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Montana State Parks turns over Hell Creek State Park to Little Shell Chippewa Tribe

Montana State Parks has taken heat in the past regarding its management of the Hell Creek State Park, they’ve contemplated whether the state would continue managing the park or turn it over to the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. In the end, they decided to turn over the State Park’s management and maintenance to the tribe.

Montana State Parks signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, turning over management of Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Reservoir to them. The complete agreement and details will be discussed in front of the board at its December meeting this year.

The tribe is currently working with Hell Creek Marina concessionaire Clint Thomas to repair a fuel tank in the area. The marina is operated by the Thomases under a lease agreement with the state that has created tension between the two at times.

Hell Creek is a popular location for campers from across the state and region, most of which are anglers fishing on Fort Peck Reservoir.

The campground offers 71 campsites, a comfort station, potable water, a fish cleaning station, and an RV dump station.

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Photo Credit: Photo by Ryan Berry

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