Beaver
Creek Park

Is the Largest County Park in the United States


In 1916, by act of Congress, the strip of land known as Beaver Creek Playground was set aside as a public park and entrusted to the care of the city of Havre.

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The Park

is a 10,000 acre parcel of land on the north slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains


The Park abounds with wildlife. Among the many animals you may see are whitetail and mule deer, bobcat, beaver, coyote, fox, mink, pheasants, grouse, Golden eagles and hawks.

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Campgrounds

are available to rent, some without reservations.


Developed camp and picnic grounds in the southern half of the park are equipped with tables, fire grates and vault toilets. Smaller campgrounds do not require prior reservations but some special areas may be reserved for larger group activities.

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Welcome to Beaver Creek Park!

Beaver Creek Park is part of a unique area in North Central Montana, (Plains country) the Bear Paw Mountains. The Park is a 10,000 acre strip along the north slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains, about one mile wide by seventeen miles long, and it is the largest county park in the Nation. Within this natural recreation area are rolling grasslands, pine woods, aspen and cottonwood groves, rocky cliffs and cold rushing streams. The vegetation ranges from Box Elder, Alder, Willow and Buffalo Berry on the north end to Cool leafy Cottonwood, Aspen, Ponderosa Pine, Lodge Pole Pine and Douglas Fir on the south end.

Beaver Creek, Bear Paw Lake and Lower Beaver Creek Lake are well stocked with  Rainbow and Brook Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass and Perch,. The park abounds with wildlife. Among the many animals you may see are whitetail and mule deer, bobcat, beaver, coyote, fox, mink, pheasants, grouse, golden eagles and hawks.

Plant and bird species from the Rocky Mountains merge here with those of the Plains providing an excellent area for biological studies. Geologic formations range from glacial deposits at the northern end through volcanic strata and dikes, to metamorphic and sedimentary rocks in which fossils can be found.

Beaver Creek Park is open to all individuals for recreation and conservation purposes. Camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife watching, sightseeing, hiking and many other outdoor recreational activities are encouraged. A current Park Permit is required for all park use.

BEAVER CREEK MAP 2016Fees and Reservations

A current Park Permit is required for all Park Use.

Day Permit:

$10/day
Day use permits are available at 2 self-pay boxes on the Park: One at the First Lake (Upper Lake/Beaver Creek Reservoir) information kiosk, and another self pay box at the transfer station/dump site.

Regular Annual Park Permits:

Residents of Four (4) County Region
(Hill, Blaine, Choteau or Liberty Counties)   $50.00
Residents outside of Four County Region    $75.00

Golden Pass Annual Permits for those 65 Years or older:

Resident of Four County Region         $30.00
Residents outside of Four County Region    $45.00

Permits may be purchased at the Park Office, Hill County Courthouse, Stromberg’s Sinclair, Bing n Bobs, North40 Outfitters, Bear Paw Meats, and the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce.

A Day Permit and an Annual Permit covers all Park use; camping, hiking, picnicking, berry picking, etc.

There are many developed camp and picnic grounds in the southern half of the Park. Most are equipped with a table, fire grate and garbage can. Vault toilets are located throughout the camping/picnicking areas. The smaller campgrounds are NOT reservable and self filled on a first come – first served basis.

Some Non-Reservable Areas include:

  • Camping around Beaver Creek Reservoir (excluding the Community Effort Site.)
  • Eagle Rock area
  • Zartman Memorial Campground
  • Shambo
  • Doney
  • Hagener
  • Woodring Memorial
  • Springs Campground
  • Hidden Hollows

There are also individual un-named sites throughout the Park as well. The biggest concentration of campsites will be on the southern half of the Park.

There are 11 designated areas within the Park that require reservations, reserved areas are at the following prices.

Resident of Four County Region        $75.00 / day
Resident outside of Four County Region    $100.00 / day
Click here to make your reservations, or call the Park Office at 406-395-4565.  Youth camps are free of charge, but must be made through the Park Office and not online.

Reservations

About the Park

There are many developed camp and picnic grounds in the southern half of the Park.  Most are equipped with tables, fire grates and vault toilets.  Smaller campgrounds do not require prior reservations but some special areas may be reserved for larger group activities.  Also available at Camp Kiwanis is a youth camp with cottages, activity building and a dining/recreation building.  These are available for organized groups by advance reservation only and there is a fee for their use.  Learn More
 This large, varied park offers limitless opportunities for recreation.   You can camp by lake or stream, where fishing in both is excellent!  Picniking is a major activity all through the summer and you may hike or ride horseback on maintained trails or cross country.  The Bear Paw Nature Trail is an educational and scenic trek.  Some people come to watch birds and animals, to sightsee, photograph, paint or just to relax.  There are children's summer camps and cabin site leases.  Winter activities include ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and some snowmobiling.
 Beaver Creek Park is located 10 miles South of Havre, Montana. After entering Havre, turn South on 5th Ave. Continue South on Beaver Creek Road.  The Northern boundary of the park is 10 miles south of Havre, the Park Office is 20 miles south of Havre, and the Park itself is 17 miles long.  Learn More
Beaver Creek Park is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.  Office hours vary seasonally, call the office for current operating hours at (406) 395-4565.

