Protect & Respect
Park Regulations are established to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience and to protect our special places for you today and future generations.
- Recreation Use Fees: before entering or camping in a state park, visitors must pay the appropriate use fees.
- Weapons: visitors may not discharge any firearm, fireworks, explosives, air of gas weapon, or bow and arrow at any time in a state park, unless otherwise posted for lawful hunting.
- Animal Control: pets are not permitted on swimming beaches or in any other area posted to exclude them. All pets must be on a leash not over 10 feet long. Visitors bringing or allowing animals in designated recreation areas shall be responsible for proper removal and disposal of any animal waste. Livestock is prohibited in all areas, unless otherwise posted.
- Quiet Hours: are from 10pm - 7am and are maintained in all recreation areas as posted. Portable generators may not be operated during these hours unless medically necessary.
- Waste Disposal: litter, pollutants, or other refuse, including fish entrails must be disposed of in proper refuse containers provided. Sewage wastes from portable toilets or recreational vehicles may not be disposed of in park toilet facilities.
- Fires: fires may be built only in established fireplaces, grills, steel fire rings, or camp stoves. Fires must be attended at all times and completely extinguished when users leave an area.
- Glass Containers: glass bottles or containers are prohibited on all swimming beaches and other areas posted to exclude them.
- Commercial Use: state parks may not be used for any commercial purposes without a commercial use permit.
- Boating and Swimming:
- Boats may be launched only at established launching areas, where provided.
- Boat trailers must be kept in areas designated for their parking or storage.
- Swimming area buoys may not be disturbed, defaced, or relocated. Swimming is not permitted beyond these buoys.
- Boats may not be operated or beached in swimming areas.
- Power boats may not approach closer than 50 feet to any swimmer or angler, except when aiding water skiers or in an emergency situation.
- Comply with no-wake restrictions.
- Boats and other watercraft may be used on public boat docks for loading and unloading only. Boats may not be left unattended at public docks.
- Natural & Heritage Resources: No person may destroy, injure, remove or otherwise damage any natural or other state park property. Persons cannot willfully or negligently cut or destroy any tree, shrub or plant, or geological, historical, or archaeological feature.
- Disturbance of the topsoil is prohibited. Visitors cannot bury garbage, dig for worms, or allow pets to dig holes.
- Disorderly Conduct is prohibited.
These regulations are a synopsis of the most prominent rules found in the Montana State Parks Public Use Rules. Contact parks' staff for information on all regulations.
Visitors must comply with a lawful order from a state parks’ employee. Violation of state park regulations may result in enforcement action.