Address 1: 8 miles south of Belt on U.S. 89, then .5 mile west on county road 340
City: Great Falls
Phone: (406) 454-5840
Open all Year: Yes
Full Hook: Yes
You’ll definitely want your camera handy when you spend a day or a weekend in this remote setting. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it winds through a beautiful canyon carved in limestone. This rugged area has seen its share of prospectors searching for precious metals, miners, muleskinners, smeltermen and railroaders building bridges. The Barker mines and the Montana Central Railroad are just a part of the rich history of this park.
Long before the mines opened, the railroad was built, and white settlers and ranchers came to what now comprises Sluice Boxes State Park, several tribes of Indians that still live in present-day Montana occupied and managed the natural resources of the area. These tribes include the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille, Kootenai, Gros Ventre, Crow, Assiniboine, Chippewa-Cree, and Little Shell Band of Chippewa.
A primitive, unmaintained trail provides access to fishing, challenging floats, and wildlife viewing. Steep cliffs, rugged terrain, and cold, swift water may pose risks to visitors. Please use caution while hiking and floatingin the park.
A Backcountry Campsite Permit is required to camp in this park. Check with Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff in the Great Falls office when planning your trip.