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Ackley Lake State Park

See the beautiful mountain views and rich agricultural land that inspired legendary Western artist, Charlie Russell, a hundred years ago.

About the Park

Ackley Lake is nestled right in the heart of Montana's Big Sky Country. One glimpse and you'll easily understand how the beautiful views of the surrounding Little Belt and Snowy Mountains and rich agricultural land captured the heart of the legendary Western artist, Charlie Russell, a hundred years ago.

Today, the diverse recreation opportunities at this 290-acre park include fishing, boating, swimming, birdwatching, picnicking, and camping. Stocked with rainbow trout and tiger muskie, the lake often provides good angling. Ackley Lake has 26 first-come first-served, rustic (no electricity, water or dump services) campsites and two boat launches. 

On a warm summer day, enjoy the cool waters of Ackley Lake on Montana's open plains!

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • RV Camping
  • Swimming
  • Tent Camping
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • Boat Launch
  • Campsite
  • Dock
  • Established Fire Pits
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Pack-in/Pack-out
  • 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
Open all year

Campground
Open year-round
 
Potable water
No potable water available

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 Park Manager, Alex Sholes for information on current volunteer opportunities:

Mailing Address:
Ackley Lake State Park
c/o FWP Region 4 Headquarters
4600 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: 406-727-1212
Email: Alex.Sholes@mt.gov

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

 

Campsite Fees

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

Ackley Lake has 26 first-come first-served, rustic (no electricity, water or dump services) campsites.

 

* 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:
Ackley Lake State Park
c/o FWP Region 4 Headquarters
4600 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: 406-727-1212
Email: Alex.Sholes@mt.gov

Aquatic Invasive Species

What can you do to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species?

Aquatic invasive species (AIS), including diseases, are easily spread from one water body to the other. Anglers, boaters, construction workers, pond owners, gardeners, seaplane pilots, field workers - virtually anyone who works or plays in or around water can unknowingly transport these pests on their boats and equipment or allow them to spread via improper management practices. It takes only one mistake to potentially infest a new water body. To protect Montana’s waters and native aquatic species, please follow the rules and guidelines at cleandraindry.mt.gov.

Visit CleanDrainDry.mt.gov 

Be Prepared

Important information for getting outside safely and responsibly.

Meet The Park Manager

Alex Sholes

Alex Sholes is the manager of Ackley Lake and Giant Springs state parks. Alex received a master’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Idaho. Before coming to Montana State Parks, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a Recreation Manager on the Salmon River in Idaho. Prior to that he held a ranger position on the Middle Fork of the Salmon for 2 years, and worked for FWP as a Smith River ranger in 2012.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
FWP Region 4 Headquarters
4600 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: 406-727-1212
Email: Alex.Sholes@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Alex Sholes