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Montana's recreation areas provide remarkable opportunities to get outside!

Montana's recreation areas provide remarkable opportunities to get outside!




1. Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
This is the most used recreation area in the state and for good reason. A beautiful mountain lake sits at the end of a beautiful drive up the canyon of Hyalite Creek.

2. The Humbug Spires Primitive Area

 Butte, Butte Area
Named for its unique granite peaks, this primitive area is part of a geologic system of large-scale volcanic intrusions known as the Boulder Batholith, which extends north beyond Helena and south into Idaho.

3. Kootenai River

 Libby, Northwest Montana
The river is named for the Kootenai tribe that lived and hunted in this part of Montana and adjoining territory in Idaho and Canada.

4. Lake Koocanusa

Take Hwy. 37 just north of Libby to the dam.

5. Flathead Lake

 Flathead Area
This beautiful lake is renowned for boating, sailing, fishing, camping, and swimming.

6. Gatiss Gardens

 Kalispell, Flathead Area
These are arguably some of the prettiest gardens to be found anywhere.

7. Hungry Horse Dam & Reservoir

 Martin City, Flathead Area
The nation’s 10th tallest dam towers over the South Fork of the Flathead River just a few miles from the town of Hungry Horse.

8. Lake Como Recreation Area

 Darby, Southwest Montana
Originally called “Lake of the White Moose” by the Indians because of an albino moose that once visited its shores, the scenic 906-acre lake is now the setting of many water sports.

9. Crystal Park

 Wise River, Southwest Montana
Crystal Park is a unique recreation area at an elevation of 7,800 feet in the Pioneer Mountains in southwest Montana.

10. The Pines Campground

 Fort Peck, Northeast Montana
The outstanding features of this recreation area are the tall ponderosa pine trees. This unique campground on the Fork Peck Lake offers a wilderness experience.

11. Fresno Reservoir Campground

 Havre, Havre Area
The Fresno Dam on the Milk River makes the 5,760 acres Fresno Reservoir.  Here fishing for Northern Pike, Perch and Walleye are popular. 

12. James Kipp Recreation Area and Campground

 Malta, Havre Area
Located along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is the James Kepp Recreation Area and campground. It has 34 campsites, 19 single sites, and 15 group sites.

13. Holter Lake Recreation Area and Campground

 Wolf Creek, Helena Area
Holter Lake Recreation Area Campground is a 4 site campground located on the lower Holter Lake and the Missouri River within a recreation area.

14. Camp Fortunate and Clark Canyon Reservoir

 Dillon, Butte Area
Recreation on Clark Canyon Reservoir and Barrett’s Diversion Dam, located on the Beaverhead River south of Dillon, Montana, is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation.

15. Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area

 Townsend, Helena Area
Where the Missouri River joins the Canyon Ferry Reservoir is approximately 5,920 acres of Wildlife viewing. Here you can see water foul and wildlife like white-tailed deer and moose.

16. Canyon Ferry Lake

 Canyon Ferry, Helena Area
This is Montana’s most popular state park offering over 76 miles of shoreline notched with quiet coves perfect for swimming, fishing, and picnics.

17. Hauser Reservoir

 Helena, Helena Area
The historic Hauser dam was Samuel T. Hauser’s idea for creating electricity to sell to the mining companies in Butte and Anaconda.

18. Spring Meadow Lake State Park and Recreation Area

 Helena, Helena Area
Located on the western edge of Helena, this 30-acre spring-fed lake is noted for its clarity and depth. Open to non-motorized boats only, the lake is popular for swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, wildlife viewing, and fishing.
06:00 AM - 10:00 PM

19. Sheepshead Mountain Recreation Area

 Butte, Butte Area
This is a wonderful recreational area primarily because it was designed to allow everyone enjoyment of nature regardless of physical challenges or age.

20. Fort Peck Dam and Lake

 Nashua, Northeast Montana
A product of FDR’s New Deal, construction on Fort Peck Dam began in October of 1933. It was constructed by hydraulic methods and to this day is the largest hydraulically earth-filled dam in the world.

21. Little Rockies Recreation Management Area

 Malta, Havre Area
This heavily-timbered, isolated mountain range rises abruptly from the surrounding plains, pro- viding habitat for a unique mix of mountain and prairie wildlife.

22. Square Butte Natural Area

 Geraldine, Havre Area
A scenic recreational area. This imposing rock butte is home to plentiful deer, elk, mountain goats, and hawks.

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