Hell Creek State Park Pegged for Removal from State Parks System
By angelamontana

Posted: April 26, 2016

How much do you love Fort Peck’s Hell Creek State Park?  There are some issues going on with the park that might leave some Hell Creek State Park lovers unsettled, according to the Billings Gazette.

That’s because Hell Creek, like many other parks, receives federal funding from a tax on the sale of fishing equipment, boats and boat fuel. Last year that amounted to $70,000 for Hell Creek State Park, a large chunk of its $228,000 in expenditures. The more money the park raises in revenue, though, the less the federal grant will pay.

This means that Montana State Parks administrator Chase Van Genderen does not love this grant.  Also, Hell Creek State Park could possibly be removed from the state parks system in the future.

Hell Creek State Park has been pegged for removal from the state parks system in 2021 in part because it has a $4 million list of possible improvements. Under a new ranking system to fund the most-visited and important parks first, Hell Creek is near the bottom. Out of four classes, Class 1 being the most important parks, Hell Creek is ranked Class 3, partly because visitation is limited due to its location a long way from nowhere.

We love Hell Creek State Park at the Montana Outdoor Radio Show, but what does this mean for you?  Read the full article in the Billings Gazette here.

(Feature photo via visitmt.com)