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@brushlakestate

Western Montana may have finally received some fire relief. However, eastern Montana is ablaze! Our wetlands are turning red with this unique, salt loving plant! #swampfire #salicornia #salicorniarubra #caryophyllales #mymontanasummer #chenopodiaceae ceae #brushlakestatepark #nemontana #mtstateparks #mtexploremore #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtstateparks at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

With all this humid weather ant allates (winged-reproductive ants) have taken the park by storm! Find out more about these eusocial insects at our nature walk tonight, 6:30-7:30pm #brushlakestatepark #allate #formicidae #eusocial #hymenoptera #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #mymontanasummer at Brush Lake State Park

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@elishamack

Ackley Lake State Park is practically in the very center of beautiful Montana! We found it amongst golden farmland on this pretty day. This park is #58 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@flatheadlakemontana

Yes it's true, this Island is home to Wild Horses, big horn sheep, deer, fox, turkey and more. At over 2100 acres, it's always an adventure to access this remote paradise by boat and go explore. #FlatheadLake #WildHorseIsland #MtStateParks at Wild Horse Island

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@mtraerae

Home sweet home for the next month... only thing better would be to have my boys here too! #montana #mtstateparks #stateparks #camplife #roadtrip #howtotacklethenewjob

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@flatheadlakemontana

It may be a bit hazy, but it's pretty clear that fall is quickly settling in and it's going to be a gorgeous season out here. You're welcome to join me for a beautiful time. Feel free to message me for a special rate. #FlatheadLake #MtStateParks at Big Arm State Park

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@brushlakestate

Karner blue butterflies can be found all over the park! Searching for the ever rare mud puddle 😃 #brushlakestatepark #karnerblue #karnerbluebutterfly #lepidoptera #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #mymontanasummer #lycaeidesmelissasamuelis at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

We have three species of snakes that call Brush Lake home. Join us Sunday evenings to learn more about the important roles snakes play in the western prairies! Pictured is a gopher or bull snake #pituophiscatenifer #brushlakestatepark #mtexploremore #mtfwp #mtstateparks #mymontanasummer #mtfwpwhereareyou #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@elishamack

I loved all the red pebbles at beautiful Salmon Lake State Park! Gnocchi and Pork Chop had to investigate the little rocks too. They were happy to get out of the car and cool off their feet! That makes this park #57 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown with our fun friends! And our furry friends! @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@elishamack

Gorgeous Placid Lake State Park was just perfect on this summer day! I'm amazed that I've never stopped at this lake in all the times I've drivers so close! This one is #56 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@elishamack

Another cool spot at Finley Point. The water was a fun blue-green shade at this part of the lake, and I SO wanted to just jump in with all my clothes on! Still #55 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@elishamack

The little marina at Finley Point State Park seems like a small piece of Coeur D'Alene Lake Resort has been plucked from Idaho and dropped into Flathead Lake! What a beautiful view. Park #55 was a fun one to find on this hot day in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown with friends! @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@montana_parent

Come down to Bannack State Park, September 14th-17th for the Bannack Living History Event! Bannack Living History makes the history from 1862-1865 come alive and features historical reenactors that focus on a wide variety of period activities, such as: a tent city, Hunters and Trappers, Town Doctor, Blacksmith, Schoolhouse, Sawmill, Mercantile, Carpenter, Dressmakers, Saloon, Telegraph, Street Vendor, Boarding House, and period photography. This is unique event is fun for the whole family! http://stateparks.mt.gov/bannack/ #mtstateparks #Bannack #history

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@elishamack

Wayfarers State Park is a favorite of mine! Whenever we travel over to Flathead Lake, we almost always end up running out onto the dock here for our first wide view of this massive lake! Located on the edge of the adorable town of Bigfork, Montana, this park is a perfect spot to launch a boat, try paddle boarding, or have a picnic. They also have a camping!! And this park is #53 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown with friends! @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@kellywicksphotography

This #auroraborealis shot is from earlier this year. The current storm is visible as I type this. 😁 #aurora #montana #mtstateparks #exploremt #montanamoment #northernlights #darksky #spaceweather #stars at Brush Lake State Park

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@elishamack

Les Mason State Park was a great spot! Located on the east side of Whitefish lake, they also have rentals for stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats. AND we found their beach for dogs! And there was lots of happy canines and people loving the water on this gorgeous day. This is #52 in or #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @mtstateparks @mtstateparks

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@elishamack

Right on the edge of beautiful Whitefish, Montana is the Whitefish State Park and it is a beautiful spot, with a great view of Big Mountain! I love that there are great opportunities to rent and use stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats. And this park is #51 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@elishamack

