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. Explore our guide for even more seasonal fun!
Registration for Swim Lessons and our summer day camp program, Kay’s Kids will not be opening May 1st and will be rescheduled for a future date that is to be determined. Parks and Recreation staff are working closely with local Public Health officials to establish operating procedures under the phases set forth by the Governor’s Reopening Guidelines. We will be accepting registrations for swim lessons and Kay’s Kids in the future. Please check our social media and website for the updated registration date. Tennis lessons and Youth Archery registration will be opening as planned on May 1st. Skyhawks Youth Sports Camp registration is now open. Thank you for your patience.
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: The free summer day camp program, Kay’s Kids will have a different format this summer as a response to local health concerns. Camp will not be held in-person. From June 12th to August 7th free weekly take-home camp kits for children ages 6-11, including passes to some City of Helena activities, will be distributed on Fridays at Bryant Elementary School, 1520 Livingston Ave, Helena, MT 59601 from 11:45am to 1:15 pm by the City of Helena. Free weekday lunches for ages 1-18 will continue to be distributed by Sodexo Food Services at various City of Helena parks. For more information on Kay’s Kids and to registration for a take-home kit, please visit Helena Parks and Recreation at www.helenamt.gov/parks-recreation. Kay’s Kids sponsor the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation at www.kayskidsmt.org looks forward to Kay’s Kids in 2021!
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.
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