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Bannack Days, with historic displays, re-enactors, and activities, is held the third weekend in July each year. Tours are conducted from the visitor center, which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A rental tipi is located in the campground situated along Grasshopper Creek.

For more information about Bannack State Park, read Spirit of the West, 2003 Montana Outdoors article. Also visit www.bannack.org for historical information and trip planning tips.

Check out the current weather conditions in Dillon. Teachers, this Indian Education For All Lesson Plan contains Social Studies and Science content for 4th graders.

Grasshopper Creek | Open Jan 1 - Dec 31 |  No Data
This National Historic Landmark on the rolling prairie of eastern Montana preserves the site of the June 17, 1876, battle between Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne warriors and General George Crook's soldiers supported by Crow and Shoshone Indians. The Army was there to enforce the U.S. government's recent reservation proclamation. The Lakota and Cheyenne were defending their families and way of life. Both sides fought bravely. The battle was a draw, with each side claiming victory. Eight days later, many of the same Lakota and Cheyenne met Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, about 25 miles to the northwest. The Cheyenne call this spot Kase'eetsevo' estaneveosehaesta'tanemo - Where the Girl Saved Her Brother. Of the many heroic acts that occurred during the battle, the story of Buffalo Calf Trail Woman saving her older brother, Chief Comes in Sight, has been passed down through the generations. Remote, quiet, and undeveloped, the 3,000-acre park includes prehistoric sites and the homestead ranch of the Kobold family. Take a picnic, your camera, and plenty of time to appreciate a slice of time and place. Hear the Lakota perspective on the battle with Aaron Ten Bears or take a virtual tour with this history buff. A Big Prelude to the Little Bighorn is a 2004 Montana Outdoors article about the park. This Indian Education For All Lesson Plan for 8th graders contains Language Arts, History, and Social Studies content. To understand the modern challenges at this site, review the management plan.
 | Open Jan 1 - Dec 31 |  Difficult Accessibility Difficult Accessibility
Tongue River Reservoir has 154 campsites including 40 paved sites with electrical hookups, a fish cleaning station and an RV dump station.

A small store and marina is open 6 days per week from May through September.

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Tongue River Reservoir | Open Jan 1 - Dec 31 |  No Data

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