Experience the wild side of Montana with a visit to Pirogue Island State Park. Located right in the Yellowstone River, this 600-acre island is a remote location that will bring out the explorer in your pooch. It’s the pawfect place to spend some quality time with your pup!
Choose between paddling out to the island and taking the
footbridge just to the south of the park's entrance. The park has just under
three miles of trails. Follow the Island Loop Trail around the northern half of
the park or take the Pirogue Island Trail down to the southern shore. As you
wander around the island and look out at the Yellowstone River, imagine what
the area was like when Lewis and Clark’s Corp of Discovery traveled through
During the summer, when the river’s side channels aren’t
flowing, you and your four legged sidekick can stroll down the river
beds. These channels are surrounded by trees and make the pawfect alternative
to the dusty footpaths. Plus, your doggo can splash in the pools to cool off.
Nature-spotting is a hugely popular past time in Pirogue
Island State Park. The island tends to be rather isolated, which makes it a quiet
spot to view creatures in their natural habitats. Pirogue Island State Park is home
to several bird species including belted kingfishers, shorebirds, waterfowl,
passerines, and even the occasional bald eagle. You may even catch a glimpse of some mule or whitetail deer.
While there are no camping facilities in the park, you will find a pawsome picnic area. Grills and fire rings are also available, so bring some friends and have a tasty barbecue. Remember to carry water and some clean up bags, and always pick up after your beloved pet. A visit to this park will make your pooch one happy hound!