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Spring Meadow Lake State Park

Bring your friends and family to this urban-park and outdoor haven for swimming, fishing, bird-watching, hiking and more!

About the Park

Spring Meadow Lake State Park is located on the western edge of Helena.  It is an urban day-use park and is a popular spot for family afternoons of swimming, sunbathing, fishing, birdwatching, and having fun. 

The park features new picnic shelters and a pavilion for group use. You can book the pavilion for the day online, or if you would like to reserve the pavilion for less than a full day, please call the park manager directly at 406-495-3270.

In addition to the water and beach area, the park offers an .8 mile, self-guided nature trail that circles the lake.

There is no lifeguard on duty at Spring Meadow Lake State Park. Visitors swim at their own risk. Complimentary life jackets, ranging in size from infant to adult, are available to use while visiting the park from Memorial day through Labor day. Play it safe when recreating near water.

NO dogs allowed in the park between April 15 - October 15.

The park is home to a variety of birds, turtles and other wildlife and trout, bass and sunfish have been introduced into its waters. There is a fishing dock that is ADA accessible.

In winter, you can stroll along the trail and if it's cold enough, ice fish and ice skate on the lake. Special events are held periodically during the year.

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Education
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Rowing
  • Swimming

Amenities

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

  • ADA Accessible
  • Interpretive Display
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Public Restroom
  • Toilets (Flush)
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Trails
  • Trash Removal
  • 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
Open all year
6am – 10pm

Alerts & Closures

None

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Spring Meadow Lake State Park.

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

Fees

Montana Residents

  • 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.

 

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

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Spring Meadow Lake State Park
c/o Helena Area Resource Office
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: SUMMER
May 15 - Labor Day
Park Office: 406-449-5109

WINTER
Helena Area Resource Office: 406-495-3270

Email: cputchat@mt.gov

Recreate Responsibly

Tips to stay safe while getting outdoors

To keep our state parks safe and accessible to all, make sure you know before you go, practice physical distancing, plan ahead, play it safe, explore locally, leave no trace, respect wildlife, and do your part to build an inclusive outdoors. 

Visit the Recreate Responsibly page for more information 

Spring Meadow Lake State Park

Address

2715 Country Club Drive
Helena, MT 59601
Latitude/Longitude:
(46.61224 / -112.07574)

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Meet The Park Manager

Craig Putchat

Craig Putchat grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, and graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a degree in Outdoor Education and Outdoor Writing. Since college Craig has done many things, most notably, for 15 years before joining Montana State Parks, he owned and operated a sport shop, rental lodge, and charter fishing business on Lake Superior. Craig said, “I am excited to use my experience in dealing with the public to give visitors to the parks I manage a great visit, and leave them wanting to come back for more.“

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
Helena Area Resource Office (HARO)
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: SUMMER
May 15 - Labor Day
Park Office, 406-458-3221
WINTER
Labor Day - May 15
Helena Area Resource Office, 406-495-3270
Email: cputchat@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Craig Putchat