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Black Sandy State Park

Black Sandy State Park is located on the shore of Hauser Reservoir.

The Montana State Parks Foundation is publishing a weekly showcase of Montana State Parks' 55 properties. This week's focus moves near Helena to one of Montana's popular fishing and boating sites upriver from Hauser Dam, Black Sandy Beach. 

A popular summer spot located approximately seven miles outside of Helena and upriver from Hauser Dam, Black Sandy State Park is one of the few public parks on Hauser Reservoir.

Did you know?

On the north side of the lake you can find black sand. Hence the name.

Looking for activities at the park? You won’t be disappointed.

Spend your day on the lake boating, fishing, water skiing or tubing. In winter try your hand at ice fishing. Take a hike on one of the trails. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view of the lake. Take a bike ride to Hauser Dam. 

There are 29 campsites at Black Sandy. Any of the sites with electrical hookups can be reserved in advance. Electrical hookups are available May 1-Nov. 30. Before planning your trip, be sure your trailer is no more than 35 feet.

Did you know?

Black Sandy State Park also boasts one of the largest bald eagle concentrations west of the Mississippi River during the month of August.

Here is what recent visitors had to say, with some park-specific tips.

"We camped on the lake for four days and never ran out of things to do. The swimming, fishing and boating was great. The Lookout Trail hike was a good hike to run the dogs and get a great scenic view of the Missouri River and Hauser Lake."

"This is a beautiful place to camp and fish — go in spring or fall to miss the crowds — lots of boats out in the summer. Fun to fish and camp here."

"It is beautiful!! Besides camping right on the lake, there is fishing, canoeing and a short bike ride to Hauser Lake Dam. Another bonus is that it is located only 7 miles north of Helena."

Quick facts

Open year-round; located at 6563 Hauser Dam Road, Helena, MT 59602; day use area open year-round; 43 acres; ADA accessible; pets allowed; flush and vault toilets; water; maps; RV dump station; boat launch; electricity.

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