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Montana State Parks 2001 Calendar Of Events Offer Unique Entertainment
Fri Feb 16 00:00:00 MST 2001
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This news release was archived on Mon Jul 01 00:00:00 MDT 2002

The 2001 Montana State Parks Calendar of Events offers exciting opportunities for recreation, relaxation and learning, with something to appeal to everyone. "Our goal is to plan events to capitalize on the unique assets of the parks," said Doug Monger, State Parks Division administrator. "Were blessed with parks that offer everything from water-based recreational opportunities to a real-time education in Montana history."

Park events this year include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, pioneer-skill demonstrations and theater, as well as community activities such as the tree planting and trail work at Makoshika State Park near Glendive scheduled April 21.

Visitors to Giant Spring State Park in Great Falls on May 5 will have free access to the park including interpretive talks and fishing gear available on loan. Bannack Days, when the clock will be turned back for a weekend to the colorful days of early Montana, will be celebrated July 21 and 22 at Bannack State Park near Dillon. Various state parks in the Kalispell area will host one-hour interpretive campfire programs July through August and across the state August 4 is Chief Plenty Coups Day at Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor.

A full schedule of summer events planned statewide follows. Additional events will be scheduled throughout the year. For updates, please contact individual parks, or refer to the Calendar of Events on FWPs web site at fwp.state.mt.us under Parks.

YEAR 2001 MONTANA STATE PARKS

FEBRUARY

Ice skating on the dredge pond at Bannack State Park near Dillon continues, weekends 10am 5pm. Warming house, ice skates and cocoa. Call (406) 834-3413 for details.

MARCH

Skating Pond closes at Bannack when weather dictates.

APRIL

8 - Flathead Valley Archery Club 3D competitive shoot at Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell. Call (406) 751-4574 for details.

21 - March for Parks at Makoshika State Park at Glendive. Tree planting and trail work is scheduled. Call (406) 365-6256 for details.

MAY

5 Free Family Fun Day at Giant Spring State Park in Great Falls. Visitors are given free access to the park, with interpretive talks and fishing gear available on loan. Call (406) 454-5858 for details.

5 - 6 Canoe & Kayak Demo Days at Harpers Lake Fishing Access Site near Clearwater Junction on Hwy. 83. Call (406) 542-5531 for details.

5 - Canoe & Kayak Demo Days at Salmon Lake State Park near Seeley Lake. Call (406) 542-5531 for details.

12-13 - Flathead School District 5 Field Studies Workshop at Wild Horse Island State Park on Flathead Lake. Call (406) 751-4574 for details.

26 - 27 - Flat Water Paddling Festival and Cardboard Kayak Race at Wayfarers State Park near Big Fork. Call (406) 751-4574 for details.

Memorial Day through Labor Day features the Summer Lecture Series at Bannack State Park near Dillon. The presentations are Saturdays, with both afternoon and evening programs. Call (406) 834-3413 for details.

JUNE

9 Buzzard Day at Makoshika State Park in Glendive. Call (406) 365-6256 for details.

12 Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena begins Discovery Days. These presentations continue through August every Tuesday evening at Spring Meadow Lake. Call (406) 449-8864 ext. 154 for details.

23 Campfire Programs begin at Black Sandy State Park near Helena and continue through August every Saturday evening. Call (406) 449-8864 ext.154 for details.

23 - Canoe & Kayak Demo Days at Harpers Lake Fishing Access Site near Clearwater Junction on Hwy. 83. Call (406) 542-5531 for more details.

24 Dale Tash Montana History Day at Bannack State Park near Dillon. Call (406) 834-3413 for details.

26 - Missouri River Conference/Cultural Fair at Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls. Call (406) 866-2217 for details.

JULY

July through August will feature one hour interpretive campfire programs held at various State Parks in the Kalispell area every Saturday evening. Call (406) 751-4574 for details.

8-Triathalon at Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena. Call (406) 449-8864 ext. 154 for details.

11- Bozeman Trail Wagon Train at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor. Call (406) 252-1289 for details.

