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Fort Owen State Park closed for upgrade and expansion

Fort Owen
Posted at 1:29 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 15:35:43-04

STEVENSVILLE — One of the smallest, but most historic, state parks in Montana is temporarily closed. But when it re-opens, Fort Owen State Park will have new features and more elbow room.

The park, located just west of Stevensville, marks one of the first pioneer settlements in Montana. But the Fort Owen site is small, being surrounded by a private ranch.

Now, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) are proceeding with a plan to revamp the location and add just under an acre of additional land. That will provide space for more parking and better public access while giving more separation from the ranch.

FWP will also come up with ways to preserve the history of the site, with a plan that will be open to public review. Fort Owen probably won't re-open until the summer of 2021.