Ordinance Effective May 8, 2014

Violation of any of these rules is a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of $500 and 6 months in jail.

  1. BEAVER CREEK PARK IS A FEE AREA. All Park use requires possession of a current Park Permit which may be purchased at the Park Office, Hill County Courthouse and various businesses in Havre. Day use permits are also available at designated locations in the Park.
  2. Camping in existing established sites only.
  3. Littering and vandalism are strictly prohibited. All Park users are responsible for the clean up of their area before leaving the Park. Dispose of all rubbish in the containers provided. Do not throw bottles, cans or other rubbish in the creek, toilet vaults or fire pits.
  4. Park users may not remove live trees or vegetation or disturb topsoil. Cutting of live or standing dead trees is not allowed without prior approval of Park Superintendent.
  5. Cutting of firewood for sale is not permitted. Firewood may be cut for personal use with a permit obtained from the Park Superintendent.
  6. Use of FIREARMS in the Park is prohibited, including the use of Paintball guns.
  7. Hunting is strictly prohibited.
  8. Underage drinking is not allowed.
  9. Loud music at any time is prohibited. Quiet hours begin at midnight and end at 7:00a.m.
  10. Hill climbing with motorized vehicles is not allowed. Motorized vehicles may not be driven off established roads. This excludes snowmobiles and ATV’s during the winter months when the ground is frozen and adequate snow cover exists (resulting in no disturbance of vegetation and topsoil.) During the summer season May 15 through September 15, no off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes or ATV’s are allowed AT ANY TIME.
  11. Dogs must be on a leash at all times unless inside a fence or confined area.
  12. DO NOT LEAVE CAMPFIRES UNATTENDED. Campfires must be kept within existing established fire rings. No pallets or wood with nails may be burned. Campfires must be fully extinguished before leaving the site. Campfires may be restricted by the Hill County Commissioners when fire danger increases. Persons found negligent of causing forest or range fires will be held accountable for the cost of fighting such fires and any resulting damage. Be equally careful with cigarettes.
  13. FIREWORKS are not permitted at any time.
  14. Persons wishing to reserve large group picnic areas must understand reservations may be made at any time and have priority.
  15. No cattle shall be allowed on the Park without following Park grazing policy. No livestock will be permitted on the Park from the first day of January through Labor Day, except for recreational riding.
  16. All non-posted access roads have a maximum speed limit of 15 MPH. All vehicles and drivers must be licensed. All state secondary highways and county roads have posted speed limits.
  17. Parking campers, trailers and other vehicles is limited to a maximum of 14 days on a site in any 30 day period. Vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  18. Vehicles and campers left unattended for more than 48 hours will be considered abandoned and will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  19. No Motorboats are allowed on Bear Paw Lake. See Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Boating Laws.
  20. Beaver Creek Reservoir (Lower Beaver Creek Lake) is a no wake zone and all water craft is limited to 10 horsepower.
  21. Ice houses must meet regulations of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

A $15 penalty will be charged to permits sold on site

A reward of one hundred dollars ($100.00) will be paid to any person or persons who provide information leading to arrest and conviction of any person or group of persons who willfully damage or destroy any Park property.

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This is your Park

Provided for your pleasure and enjoyment.  What can you do to help preserve the park environment?

  • Campfires add to the experience of the outdoors.  Campers are encouraged to pick up dead fall for camp use.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of vandalism.
  • The park staff is helped by your comments and reports on the condition of the park amenities.
  • Respect other park users.  Just as you, they are using the park for enjoyment, recreation and relaxation.
  • Bicycling and hiking are wonderful ways to get "off-road."  Bicycles can be used on all trails and hiking leaves virtually no trace or damage.
  • Pack it in, pack it out.  Beaver Creek Park provides garbage and trash services, however, your help will enhance staff efforts to maintain an inviting, safe and pleasing park environment for all.
  • As you explore the park, you may encounter flora that you don't recognize.  Noxious weeds are having an increasingly negative impact not only on the park, but all grasslands.  If you suspect or question the flora you encounter, bring your concerns and questions to the attention of the park staff.

Take pride in your park, protect it from damage.