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State Parks Have Record Summer

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More of you visited Montana state parks this summer -- setting a record.

A spokesperson for the state says visitation was up 5% over last year, making this the best summer season on record.

Montana State Parks had 1,574,603, that's from May through September.

In our area, Cooney State Park did well with more than 125,000 visits, a 27% increase over last year.

Also, Lake Elmo State Park had more than 119,000 visits.

There are 54 state parks in Montana with most of the funding coming from the $6 annual fee which is optional when registering your vehicle.


Visitation by Region -- Eastern Region (Billings)

Lake Elmo State Park had the highest visitation in this region with 119,704 visits.

From 2012 to 2013, Medicine Rocks State Park doubled in visitation with 19,108 visits.

Pictograph Cave State Park was up 39% over 2012 with 39,700 visits.

In 2013, Tongue River Reservoir was up 38% with 65,296 visits.

Hell Creek State Park was up 12% with 28,025 visits.

Brush Lake State Park was down 38% with 5, 255 visits in 2013.

Makoshika State Park summer visitation was not fully recorded due to construction in the area inadvertently damaging the visitation counter.