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Spring Meadow Lake State Park, Helena

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Spring Meadow Lake State Park is a public recreation area covering 61 acres (25 ha) just west of Helena, Montana. Once the site of a gravel pit and factory, the state park centers around a man-made, spring-fed lake, which is used for swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, and scuba diving. The park also offers picnicking, a mile-long trail around the lake, and ice fishing and ice skating in winter. Largemouth bass, westslope cutthroat trout, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed are the main catches. A fishing pier was added to 30-acre (12 ha) lake in 2011.
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  • The Spring Meadow Lake State Park is truly beautiful, thanks to the lake and the mountains. There is the opportunity to use a boat on the lake. I liked the geese with its new youngs. There are...  more »
  • We spent about two hours walking around the park, beautiful park! Really close to downtown, lots of parking. Really easy walking, lots of birds to see.  more »
  • We visited from out of state and spent a Sunday afternoon at the lake. There is a daily $6 fee for non-residents. When we first arrived it wasn't very crowded and we enjoyed a picnic and swimming. Later in the afternoon if became quite crowded and people were using kayaks, rafts, canoes, large inflatables and paddle boards in the same area my young son was swimming. There were some people who became a little rambunctious with throwing each other, and their kids, around. If you have kids you definitely need to be very watchful when it becomes busy but overall we enjoyed our time.
  • Dogs are not allowed between April-October (read: any of the months when it isn't freezing). This information wasn't made readily available on their parks website, which led to a lot of wasted driving. It is fine for places to not allow pets, but make that knowledge available without them having to come to the site to find out. The area looked otherwise lovely, although crowded. It was very easy to find.

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