Black Sandy State Park

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Black Sandy State Park
Hauser Lake Moon.jpg
Moonrise over Hauser Lake near Black Sandy
Black Sandy State Park is located in Montana
Black Sandy State Park
Location Lewis and Clark County, Montana
Nearest city Helena
Coordinates 46°44′46″N 111°53′10″W / 46.746°N 111.886°W / 46.746; -111.886Coordinates: 46°44′46″N 111°53′10″W / 46.746°N 111.886°W / 46.746; -111.886
Area 43 acres (17 ha)
Operated by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Open Year-round

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.[1] 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.[2] The park is along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area in 1805.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Dogs are allowed.[6] The maximum stay allowed is seven days.[7] There are summertime campfire programs.[5] The state park reservation system recently adopted an internet-based reservation system.[8]

In February 2012, a prefabricated concrete office building was proposed[9][10][11] 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.[8]

Just south of the park is White Sandy, a recreation site operated by the United States Bureau of Land Management which opened on May 25, 2007. It has 32 campsites and other amenities.[12]


  1. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hauser Lake". Moon Travel Guides. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Lewis and Clark Trail. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Black Sandy State Park" (PDF). Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Black Sandy State Park". Montana Department of Tourism. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Missoula Independent. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Black Sandy State Park". Visit Montana. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Byron, Eve (February 28, 2012). "FWP wants to build $40K visitor center". Helena Independent Record. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Draft Environmental Assessment Black Sandy State Park Office Building Project" (PDF). Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. February 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Comments Sought on Black Sandy State Park Building Project". Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. February 27, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Black Sandy State Park Proposed Office Building". Black Sandy State Park Proposed Office Building. April 5, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "White Sandy Recreation Site". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 

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