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Annual visitation up at state parks in Montana

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jan 12 2013 11:20:14 AM MST
MONTANA STATE PARKS
HELENA, Mont. -

Officials with Montana State Parks say annual visitation to state parks in 2012 was up 7 percent compared to the previous year.
    
Administrator Chas Van Genderen says that in 2012 state parks drew more than 2 million visitors.
    
Van Genderen says Montana residents and out-of-state visitors understand that state parks offer an affordable place to enjoy such activities as camping, hiking and fishing, and that visitors can also learn about Montana's heritage.
    
Officials tell the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/WAqCT0) that 77 percent of visitors to state parks were Montana residents.
    
Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls drew the most visitors of any state park with nearly 293,000 visits.