It’s a lovely summer weekend in Central Montana, and Ackley Lake State Park is packed. Or at least the shoreline is, with at least 30 RVs and campers lined up around the edge of the crystal clear lake located five miles southwest of Hobson.
A couple of boats slowly motor across the lake while a few fisherman sit in lawn chairs on the shore, lines in, waiting for fish to bite. The smell of bacon and eggs lingers on the morning breeze. The sun reflects off the water, which is high this time of year, lapping at the trunks of the cottonwoods.