We had a lovely stop at our 50th State Park that we've explored this year! Can you believe we made it to FIFTY PARKS so far?! Logan State Park on the Middle Thompson Lake is perfect for fishing, swimming, and camping. Pork Chop loved walking in the cool water and Gnocchi had to investigate the crawfish trap full of squirmy little crawdads. This park makes #50 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@ashtonannajackson

We took a mini road trip today to Great Falls to escape the smoke in Missoula. First Peoples' Buffalo Jump State Park was a super interesting and educational stop! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #montana #montanamoment #montanalife #montanagram #montanalove #mtbigskyseries #greatfalls #bigskycountry #firstpeoples #nativeamerican #history #buffalojump #statepark #stateparks #mtstateparks #nativehistory #rockymountainlife #montanahistory at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

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@elishamack

Lone Pine State Park has some amazing views of the Flathead Valley! You can see Big Mountain, Glacier National Park, Jewel Basin, and even to Flathead Lake if it's a clear enough day. After taking in the views, I felt the need to jump for joy beside what I decided is the "Lone Pine" the park is named after. And this is #49 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@mtstateparks

The sun sets over Medicine Rocks State Park in Carter County. 📸 @trevanhiersche#mtstateparks #mtexploremore #montanamoment #optoutside #exploremore #southeastmontana #sunset at Medicine Rocks State Park

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@elishamack

West Shore State Park on Flathead Lake was so pretty! I love sweet Montana evening skies like this! This spot looked perfect for a summer or fall weekend. This is also #48 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks #bigskypic

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@mtstateparks

Rosebud Battlefield, located on the rolling prairie of eastern Montana, preserves the site of the June 17, 1876 battle that was a harbinger to the Battle of Little Bighorn. It represents the proactive position of the 1,500 Sioux and Northern Cheyenne as they forced the withdrawal of Brigadier General George Crook's 1,000 troops at Rosebud Creek. The battle at Rosebud Creek was exceptionally significant because the Indians fought as an army with great intensity to defend their traditional land. Photo by @gftribune . #mtstateparks #mtexploremore #montanamoment #exploremore #optoutside #nationalhistoriclandmark #battlefield #nativeamerican #history #southeastmontana at Rosebud Battlefield State Park

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@elishamack

This was such an absolutely gorgeous evening at Lake Mary Ronan State Park! Interestingly enough, it was 15 degrees cooler at this little lake that it was at Flathead Lake! And it is only 7 miles west of Flathead. This is a fishing and camping haven! And it's #47 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown with our friends. @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@brushlakestate

A friendly reminder from our resident eared grebes: Please be respectful of swimmers while loading boats by entering and exiting on the east end. #brushlakestatepark #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

Join us every Sunday evening for our #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike including this Labor Day weekend! Pictured is a ring-billed gull and a Franklin’s gull. #brushlakestatepark #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #larus at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

Earlier this summer there was a troop of 50+ goslings born at #brushlakestatepark Yesterday they all came back, preparing for their long winter migration! #brantacanadensis #canadagoose #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore at Brush Lake State Park

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@elishamack

I love this bay at Big Arm State Park! Every time we've visited here it is late afternoon or evening, and the water of Flathead Lake looks so beautiful!! Still #46 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@elishamack

Big Arm State Park. Need I say more? Just kidding, but this beautiful bay on the western shore of Flathead Lake is awesome, It's also #46 in our #2017stateparkphotothrowdown

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@mtstateparks

No, it's not the tropics, it's northeast Montana! Photo by @ramonahaginphotos_art.#mtstateparks #mtexploremore #montanamoment #optoutside #exploremore at Brush Lake State Park

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@linnea_flower94

The world's just spinning A little too fast If things don't slow down soon we might not last So just for the moment, let's be still [The Head And The Heart] . . #lyrics #theheadandtheheart #thath #song #music #letsbestill #nature #outdoors #creek #flower #focus #blurry #montana #mt #mtstateparks #statepark #outdoorfun #adventure #roadtrip #rocks #purple #flower #purpleflower #canon #photography #naturephoto #flowerphoto #flowers #lovely #naturephotography at Lost Creek State Park

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@elishamack

Thompson Falls State Park is a pretty, quiet campground located on the Clark Fork River. I loved the view of the mountains across the river, and this is a wonderful place to relax and fish. Too bad we didn't have any fishing gear with us! This park is #45 in the awesome #2017stateparkphotothrowdown @travelwithreallymontana @mtstateparks

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@cman95and

My second favorite rodent at the park is this little guy! Thirteen lined ground squirrels can run up to 8 mph! And can have tunnels reaching over 200 feet long 😮 plus it’s scientific nomenclature is the bomb #ictidomystridecemlineatus #montanafishwildlifeandparks #brushlakestatepark #blsp #exploremore #mtstateparks at Brush Lake State Park

