Ackley Lake State Park

Ackley Lake State Park

Ackley Lake State Park, near Hobson, offers numerous outdoor activities, including motor boating, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, ice fishing, swimming, photography, birding, hiking and just relaxing. The lake is approximately 160 acres in size and the park’s land is about 160 acres.


Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability. 

  • Boat Launch
  • Campsite
  • Established Fire Pits
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Toilets (Vault)

Primary Activities


There are 15 first-come campsites with shelters covering the picnic table, and a fire ring at each site. Three sites do not have shelters but do have picnic tables and fire rings. There is no potable water or electricity in the park. 

Cost: Non-residents must pay $24 a night for camping. There is no charge for Montana residents to camp. There is no camp host present; fees must be paid upon arrival at the informational kiosk.


Ackley Lake is home to Ring-Necked Pheasant, Gray Partridge, American Robin, Downy Woodpecker, Snipe, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, White-Crowned and Song Sparrows, and Yellow and Yellow-Rumped Warblers.

Best Season(s): Spring and fall migrations. 

Information courtesy of Birding Trails Montana: 240 Birding Locations Across the Big Sky State.

Boating & Canoeing

The 160-acre Ackley Lake is available for motor-boating, canoeing/kayaking, water skiing, and jet skiing. There are two boat ramps and a seasonal boat dock. 


Well stocked with rainbow trout and tiger muskies, the lake is often good angling for 10 to 15 inch fish. The lake is available for open water and ice fishing.

Primary Species:

  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Kokanee
  • Longnose Sucker
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Tiger Muskies
  • White Sucker

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