pets in parks
Visiting Montana State Parks can be a great experience for you and your pet! Just remember to keep your pet on a leash at all times to respect the park and other visitors.
Here are a few simple rules to remember when visiting a State Park in Montana with your pet:
Keep your pets close: From April 15th through September 15th, all pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet long, unless otherwise posted. If you are at the campground, your dog must be on a leash as well.
The parks are not a swimming pool: Pets are not permitted on swimming beaches or any other areas that display posted restrictions. Also refrain from bathing your pet in recreational swimming areas.
Don’t leave a mess: Pet owners are responsible for proper removal and disposal of any waste produced by their pets.
Keep it down: A barking dog can take away from a visitor’s tranquil experience; please ensure that dogs do not create excessive noise, especially during quiet hours.
Respect the park: Help preserve the park for future use by preventing your pets from entering public buildings or digging in the park.
Respect wildlife: Do not allow your pets to wander in the wilderness or interact with the animals that are native to each park.
Come prepared: Make sure you bring plenty of food and water for your pet.
Following these rules will ensure an enjoyable visit for all parties. However, if these rules are not followed, park employees reserve the right to ask visitors to leave. If there’s ever any doubt, always ask a park employee for clarification on a park rule. Some of these rules do not apply to service dogs.
Most Montana state parks allow pets but have a strict rule of keeping them on a leash. However, there are a few parks that don’t allow pets at all. These include:
Wild Horse Island
Smith River (pets are allowed only at the put-in and take-out if they are on leashes, not on the float)
Spring Meadow Lake (no pets during 4/16 - 10/14, pets allowed on leashes during 10/15 - 4/15)
Thank you for your cooperation and we hope you and your pet enjoy your visit to Montana State Parks!