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Ackley Lake State Park

Sunflowers grow at Ackley Lake State Park. The lake covers 160 acres of the 290-acre park near Hobson.

The Montana State Parks Foundation is publishing a weekly showcase of Montana State Parks' 55 properties. This week's focus takes readers to Ackley Lake State Park southwest of Hobson. 

The surrounding mountains and rich agricultural areas that inspired renowned western artist Charlie Russell 100 years ago can be found at Ackley Lake State Park. Surrounded by the Little Belt and Snowy mountains, Ackley Lake is a beautiful destination.

The water in Ackley Lake comes from the Judith River and is stockpiled for irrigation use.

Things to do

Planning a visit? Here's what you can do at Ackley Lake.

The lake is stocked with rainbow trout.

Spend your day on the water boating or water skiing. Two boat launches ensure you won’t be waiting long to get your boat in the water.

Enjoy a picnic with amazing views.

Don’t forget binoculars if you plan to do any bird watching.

Lounge in the sun on the beach and take a dip to cool off.

Spend a winter day ice fishing or snowshoeing around the lake.

Search for crayfish and aquatic insects in the shallow areas along the shore.

Camp at one of the rustic campsites near the lake.

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