Helena offers residents and visitors a variety of leisure opportunities including bicycling, boating, hiking trails, swimming and tennis. Play golf or take golf lessons at the municipal golf course. Whatever is your pleasure Helena is the place to visit.
Join the local bicycle club or ride alone with family and friends on one of the many trails in Helena. Visit the links to the left for more information about bicycles and areas to ride.
Play golf on a beautiful 18-hole municipal golf course with views of the mountains in the background or locate other golf courses within the City of Helena.
Skate a 10,000-square-foot, Alltec-designed skate park that features quarter pipe corners with flat bank hips, two different gaps with ledges, a pyramid with a square tube rail, and five benches. One of the benches has a curved edge, one is sloping, another has a step at the top, and yet another has a rail that is two feet high. Use of the park is free to everyone.
Enjoy a day at our outdoor heated municipal swimming pool at Memorial Park during open swimming or take swimming lessons through the City’s Aquatic program.
Children and adults can learn to play tennis through lessons with the City’s Parks Department.
You can hike in the city on one of the well-marked trails on Mount Helena or hike one of the 1,000 miles of trails in the Helena National Forest www.fs.fed.us/r1/helena
Canyon Ferry has become one of Montana's foremost recreation areas because of its proximity to Helena, Great Falls and Butte. The reservoir covers 25 miles and there are 24 Bureau of Reclamation maintained recreation sites around the reservoir. There is east access to the reservoir from US Highway 12 east of Helena or just north of Townsend.
Hauser Lake is a 3,200 acre reservoir on the Missouri River created by Hauser Dam. The lake yields Kokanee Salmon; for which it holds the state record, rainbow and brown trout, walleye and perch. It is an extremely popular take-off point for weekend boating, fishing, and water skiing. There are two scenic public campgrounds on Hauser Lake, White Sandy and a few yards further Black Sandy State Park.
Holter Lake is located in west central Montana near Helena. There are well maintained campgrounds available. It is in an open, grassy area near the shore of Holter Lake surrounded by sparsely wooded hills, There is a prairie dog town just down the road and food service within close proximity of these BLM sites.
Lake Helena is open to day-use, walk-in access yearlong and the following restrictions are to help minimize disturbance to winter resting waterfowl, spring/summer nesting, brood-rearing and molting of waterfowl and shorebirds. The road from the kiosk to the lake (approximately 80 meters) is open for hand-launching of boats from September 1 to the end of waterfowl season (usually the middle of January.) All vehicles MUST park at the kiosk parking lot. Pets MUST be on a leash or under complete voice control at all times.
Park Lake Campground and Park Lake Fishing Access are actually two sites located on the same lake in the Helena National Forest in southwest Montana. At an elevation of 6500 feet, the site encompasses 10 acres. Park Lake Campground sits back slightly from the 3 1/2 acre alpine lake in a lodge pole timber forest. There is boating access but no boats with motors are allowed on the lake. The boat launch is carry-in. Fishing is permitted on the lake. Hiking may also be enjoyed in this scenic area.
Spring Meadow Lake
This urban, day-use-only park minutes from Helena fed by natural springs, is a popular spot for family afternoons of swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, fishing, bird watching, and pure play. When you tire of the beach, walk the park’s easy nature trail that circles the lake, home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. In winter, you can still stroll along the trail and, if it’s cold enough, ice-skate on the lake.