12 - Educational presentation entitled "Spirit of the Land in the Big Sky: Montana Territory, an Inside View" by Celeste River at Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls at 7:00 pm. Celeste will talk about the buffalo, sacredness of land and Native American stories as told to Frank B. Linderman in his books and documents. Call (406) 866-2217 for details.

14 Tour of the Night Skies at Council Grove State Park near Missoula. Call (406) 542-5531 for details.

14 The 5th annual Cardboard Cup Regatta at Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena. Help raise funds for the new Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility and Nature Center. Call (406) 449-8864 ext. 154 for details.

21-22 - Bannack Days at Bannack State Park near Dillon. Turn back the clock for a weekend of great fun for the entire family. Call (406) 834-3413 for details.

19 - Educational presentation entitled, "Evelyn Cameron: an Eastern Montana Story" by Karen Stevenson at Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls at 7 pm. Karen will focus on photographs documenting Great Falls region settlers and their homesteads, wildlife, open plains and their significance to settlement of the area by Europeans.

21-22 Big Sky Thunderbirds Fly-In at Frenchtown Pond State Park at Frenchtown. Call (406) 542-5531 for details.

22 - Montana State Games Triathalon at Lake Elmo in Billings. Call (406) 247-2955 for details.

28 Fort Owen Day at Fort Owen State Park near Stevensville. Call (406) 542-5531 for details.

28 - Crow Lifeways at Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor. Call (406) 252-1289 for details.

AUGUST

4- Corks of Discovery River Float Trip at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks. Call (406) 287-3541 for details.

4 - Chief Plenty Coups Day at Chief Plenty Coups State Park at Pryor. Call (406) 252-1289 for details.

11 - Crow Lifeways at Plenty Coups State Park at Pryor. Call (406) 252-1289 for details.

18 - Garden City Triathlon at Frenchtown Pond State Park at Frenchtown. Call (406) 542-5531 for details.

20 and 27 - Kids Fishing Day at Chief Plenty Coups State Park.

25 - Crow Lifeways at Plenty Coups State Park at Pryor. Call (406) 252-1289 for details.

SEPTEMBER

8 John Colter Run at Missouri Headwaters State Park at Three Forks. Call (406) 994-6934 for details.

14 - 15 - Theater in the Park at Makoshika State Park in Glendive. Call (406) 365-6256 for details.

16-17 - Sea Kayak Demo Days at Somers Fishing Access Site at Somers. Call (406) 751-4574 for details.

16-17 - Yellow Bay Biological Station and Nature Conservancy annual Vegetation Monitoring Workshop at Wild Horse Island State Park near Big Arm. Call (406) 751-4574 for details.

17- 21 - Montana Archeological Week will be recognized at Pictograph Cave State Park near Billings. Call (406) 247-2955 for details.

17 - 21 - Montana Archeological Week will be celebrated at Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls with various educational programs for children all week. Call (406) 866-2217 for details.

17- 21 - Native American Week will be celebrated at Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls with various educations programs for children all week. One workshop will teach the history of the rattle, what it is used for and how to make one. Students will be able to take home the rattle they make. Call (406) 866-2217 for details.

22-Native American Parade in Pryor beginning at Chief Plenty Coups State Park. Call (406) 252-1289 for details.

23 - Plains Indian Conference Program at Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls. Call (406) 866-2217 for details.

OCTOBER

27 Ghost Walks at Bannack State Park near Dillon. Call (406) 834-3413 for details.

NOVEMBER

Enjoy winter activities in many state parks such as ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, winter hiking, photography and special programs. The parks are less crowded now and offer a unique look at these special places with their winter wardrobe.

DECEMBER

12-Christmas Stroll at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor. Call (406) 252- 1289 for details.

22 - 23 Holiday Candlelight Tours at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks. Call (406) 287-3541 for details.

26 Ice skating pond opens at Bannack, weather permitting.

30-31 Holiday Candlelight Tours at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks. Call (406) 287-3541 for details.