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@mtstateparks

Bannack was the first territorial capital of Montana and the site of Montana's first major gold discovery in 1862. The Masonic Lodge/School house was built for $1500 in 1874, or about $30,000 in today's value. Photo by @thirtyfivef2#mtexploremore #mtstateparks #montanamoment #exploremore #getoutdoors #optoutside #bannack #bannackghosttown #ghosttown #history #nationalhistoriclandmark #southwestmontana at Bannack, Montana

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@brushlakestate

American pronghorn are frequent visitors to #brushlakestatepark Commonly thought of as relatives of deer, American pronghorn are actually more closely related to giraffes! Learn more at our #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #antilocapraamericana #americanpronghorn #giraffoidea at Brush Lake State Park

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@rebeccaguss

Never ending texture on texture. #ghosttowns #mtstateparks at Bannack, Montana

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@brushlakestate

Eared grebes have the longest period of flightlessness of any bird capable of flight! For 9-10 months each year, they are unable to fly and their wing and heart muscles start to shrink!😮 #brushlakestatepark #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #earedgrebe #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@mtstateparks

The perfect way to enjoy a beautiful evening in calm waters soaking in the lingering rays. 📸 @levi.hoch#mtexploremore #mtstateparks #montanamoment #optoutside #getoutdoors #getoutside #getoutstayout #exploremore #flatheadlake #sunset #kayak #lakelife at Flathead Lake State Park

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@rebeccaguss

The best Linoleum tile. Ever. #fromwhereistand #ghosttown #mtstateparks at Bannack, Montana

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@rebeccaguss

Just taking a #mirrorselfie in a #ghosttown 👻 #mtstateparks at Bannack, Montana

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@brushlakestate

Thunder storms may ruin your beach plans, but they sure are beautiful! #brushlakestatepark #summerstorm #thunderstorm #mtexploremore #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

The elusive American bittern can more often be heard than seen. This relative of night herons eats snakes and frogs. Indigestible pieces are then regurgitated in pellets 😮 #americanbittern #brushlakestatepark #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtstateparks #birding #botauruslentiginosus #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

Eestern kingbirds can be seen gracefully catching flies all summer long! Keep an eye out for their yellow cousins, the western kingbird! #brushlakestatepark #easternkingbird #westernkingbird #flycatcher #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtfwp #mtstateparks #mtexploremore #birding #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@dowehavehope

School is coming up and all I want to do is run away to camp with my new and very small friend Mindy. . . . . . #anniversarytrip #mtstateparks #visitmt #stayaweekoralifetime #camping #igotsosunburned at Lost Creek State Park

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@brushlakestate

Bumble bees can be found busily working at the park along with a number of different pollinators! #brushlakestatepark #bombus #apidae #pollinator #mtstateparks #mtexploremore #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

The Milky way is visible from the beach almost every night in the summer! #brushlakestatepark #mtstateparks #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #milkywaygalaxy #spiralgalaxy at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

Learn more about the limestone reefs that parallel Brush Lake’s shoreline and their inhabitants at our guided nature walk! Schedule a time that works best for you. #brushlakestatepark #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtfwp #mtstateparks #mtexploremore #tufaridge #limestonereef #hydrology at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

A nest with 9 #bluewingedteal eggs, found earlier this summer! Blue winged teals are the second most common duck in the U.S. and overwinter in South America 🌎 #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #brushlakestatepark #mtstateparks #migration #dabblingduck #anasdiscors #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@brushlakestate

Get your #herp on! #brushlakestatepark has a number of reptile and amphibian species that are sure to quench your herpetology needs! #mtstateparks #herpetology #amphibians #reptiles #northernleopardfrog #mtexploremore #herping #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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@lanaexplores

This is a horrible and grainy photo, but the horror reflects how we felt when we tried to camp at the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park the other night. I'm super glad that we had already gotten to experience the amazing cave tour they offer a couple years ago, so we didn't miss out on too much. I HIGHLY recommend a visit to this park when you're not competing for campsites! This is our 34th stop on the #2017stateparkphotothrowdown at Lewis and Clark Caverns

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@brushlakestate

One of the many legumes we have growing at #brushlakestatepark are the purple prairie clovers. Legumes are a very special family of plant. Join us on Sunday evenings 6:30-7:00 to learn more! #daleapurpurea #purplepraireclover #fabid #fabaceae #legume #mtfwp #mtfwpwhereareyou #mtexploremore #brushlakestatepark #mtstateparks #birdsofthewesternprairiesinterpretivehike at Brush Lake State Park

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