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Thompson Falls State Park

Enjoy some good fishing, boating, bird watching and relaxing. This shaded, quiet area has a campground located on the Clark Fork River in the rugged and beautiful Clark Fork Valley.

Alerts & Closures

Stage II Fire Restrictions for Sanders County in the Kalispell Fire Restriction Area.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  1. Operating any internal combustion engine.
  2. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  3. Using an explosive. (A patrol is required for two hours following cessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.)
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Exemptions to the fire restrictions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.
  4. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  5. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  7. All land within a city boundary is exempted.

About the Park

A mature, mixed pine forest are features visitors enjoy in this beautiful state park. Attractions include camping, fishing, nature walks, swimming, boating, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.

Enjoy the park’s improved family fishing pond, with new features including an accessible fishing pier, new picnic shelter, latrine and improved parking. Explore the recently expanded non-motorized Thompson Falls Trail which runs along the Clark Fork River and connects to the HWY 200 trail into town. Learn more about the Thompson Falls Community Trails network.

Thompson Falls State Park is 36 acres at an elevation of 2,362 feet.

There are 18 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 30 feet.

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Motor Boating
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • River Fishing
  • RV Camping
  • Swimming
  • Tent Camping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • ADA Accessible
  • Bear Resistant Storage Lockers
  • Boat Launch
  • Camp Host
  • Established Fire Pits
  • Firewood for Sale
  • Fishing Pond
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • 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
Closed for the Winter Season

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Thompson Falls 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. 

Visit Reserve America to check fees and reserve a campsite at Thompson Falls State Park.

 

* 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:
Thompson Falls State Park
2220 Blue Slide Rd.
Thompson Falls, MT 59873

Phone:  
Oct 1 - April 30:
406-751-4590
May 1 - Sept 30:
406-827-3110
Email: dbennetts@mt.gov

 

Reservation Phone Number:

1-855-922-6768

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 

Thompson Falls State Park

Address

2220 Blue Slide Rd.
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
Latitude/Longitude:
(47.61625 / -115.38676)

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Meet The Park Manager

Dave Bennetts

Dave Bennetts has worked for MT State Parks for the past 12 years, working as a Park Ranger on Flathead Lake for 4 years, and for the last 8 years as the Park Manager for Les Mason, Logan, Thompson Falls and Whitefish Lake State Parks. He also manages the Thompson Chain of Lakes recreational area. Dave graduated from Oregon State University in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forest Recreation Resource Management. He worked seasonally for the National Park Service for more than a dozen years before joining MT State Parks in 2006. Dave is originally from Butte, MT.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
FWP Region 1 Headquarters
490 North Meridian Rd
Kalispell, MT 59901

Phone: April 15-Oct. 15: 406-862-3991
Oct 16 - April 14: 406-751-4590
Email: dbennetts@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager Dave Bennetts