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Sluice Boxes State Park

Bring your camera to this rugged area of pristine beauty and see the remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins lining Belt Creek as it winds through a beautiful canyon carved in limestone.

About the Park

Soaring cliffs and precipitous ledges mark the Belt Creek Canyon as it slices out of the Little Belt Mountains and winds toward the town of Belt. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it makes its way through the beautiful canyon carved in limestone. This rugged area has seen its share of prospectors searching for precious metals, miners, muleskinners, smeltermen, and railroaders building bridges. The Barker mines and the Montana Central Railroad are just a part of the rich history of Sluice Boxes State Park.

A primitive, unmaintained trail provides access to fishing, challenging floats, and wildlife viewing. Steep cliffs, rugged terrain, and cold, swift water may pose risks to visitors. Please use caution while hiking and floating in the park. 

A Backcountry Campsite Permit is required to camp in this park. Contact FWP Headquarters in Great Falls to obtain a permit.

Activities

  • Backcountry Camping
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Hunting
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Rafting
  • Stream Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Pets Allowed
  • 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
Parking area/ trailhead open sunrise to sunset.
 

Campground
Backcountry open 24/7

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 Sluice Boxes 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. 

A Backcountry Campsite Permit is required to camp in this park. Contact FWP Headquarters in Great Falls to obtain a permit.

 

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

Phone: 406-454-5840
Email: SluiceBoxes@mt.gov

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Sluice Boxes State Park

Address

38 Evans Riceville Rd.
Belt, MT 59412
Latitude/Longitude:
(47.212 / -110.935)

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Meet The Park Manager

Colin Maas

Colin Maas manages Smith River and Sluice Boxes State Parks. He began his career with Montana State Parks as a seasonal Park Ranger in 1996. Other experience includes seasons as a river ranger on the Blackfoot and Smith Rivers as well as working in numerous state parks in western Montana. Colin earned his B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Montana - Missoula. He was born and raised in Minot, ND.

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

Phone: 406-454-5840
Email: SmithRiver@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Colin Maas