Recreation Programs and Activities

Welcome to the Recreation Programs and Activities page.  The City of Helena is excited to offer families and individuals a wide variety of choices for outdoor fun!  Helena’s cold winters allow us to ice skate, cross country and downhill ski.  In the summer we play in the parks, swim under the sun, put golf balls down the greens, and volley tennis balls on the court.  Please take some time to explore the links below for more details; you’re bound to find something interesting to do.  Enjoy!

For more information you can also like us on Facebook at Helena Parks and Recreation!

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Youth Archery
Online Registration

In partnership with Montana WILD, we offer FREE archery shoot and instruction for youth ages 11-18 during 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.
Where: Montana WILD at 2668 Broadwater Ave. Helena, MT


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. 

Visit Bike Walk Helena's website to learn more about existing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and community efforts to make the city more bike-friendly.

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Bill Roberts Golf Course

Bill Roberts Golf course is an 18-hole course located at 2201 N Benton Avenue.

Golf all winter on one of the three full swing golf simulators by joining the Winter Simulator League.

Please Visit the golf course's website for additional details.

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Kay's Kids: Free Youth Summer Recreation Program
Online Registration

The City of Helena partners with the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation to offer a FREE summer recreation program for kids between the ages of 6-12.  

Registration is required for all participants in the program.  Parents may register their children online, and we will have options for in person registration.  Check back in late May for registration details. 

To view program dates please look at our online registration. 

Feed N' Fun

All THREE Kay's Kids sites will be participating in the Feed'N'Fun program providing free lunches to local youth!

Locations

Barney Park Shelter                        1950 Cleveland
Lincoln Park Warming House         1800 N Roberts
Memorial Park Warming House    1105 Last Chance Gulch

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Memorial Park Warming House & Ice Rink

Hours of operation:

Friday: 4-8pm
Saturday: 11am-8pm
Sunday: 12-6pm

Daily Admission Fees: 
(skate rental included with admission)

Ages 0-5: Free!
Ages 6-17: $1.00
Ages 18+: $1.50 

Come Play Broomball

Every Friday night pick games for all ages from 7-8 pm. 

It's like hockey but without ice skates! Wear your tennis shoes, dress warm, and join us for a pick up game!

Hosting a party?

 Rent the Party Room during normal business hours ($25/3 hours)

Rent the ENTIRE Warming House & Ice Rink or just the Warming House during non-business hours. ( $30/hour)

Reserve the facility online.

Note:

We have limited skate rentals, particularly larger sizes.

We close as needed due to poor ice conditions. Call the ice-line 443-8774 or check Facebook for current conditions.

If the west gate is unlocked, the ice is available for public use, but if it's locked, the rink is closed for maintenance so please stay off the ice.

Unattended Ice Rinks

Unattended ice rinks are located at Cunningham Park and Lincoln Park. Both rinks are open from dawn to dusk only. You must bring all of your own gear (none is provided at these two sites), and SHARE the ice with other skaters.

These two rinks are flooded in the mornings (weather permitting), so please avoid using the ice while it is freezing - this will allow the ice to be in great condition for everyone.

 

Cunningham Park 1234 Floweree St
Lincoln Park 1800 N Roberts St
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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 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
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
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
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.

 

 

Last Chance Splash Waterpark & Pool

Located at Memorial Park, 1203 North Last Chance Gulch.

The pool and waterpark is open from mid June - late August. 
Please visit the pool's website for additional details and check Facebook for updates during the summer.

Swim Lessons
Online Registration

Class times and descriptions are available on the registration page.

Exercise Classes & Activites

Visit the pool's Exercise web page for a schedule and additional information. 

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Pickleball

Outdoor open play available at Barney Park during the summer. 
Check the Helena Pickle Club's website for more details.

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Skatepark

Located at Centennial Park, 1200 N Last Chance Gulch.

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. 

Tennis

Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons
Online Registration

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. 

Where:Civic Center tennis courts (Bill Scribner Courts)
When: Check the online registration for program dates.

Class descriptions & fees are also available on the registration page.

Parks with Tennis Courts

 

Barney Park4 courts - lined for pickleball
Civic Center Park4 courts
Lockey Park4 courts
Mountain View Park 1 court


Courts are available for online reservation.

Trails

You can hike in the city on one of the well-marked trails on Mount Helena or Mount Ascension.
Feeling more adventurous? Hike one of the 1,000 miles of trails in the Helena National Forest

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Yoga in the Park

In partnership with Free Range Yoga Project, Parks & Rec 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.