Nice area, refreshing swim.. Could be more shade. Limited fire pits but lots of space. Free for Montana residents!
Ackley Lake State Park campground has no camping fees for Montana residents, for nonresidents the cost is$24 per night. The campground has two vault toilets, but no running water or trash service. While visiting I counted 26 metal fire rings at the campground. Most of those fire rings had picnic tables, but not all of them. Their are 15 numbered campsites with metal fire rings with a cement picnic table with a lean-to to block the wind and provide a little shade. The numbered sites sit along the shore of the lake allowing you to fish from your campsite. The state park also has 2 boat ramps and a seasonal boat dock.
This was a welcome sight on a cross country road trip. We rolled up around sunset to find plentiful open spots, a lovely lake, and four very confused cows.
Many sites offered a sheltered picnic table, which makes me think it might get very hot or very windy.
It looked like fishing and hunting might be possible, but no one was doing either on our trip.
What makes this campground great is if you're looking for a lake in MT that offers a little more solitude to do your watersports. There's a boat ramp that would make anyone from the novice fisherman to the pro water skier happy, but the grounds are small and the price is a little steep for non MT residents.
There are 15 campgrounds, all primitive (no hookups, just fire pits and a shaded picnic table with a communal bathroom) to allow you the solitude of camping near a lake in MT.
It was unique for me to be awoken by cow moos over rooster crows.
Like most state parks, fees are by cash and so make sure you have enough coin to cover the costs (see pics).