Pirogue Island State Park is an over 600-acre island that contains ample opportunities for fishing, hiking, and birdwatching. Guests can choose between paddling out to the island or taking the footbridge just to the south of the park's entrance.
Nature-spotting is a hugely popular past time here in Pirogue Island State Park. The island tends to be rather isolated, which makes it a wonderfully quiet spot to view these creatures in their natural habitats. Pirogue Island State Park is full over several bird species including belted kingfishers, shorebirds, waterfowl, passerines, and even the occasional bald eagle. You might also catch a whitetail deer as you take it all in.
Public hiking trails exist here, most of which are level and paved which means guests of all types of abilities will be able to enjoy the views that are on display. A trait not often seen in state parks are sided channels. During the rainy spring months, these channels run parallel to the hiking paths and take care of the large amounts of water that traditionally have built up and washed out entire sections.
But during the dry summers, these channels are surrounded by trees and make the perfect alternative to the dusty footpaths. If you're taking a canine with you for this adventure, make sure to keep them leashed while cleaning up any messes they might leave behind. Park officals remind guests that deer ticks are a very common issue in Pirogue Island State Park, so guests with canines should check for these pests before leaving.
Hunting is available on the island as well, during appropriate seasons. Guests can choose to come with either a crossbow or shotgun, but must have the prerequisite license and tags from the state of Montana before engaging in the sport. For more information on the rules and regulations for hunting in the park, make sure to visit the Montana State Park's website.