Welcome to the Recreation Programs and Activities page. The City of Helena offers families and individuals a wide variety of choices for fun! In the summer we play in the parks, swim under the sun, put golf balls down greens and volley on the tennis courts. In the winter we go ice skating, catch a show at the Civic Center, and cross-country ski at the golf course. Please take some time to read the links below for more details; you’re bound to find something interesting to do.
Free Youth Archery
Free Youth Archery
In partnership with Montana WILD we offer a free archery shoot and instruction for youth ages 10-18 during the summer months. Bows and arrows are provided, and no outside equipment is allowed.
Participants must wear closed toed shoes and a parent or guardian must be present for the duration of the class.
When: Check the online registration for program dates.
When: Montana WILD at 2668 Broadwater Av. Helena, MT
Baseball and Softball
Join the local bicycle club or ride alone with family and friends on one of the many trails in Helena. Helena is a Silver Level Ride Center as recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association.
Check out our community partner, Bike Helena’s webpage for trail maps, suggested rides and all things biking.
Free Summer Day Camps: Kay’s Kids
Free Summer Day Camps: Kay’s Kids
The City of Helena Parks and Recreation partners with the non-profit Kay McKenna Youth Foundation to provide completely free summer day camps for kids. We offer three different camps that run throughout the summer for ages 6 & 7, ages 8 & 9 and ages 10 & 11. Children rotate throughout Helena’s wonderful parks with their age group so that they may experience a variety of activities, like pickleball instructors, swim lessons, planting a garden and more. Each week has a different theme, so no two weeks of camp are the same!
Registration is required for all participants in the program. Parents may register their child online or call the Recreation Department. You can find more information and program dates at our online registration site.
The City of Helena Parks and Recreation also partner with the Munchtana Food Program to provide free lunches for the campers and Helena’s youth.
Day camps are held three different parks, please check to see where your child’s camp is scheduled to be every week.
Barney Park Shelter 1950 Cleveland
Lincoln Park Warming House 1800 N Roberts
Memorial Park Warming House 1105 Last Chance Gulch
If you are interested in donating to the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation, please visit their website.
Bill Roberts Golf Course
Established in 1925, Bill Roberts Golf Course is a great place to connect with friends, play golf and have fun. The 18-hole, 6,782-yard championship course is beautifully maintained providing a park-like setting right in the center of Montana’s capital city. In addition to the course, they offer a driving range, practice green, 3 indoor golf simulators, PGA instruction, full-service golf shop and brand-new bar and grille.
You can visit their website for rates, tee times, events a grille menu and more.
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 rainbow, brown trout, walleye, perch and Kokanee salmon; for which it holds the state record. 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.
Holter Lake is in west central Montana near Helena with well-maintained campgrounds available. It is in an open, grassy area near the shore of Holter Lake surrounded by sparsely wooden hills. There is a prairie dog town just down the road and food service within proximity of these BLM sites.
Lake Helena is open to day use, walk-in access year long. The road from the kiosk to the lake (approximately 80 meters) is open for hand-launching of boats from September 1st to the end of waterfowl season (usually the middle of January). All vehicles must park at the kiosk parking lot. Pets must always be on a leash or under voice control. These restrictions are to help minimize disturbance to winter resting waterfowl, spring/summer nesting, brood-rearing and molting of waterfowl and shorebirds.
Park Lake Campground and Park Lake Fishing Access are two sites located on the same lake in the Helena National Forest in southwest Montana. At an elevation of 6,500 feet, the site encompasses 10 acres. Park Lake Campground sits back slightly from the 3.5-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 and there are plenty of scenic hiking trails.
This urban, day-use-only park is minutes from Helena is a popular spot for afternoons of swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, fishing and bird watching. When you tire of the beach, walk the park’s easy nature trail that circles the lake and is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. In winter, you can still stroll along the trail and ice skate on the lake.
Memorial Park Warming House and Ice Rinks
Memorial Park Warming House and Ice Rinks
The Memorial Park Warming House is a cozy place to rent some skates, enjoy a hot chocolate and ice skate under the twinkling lights. The Warming House hours are always weather dependent, so call the ice-line 443-8774 or check Facebook for current conditions.
