This 12-mile impoundment of the Tongue River is one of the few lakes of any size in southeastern Montana, and the summer crowds—some 50,000 visitors annually—attest to its popularity in this corner of the state and adjoining Wyoming. Don't come looking for solitude, but if you're in a sociable mood, the temperate months will provide plenty of companionship for those who love water-skiing, boating, sunning, and fishing for the lake's plentiful bass, crappie, walleye and northern pike (four state record fish have been landed here).
Natural scenery includes juniper-treed red shale canyons, and the human kind is provided by the bustle of 154 campsites—including 40 that are paved and wired for electricity—on 642 acres. Fish-cleaning stations and an RV dump station help keep things tidy.
There's a small store/marina offering boat rental, groceries, and LP gas six days a week from May 30 through Sept. 1.