Brush Lake State Park

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Brush Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Brush Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Brush Lake State Park
Location in Montana
LocationSheridan, Montana, United States
Coordinates48°36′10″N 104°6′46″W / 48.60278°N 104.11278°W / 48.60278; -104.11278Coordinates: 48°36′10″N 104°6′46″W / 48.60278°N 104.11278°W / 48.60278; -104.11278[1]
Area450 acres (180 ha)
Elevation1,959 ft (597 m)[1]
Governing bodyMontana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
WebsiteBrush Lake State Park

Brush Lake State Park is a public recreation area located four miles east of the community of Dagmar, Montana.[3] The park surrounds three sides of the highly alkaline, 280-acre (110 ha), sixty-foot-deep Brush Lake.[4]


Brush Lake became a popular gathering place in the early years of the twentieth century, when residents of the surrounding communities were drawn to its clear, deep, spring-fed waters.[4] Hans Christian Hansen built a summer resort on the lake after filing homesteading papers in 1914. A bar and cafe were added to the site by 1920, with a dance hall added in the 1940s.[5] In 2004, the state purchased 450 acres surrounding the north side of the lake to create a state park, while the lake's southern portion remained in private hands.[6]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping facilities as well as opportunities for boating and canoeing;[3] the lake's high mineral content makes it inhospitable to fish life.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Brush Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Park Origin by Date". Montana State Parks. 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Brush Lake State Park". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c McKean, Andrew (September–October 2005). "Oasis on the Prairie". Montana Outdoors. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Aarstad, Rich; et al. (2009). Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press. p. 33. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Minutes". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. December 15–19, 2004. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

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