CASPER, Wyo. — At least three popular state parks were already at camping capacity for the weekend’s Fourth of July festivities as of Thursday afternoon, and another will likely fill, according to the state parks department.
The top ten Montana State Parks according to 2013 visitation numbers.
The Madison Buffalo Jump near Three Forks will remain a state park, aided in part by a grant from the Lee and Donna Metcalf Charitable Foundation.
With more than 2 million visitors, Montana State Parks had its second busiest year on record in 2012, up 7 percent over 2011.
The First Peoples Atlatl Event will take place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Buffalo Jump State Park, 3.5 miles north of Ulm.
The campgrounds at Bannack State Park west of Dillon are closed due to high water. The townsite is unaffected and the ghost town will remain open.
HELENA — The House on Thursday voted to raise the optional fee from $4 to $6 per light vehicle annually to pay for the state parks, fishing access sites and Virginia and Nevada cites.