Black Sandy State Park

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Black Sandy State Park
Hauser Lake Moon.jpg
Moonrise over Hauser Lake near Black Sandy
Map showing the location of Black Sandy State Park
Map showing the location of Black Sandy State Park
Location in Montana
LocationLewis and Clark, Montana, United States
Coordinates46°45′25″N 111°53′23″W / 46.75694°N 111.88972°W / 46.75694; -111.88972Coordinates: 46°45′25″N 111°53′23″W / 46.75694°N 111.88972°W / 46.75694; -111.88972[1]
Area43 acres (17 ha)
Elevation3,904 ft (1,190 m)[1]
Governing bodyMontana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
WebsiteBlack Sandy State Park

Black Sandy State Park, located 15 miles (24 km) north of Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County, is a Montana state park on the shores of Hauser Lake, which is formed by Hauser Dam.[3]


The dam, at an elevation of 3,835 feet (1,169 m), was built in the early 1900s and named after former governor Samuel Thomas Hauser;[4] the park is along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area in 1805. Prior to 1980, Montana Power Company owned the land and operated the park as a recreation area. In 1980, Montana Power turned over management of the park to Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). In 1982, it was designated a state recreation area. Later on the land was also turned over to FWP.[5]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Recreational activities available at the park include: hiking, tent camping (four sites), RV camping (29 sites), swimming, picnic areas, fishing for kokanee salmon and trout, boating, and water skiing.[6] Dogs are allowed;[7] the maximum stay allowed is seven days.[8] There are summertime campfire programs;[6] the state park reservation system recently adopted an internet-based reservation system.[9]

In the news[edit]

In February 2012, a prefabricated concrete office building was proposed[10][11][12] to replace a wooden 8 by 12 feet (2.4 m × 3.7 m) building with a 16 by 24 feet (4.9 m × 7.3 m) concrete building, with internet access. The new building is projected to cost $40,000.[9]

Adjoining property[edit]

Just south of the park is White Sandy, a recreation area operated by the United States Bureau of Land Management which opened in 2007, it has 32 campsites and other amenities.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Black Sandy State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Park Origin by Date". Montana State Parks. 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Hauser Lake". Moon Travel Guides. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Black Sandy State Park (brochure)". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Black Sandy State Park". Montana Kids. Travel Montana. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Missoula Independent. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Montana Office of Tourism. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Byron, Eve (February 28, 2012). "FWP wants to build $40K visitor center". Helena Independent Record. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  10. ^ "Draft Environmental Assessment Black Sandy State Park Office Building Project" (PDF). Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. February 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  11. ^ "Comments Sought on Black Sandy State Park Building Project". Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. February 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  12. ^ "Black Sandy State Park Proposed Office Building". Black Sandy State Park Proposed Office Building. April 5, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  13. ^ "White Sandy Recreation Area". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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