Photograph the Falls at Lost Creek State Park

Montana Lost Creek State Park Parking Area

  • Activities:

    Camping, Fishing, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Located between I-90 and the Pintler Scenic Highway near the town of Anaconda, Lost Creek State Park is a small park with a large character. The park's defining feature is a moderate sized waterfall, which cascades down a series of granitic terraces.

Drive along the park road until the road loops back near the campground. Park in any available space. From here, the falls are a short, 200 yard walk down a paved trail. Be sure to wear slip resistant shoes that you don't mind getting wet.

After photographing the falls, be sure to follow the trail (a former Forest Service road) for a mile or two to truly experience this subalpine park. If you're feeling adventurous, scramble up the scree slopes bordering the valley for a chance to see bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The occasional elk and moose have been known to frequent the park as well.

For best results, grab one of the creek-side campsites and cast a few lines as you wait for the golden hour.

Other activities include camping, trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Graduated and/or Neutral Density Filters
  • Slip-resistant shoes
  • Camping/Fishing gear (Optional)
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This was the perfect adventure for our family of four. The drive into Lost Creek State Park was really nice. We saw bluebirds, robins and elk on our way in. Once we parked and got out, we could hear the falls from the road. The walk up the paved path was easy and very short. At the end of the path is a bench where you can sit and watch the falls. Very peaceful spot. We went on the day the park officially opened and the water was flowing pretty heavily. My daughters had an awesome time exploring the falls and climbing on the huge boulders on the trail.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Joshua ContoisExplorer

Park Ranger currently working for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Restless by nature, Josh has traveled across the American west in search of new adventures. When not out exploring new trails or sleeping under the stars, you can find him in your local brewery.

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