Outdoor Recreation

Adventures at Slippery Ann

Adventures at Slippery Ann View the elk at Slippery Ann Elk have been gathering every fall on the Missouri River bottom for ages, and for the past several years, people have been gathering there as well to watch them. The Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area near the Fred Robinson Bridge on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is open each fall to view the annual...

Lewistown City Parks

Whether you’re looking for a picnic spot, tennis, swimming or just a place to let the kids roam, you’ll find plenty of parks in Lewistown for your enjoyment. d’Autremont Softball Complex: Near the airport on Air-port Road. Softball fields, walking trail nearby. Home of Montana Softball Hall of Fame. Frank Day City Park: End of Fifth Avenue South...

Lewistown Trail System

Lewistown Trail System For a community its size, Lewistown has a trail system offering great opportunities to explore whether on foot or bicycle and an extension west of town for equestrian use. Through a combination of City foresight in acquiring a large section of abandoned rail bed and the enthusiastic support of volunteers, there is now nearly 20 miles of trails...

Fort Peck is the Place to go for Big Walleyes

Although water levels slowly recovering on Fort Peck Lake, Central Montana anglers can still find plenty of big walleyes in Montana’s largest reservoir. In the May 2003 issue of Field and Stream magazine, Fort Peck was listed as one of “The 25 hottest spots in America.” The notoriety comes with good reason. The sprawling reservoir offers walleye...

Fishing Hot Spots In Central Montana

Ackley Lake: Located about 23 miles southwest of Lewistown, near Hobson. This man-made lake is stocked yearly and offers excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing. Take U.S. 87 for 20.7 miles west to Hobson, and follow the signs. Boating permitted and and over-night camp- ing spots are available. Beaver Creek: A local creek just west of Lewistown...

Hot Spots for Camping in The Area

Below are the area camping hot spots. Click on each name to read the details about the spot. Big Springs Trout Hatchery Auto Tour of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Explore Knox Ridge and the CMR Take in a Local Creek Take a Dip, Cast a Line at a Local Lake Take a Trip Around the Judiths Circle the Snowies Enjoy the...

Big Springs Trout Hatchery

Like Crystal Lake in the Big Snowy Mountains, the Big Springs Trout Hatchery is another of the old standbys in the area. For a quick picnic or place to relax, there is no better destination. It offers a softball field, volleyball area, bird-watching and fishing nearby. The hatchery itself produces 3 million trout each year and includes a feeding...

Auto Tour of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

The 25-mile tour barely scratches the surface of the 1.1-million-acre refuge, but the scenery is breathtaking and wildlife viewing is superb. The tour route winds down along the river and then turns north and loops back up to 191. When it’s dry, the roads on the refuge and in the Breaks can usually be traveled by most types of vehicles. The...

Explore Knox Ridge and the CMR

From Winifred to the Fred Robinson Bridge on Hwy. 191, Knox Ridge Road offers travelers a taste of the Missouri River Breaks without ever leaving their car. After traveling through farm and ranch land for several miles, the road drops quickly into the heart of the Breaks and continues to Hwy. 191. From there you can turn south and head back to...

Take in a Local Creek - Big Spring Creek and Warm Spring Creeks

Lakes and ponds are great, but there’s just something magical about a trout stream. And Central Montana is blessed with an abundance of them. From Beaver and Cottonwood creeks in the Snowies to Yogo Creek and the forks of the Judiths in the Little Belts, to Big Spring and Warm Spring, creeks are a great place for young and old alike. Big Spring...

Take a Dip, Cast a Line at a Local Lake

East Fork and Ackley Lake are probably the two most popular reservoirs within a 40-mile radius of Lewistown. Both have camping, picnicking, restroom and boat launching facilities, and both are free. Ackley is located 23 miles from Lewistown near Hobson. East Fork is 11 miles southeast near Heath. Other local reservoirs with picnic facilities and...

Circle the Snowies

From the timbered slopes of the north side to the dry grassy meadows in the south, a trip around the Big Snowies can give you a whole new appreciation for the familiar range near town. A great way to circle the Snowies is by starting on upper Spring Creek, traveling to Heath, then getting on Red Hill Road near East Fork Reservoir. Follow Red Hill...

Enjoy the Snowies

The north side of the Big Snowy Mountains is spectacular, but other than Crystal Lake, it’s pretty tough to access. As a result, the Crystal Lake area tends to get a little crowded at times. If you’d like to explore the Snowies without the crowds, try Cottonwood Creek straight south of Lewistown. The Forest Service has a parking area and trailhead...

Explore the Little Belt Mountains

Trout, trails, great views and a laid-back setting are just a few of the offerings of the South Fork of the Judith River in the Little Belt Mountains near Utica. The South Fork is a user-friendly area where you can truly relax and enjoy the day at one of the many established camping sites or at the historic Judith Station, a restored FWP ranger...

Gigantic Warm Spring

With 50,000 gallons of 68-degree water bubbling out of the earth every minute, the Gigantic Warm Spring is certainly worthy of its name. It has long been a local favorite for swimming, picnicking, volleyball games or just hanging out. The Gigantic Warm Spring is located on the Dave Vanek ranch, 12 miles north of Lewistown on the highway to Denton...

Climb Judith Peak

Want to climb the highest peak in the Judith Mountains and not even break a sweat? No problem. A couple of gallons of gas are all you need to enjoy one of the most spectacular sites in Central Montana. At 6,247 feet, Judith Peak is the highest mountain in the nearby Judith Range, and there is a well-maintained road all the way to the top. The...