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Council Grove State Park

Enjoy the natural features and solitude of this day-use park on the Clark Fork River, and learn about its historical significance as the site of the Hellgate Treaty.

About the Park

Set in an old growth ponderosa pine forest along the Clark Fork River, Council Grove State Park is the site of the 1855 Hellgate Treaty between the Salish, Kalispel and Kootenai Indians and the U. S. government. Under the treaty, the tribal leaders ceded ownership of most their aboriginal territories – more than 20 million acres -- to the United States, setting aside the Flathead Reservation, but reserved the perpetual right to use ceded lands for traditional cultural and subsistence purposes. The Hellgate Treaty remains relevant today as it also established the legal foundation for relations between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. government.

Today the park provides an opportunity to study that history as well as give access to quiet forest stands and the Clark Fork River. The old growth ponderosa pine stands and cottonwood riparian forests of Council Grove State Park also offer excellent bird habitat and opportunities for birdwatching. The park is situated in the greater Clark Fork River-Grass Valley Important Bird Area (IBA), an Audubon Society designation of key habitats identified for bird conservation.

Visitors to Council Grove State Park will find walk-in access to the Clark Fork River for variety of outdoor recreation pursuits. A deeply eroded, bowl shape, bank on a Clark Fork channel has become a popular beach area in the summer. The park is very popular with dog walkers. With nearly a mile and half of river frontage, the park offers good fishing access. The park allows hunting for waterfowl and archery for deer on the park’s island.

Council Grove State Park is a day-use park located seven miles west of Missoula on Mullan Road.

 

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Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Exhibit
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Interpretive Display
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pack-in/Pack-out
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Trail
  • Water

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Park

Day use only. No camping.
Open daily all year
Daylight hours

Alerts & Closures

Social distancing is still required per the Governor's statewide directive to reduce spread of COVID-19. Stay safe!

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Council Grove State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*

 

Nonresidents

  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

 

* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Council Grove State Park
c/o FWP Region 2 Headquarters
3201 Spurgin Rd
Missoula, MT 59804

Phone: 406-542-5500
Email: mkustudia@mt.gov

Council Grove State Park

Address

11249 Mullan Road
Missoula, MT 59808
Latitude/Longitude:
(46.91302 / -114.15477)

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Meet The Park Manager

Michael Kustudia

Michael Kustudia manages Milltown, Council Grove, Frenchtown Pond and Fish Creek State Parks. A graduate of the University of Montana, he’s worked in community journalism, nonprofit management, ecological restoration, and outdoor recreation. He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. Born in Germany and raised in California, Michael has spent his adult life in western Montana, where his family roots date back to the early 1880s.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
FWP Region 2 Headquarters
3201 Spurgin Rd
Missoula, MT 59804

Phone: 406-542-5500
Email: mkustudia@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Michael Kustudia