Recreation Activities

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!

Parks and Recreation Guide for Winter/Spring 2019/2020 - What's Happening in Helena!

Baseball and Softball

Baseball and Softball

Helena provides plenty of baseball and softball leagues, here are a few:

Baseball:  Softball:
Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin    Helena Softball Association (Adult Slow-pitch)
American Legion Baseball Helena Girls Softball Association

 

Bicycling

Bicycling

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.

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

Lakes

Lakes

Canyon Ferry

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

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

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

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

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. 

Spring Meadow Lake

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)

Thursday: 4-8pm                                            

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.

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.

Note

  • 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

Pickleball

Outdoor open play is available at Barning Park during the summer months.  Check out the Helena Pickleball Club website for more details.

Interested in free Pickleball lessons for your child?  Check our summer day camps during sports week.

Skatepark

Skatepark

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

Tennis

Tennis

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

Trails

Trails

Take a hike or enjoy a bike ride on one of the well-marked trails on Mount Helena or Mount Ascension.  Check out some maps to find a trail that appeals to you.  Feeling more adventurous?  Hike one of the 1,000 miles of trails in the Helena National Forest.

Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park

In partnership with Free Range Yoga Project, Helena Parks and Recreation hosts outdoor yoga in the parks and on the trails.  Check out Free Range Yoga Project’s events for a full listing of free and affordable yoga classes.