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Lost Creek State Park

Enjoy a short hiking trail to view Lost Creek Falls, cascading over a 50-foot drop while scanning the cliffs above for bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

About the Park

Spectacular grey limestone cliffs and pink and white granite formations rise 1,200 feet above the canyon's narrow floor. Lost Creek Falls, in the northwest corner of the park, cascades over a 50-foot drop to provide one of the most scenic and popular spots in the park. Wildlife, golden eagles and bighorn sheep are frequently seen on the cliffs above, and pika are often seen and heard in the rock piles in the upper park. Camping, fishing, picnicking, bicycling and wildlife viewing is available.

If you prefer a longer hike, walk the Forest Service trail just north of the falls parking area. The trail winds for several miles along Lost Creek through forests and meadows with great views of the surrounding mountains.

There are 25 campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis. RV/trailer length is limited to 23 feet.

Park size: 502 acres. Elevation: 6,211 feet.

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • RV Camping
  • Tent Camping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • ADA Accessible
  • Camp Host (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pack-in/Pack-out
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • 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
Open 5/15 - 11/30
24 hours/day

Campground
Becomes inaccessible, due to snow, in October. 

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 Lost Creek 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

 

Campsites

  • Campsite fees range from $4-$34 per night, depending on season and available amenities.

Montana State Parks offers hike/bike, rustic, tent, rv, and boatslip campsites. Camping at Lost Creek is first come, first served. 

 

* 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:
Lost Creek State Park
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: tforwood@mt.gov

 

Reservation Phone Number:

1-855-922-6768

Lost Creek State Park

Address

5750 Lost Creek Road
Anaconda, MT 59711
Latitude/Longitude:
(46.19778 / -112.98247)

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Meet The Park Manager

Tom Forwood

Tom Forwood manages Lost Creek, Anaconda Smoke Stack and Granite Ghost Town state parks and is also Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Assistant Manager. Tom started at the Caverns in 1999 as a Tour Guide, worked at Missouri Headwaters State Park as a Park Ranger and has been at the Caverns as Park Ranger since 2003. Tom is well known for his interpretive skills and extensive knowledge of natural resources. He brings extensive experience in overall park operations, visitor services, interpretation, and resource protection.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: tforwood@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Tom Forwood