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Pirogue Island State Park

Isolated and shaded by cottonwood trees, this Yellowstone River island offers visitors an excellent spot to view waterfowl, bald eagles, fox squirrels, whitetail and mule deer.

About the Park

Visitors find this isolated, cottonwood-covered Yellowstone River island an excellent spot to view wildlife. You can envision the Corps of Discovery‚Äôs travel along the river, and hunt for moss agates.

The park is a haven for a wide variety of bird species including passerines, belted king fishers, shore birds, waterfowl, bald eagles, and wildlife such as whitetail and mule deer.

There are 2.8 miles of designated hiking trails. During hot weather, when the side channels aren't flowing, visitors can take a nice refreshing tree-shaded walk down the side channels punctuated with wading the remaining pools of water. Take care when crossing side channels. Crossing is not recommended if water is flowing.

Size: 269 acres. Elevation: 2,371 feet.

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Maps
  • Pets Allowed
  • Toilets (Vault)

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
Open year-round, 7 am to 10 pm.


Potable water
No

 

Channel Crossing

Mid-August to early April is the best time to cross the channel and reach the island.

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 Pirogue Island 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:
Pirogue Island State Park
PO Box 1242
1301 Snyder Avenue
Glendive, MT 59330

Phone: 406-377-6256
Email: cdantic@mt.gov

Pirogue Island State Park

Address

Latitude/Longitude:
(46.44181 / -105.82253)

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Meet The Park Manager

Chris Dantic

Chris Dantic is the park manager at Brush Lake, Medicine Rocks, Makoshika and Pirogue Island State Parks. He began his career with Montana State Parks in 2003. He has worked at Chief Plenty Coups, First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Giant Springs, Sluice Boxes, Tower Rock and Smith River State Parks. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University in History.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:

Makoshika State Park
PO Box 1242
Glendive, MT 59330

Phone: 406-377-6256
Email: cdantic@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Chris Dantic