Cooney State Park

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Cooney State Park

Montana

(406) 445-2326

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Overview

Cooney State Park is home to Cooney Reservoir, the largest body of still water in the area. Head to this reservoir 40 minutes south of Billings to boat, play in the water, camp, and fish. The most popular recreation area serving south-central Montana, it's always a busy place in the summer. The park features good walleye and rainbow trout fishing, boating opportunities, and five campgrounds around the lake. During the winter months, Cooney State Park is a great place to ice fish and cross country ski. Eleven campsites with electricity are now available at Red Lodge Campground. Cooney State Park is open year-round to host recreation sports of all seasons. During the winter, snow drifts on the road may cause difficulty driving, so be sure to check road conditions. A concession at the park sells soda, water, various drinks, snacks, firewood, bait, ice, and emergency items for boats such fire extinguishers and throwable devices. The park is open Thursday through Sunday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Latitude, Longitude: 45.442669, -109.210796

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Activities

  • Boating

    Cooney Lake is a great place for boating! Motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted. There is a dock, a boat ramp, and electric hookups.

  • Bicycling

    Explore the area by bike on roads and designated trails.

  • Camping

    Within Cooney State Park, 72 campsites are available. Close to the shores of the reservoir, there are five camping areas (three of which are wheelchair accessible). All of these sites offer concrete boat ramps. Campground sites include fire rings with grills, both flush and vault toilets, picnic tables, fish cleaning stations, drinking water, trash cans, and coin operated showers.

  • Fishing

    Cooney Reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye yearly by the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. These fish usually grow to around 12 inches long by autumn. Other species in the lake include suckers and black crappie. Whether fishing from the banks or by boat, you're sure to hook something good.

  • Hiking

    Explore the area by foot on the parks hiking trails!

  • Picnicking

    The park's 3 day-use picnic areas offer fire rings with grills, both flush and vault toilets, picnic tables, fish cleaning stations, drinking water, trash cans, and coin operated showers.

  • RVing

    Campgrounds offer RV sites with 50 amp electric hookups.

  • Water Sports

    Cooney Reservoir is one of the only bodies of still water in the area, making it a perfect place to swim and boat. To prevent any accidents, swimming is best done near the shores in the designated "no wake zone". Boating sports are a very popular water recreation at Cooney Reservoir, including water skiing, intertubing, and wake boarding. Cooney can get very busy in the summer, so caution should be used when participating. Canoeing and kayaking are also enjoyable at Cooney, just remember to stay near the shore and watch for motor boats.

  • Winter Sports

    Cooney State Park is open year-round to host recreation sports of all seasons. Nordic skiing is popular in the park.

Directions

Driving

22 miles southwest of Laurel on U.S. 212, then 8 miles west of Boyd on county road. Or, south of Columbus 4 miles to Shane Creek Road, 14 miles east.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 445-2326

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