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Description - Ackley Lake, named after an early settler and frontiersman, offers diverse water sports opportunities. Stocked with rainbow trout, the lake is often good angling for 10 to 15 inch fish. The elevation of the park is 4,336 feet and is 160 acres in size. This park has been designated as ‘Primitive' so there are no fees to use the site. There are 23 sites with vault toilets, picnic tables, grills/firerings, group use area, drinking water (5/1 - 9/30) and pets are allowed, but must be on leash. The maximum length of stay is 14 days during a 30 day period. There is a golf course and museum located nearby in Lewistown. This park is pack-in/pack-out.

Attractions - Ackley Lake State Park is equipped with a boat launch, camping shelter, campsites, established fire pits and toilets. Pets are allowed at this park.

Recreation - Visitors to Ackley Lake State Park can enjoy; boating, water- skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and swimming.

Climate - The climate in Montana varies with the terrain. The western region of the state receives storm systems from the Pacific Ocean, which tend to be temperate. Because of its mountainous topography the region receives significant snowfall amounts, with winter temperatures usually below freezing. Summer in this region is mild with high temperatures reaching 85 degrees F. Nights are cool in the mountains during the summer. Bring warm layers, hats and gloves if camping. High country roads usually do not open until mid to late June, due to snow accumulation. Thunderstorms are a daily occurrence in June, July and August, so be prepared for rain in the mountains. The eastern plains of Montana generally experience more dramatic weather patterns than the west. Summer temperatures reach 100 degrees F in many areas. May and June are normally the rainy months of the year, but summer brings thunderstorms almost daily. Winter weather is also extreme in this region. Cold winds blow from the north creating a severe wind-chill factor. Snow usually doesn't accumulate on the prairies, because most of the moisture is absorbed by the western mountains.

Location - To find Ackley Lake State Park travel 17 miles west of Lewistown on U.S. 87 to Hobson, then 5 miles south on Secondary 400, then 2 miles southwest on county road.

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Ackley Lake State Park, 4600 Giant Springs Road , Great Falls, MT , 59405, Phone: 406-454-5840
, fwprg42@state.mt.us

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