers, guided tours, special events, or rentals of cabins, tipis, and yurts.
To be valid, the pass must be permanently affixed by the holder to the vehicle's interior left front windshield and is valid for one year from month of purchase and admits one private vehicle and the occupants to enter all Montana state parks.
A pass is not required at fishing access sites and wildlife management areas.
The Biennial Fee Rule lists all fees at state parks and fishing access sites as approved by the FWP Commission.