Hours of Operation: Daily Admission Fees:
(Skate Rental included with admission)
Friday: 4-8pm Ages 0-5: Free!
Saturday: 11am – 8pm Ages 6-17: $1.00
Sunday: 12-6pm Ages 18+: 1.50
Hosting a Party?
Contact the Parks and Recreation office to use our party room or rent the whole facility. Click here to view the rental application and rental fee breakdown. Interested in bringing your class on a field trip? Click here for an application and more information.
Come Play Broomball
Every Friday night pick-up games for all ages from 7-8pm. It’s like hockey but without the skates! Wear your tennis shoes, dress warm and join us for a pick-up game.
We have limited skate rentals, particularly larger sizes.
We close as needed due to poor ice conditions.
If the west gate is unlocked, the ice is available for public use. If it is locked the rink is closed for maintenance so, please stay off the ice.
Unattended Ice Rinks
Unattended ice rinks are located at Cunningham Park, Barney Park and Lincoln Park. The rinks are open from dawn to dusk. You must bring all your own gear and share the ice with other skaters. The rinks are flooded in the mornings, weather permitting, so please avoid using the ice while it is freezing.
Barney Park: 1950 Cleveland St.
Cunningham Park : 1234 Floweree St.
Lincoln Park : 1800 N Roberts St.
Pickleball Lessons! Classes are held at the Civic Center Courts - Equipment Provided.
Register Online Here! or call 447-8077.
Session 1: June 16th - June 25th
Session 2: July 7th - July 16th
Tuesday & Thursday
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America as more and more people are discovering the fun and challenge of the sport. In Helena participation increased 60% in the last year alone. Part of the appeal of pickleball is the ability to play competitive games with others with minimal instruction. As a player learns new skills and gains more experience the fun increases too. Pickleball is one of the few sports in which juniors can easily participate with adults making it an outstanding family activity. Open to ages 12 and up.
A ten-foot-tall Sasquatch has been spotted on open lands. From 09/11/2020 through 11/20/2020 Sasquatch will be moving through Helena's trails for an eleven week long, city wide scavenger hunt.
WHO knows where Sasquatch will be every week? No one knows for sure, but the Helena Parks and Recreation team is out on the trails and has a pretty good idea when he’s on the move. If you have any questions, feel free to contact them: 406-447-8077
WHAT should I do if I find him? Take a selfie! And don’t forget to tag @HelenaParksRecreation and use the hashtag #SQUATCHOUT to enter our photo contest.
WHEN is Sasquatch on the move? Typically, he likes to find a new trail on Fridays to make everyone’s weekend adventures a bit more interesting. Check our social media every week to get clues on where he’s off to next.
WHERE do I start? Try downloading an app or visiting a website like AllTrails.com that has information on popular hikes and trailhead locations around Helena. Basecamp has paper maps for sale if that’s more your style. Once you are on the trails, markers will direct you, making it easy to stay on the course you’ve chosen. If you’ve never hiked or biked before, getting started doesn’t need to be intimidating. Remember that everyone is there to enjoy themselves so don’t worry about the destination and enjoy the journey!
WHY should I participate? Sasquatch knows Helena’s open lands better than anyone. Pay attention to where he’s been and try to figure out where he’s going. You will find brand new trails you didn’t know existed before – maybe even a new favorite. No tickets, entry fee or reservation needed to participate – get outside and have some fun!
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, one has a step at the top, another has a rail that is two feet high. Use of the park is free to everyone.
Located at Centennial Park, 1200 N Last Chance Gulch
Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons
Helena Parks and Recreation offers tennis lessons for all ages throughout the summer. We also offer punch cards if drop in lessons work better for you. Check the online registration site for program dates and class descriptions.
Summer classes are taught by USPTA Pros Tom Banks and Kevin Eby. Tom has over 50 years of tennis experience and Kevin has coached men’s and women’s tennis at the collegiate level and played in professional satellite events. Classes take place at Civic Center tennis courts (Bill Scribner Courts).
Parks with Tennis Courts
Barney Park : 4 courts, also lined for pickleball
Civic Center Park : 4 courts
Lockey Park : 4 courts
Mountain View Park : 1 court
Courts are available for online reservation