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There are thousands of acres of
public land in Broadwater County
consisting of BLM, National Forest
Service and state owned land.  This land
provides the opportunity for fishing,
hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing,
photography, cross-county skiing,
bicycling, horseback riding,
snowmobiling  and spectacular scenic

Summer outdoor recreation on Canyon Ferry Lake.  Photo provided by Gay Grimsrud.
Bird & Animal Watching
The Canyon Ferry wildlife management area is located in Broadwater County.  It is home to hundreds of species of birds including bald eagles, great horned owls, herons,  ospreys,
pelicans, yellow warblers,  geese and
a variety of duck species.
Big game abounds and can be viewed in many areas in the county.  In the mountains you will even find big horn sheep and mountain goat for your
viewing pleasure.

The Missouri and Jefferson Rivers run though Broadwater County as well as various creeks and streams.   Sportsfishermen catch rainbow, brown trout and brook trout.  In the pristine high mountain lakes fishermen find the
native westslope cutthroat.   Canyon Ferry Lake is home to lunker rainbows, brown trout, perch, ling and walleye.  Canyon Ferry lake is open to year round fishing. 

Hiking & Horseback Riding
The U.S. Forest service maintains a variety of hiking and horseback riding trails in Broadwater County.  There are many opportunities for loop trails or destination hikes.  Terrain in the area goes from river bottoms at an elevation of around 3800 feet to subalpine areas of 9400 feet.   These trails lead you through a wide variety of country side including valley bottoms and mountain meadows as well as dense and subalpine forests.  Some trails even
lead you to pristine mountain lakes and streams. 

With it's diverse topography and habitat Broadwater County is home to many species including elk, moose, whitetail and mule deer, antelope, bear, mountain lion, upland birds and waterfowl.
Local hunters enjoy the easy access to public lands and the long and varied hunting seasons.  Some start the season in September with archery hunting for elk and deer or upland birds and doves.  In October they move onto antelope, waterfowl and pheasants.  November brings the general big game season for deer and elk.  Upland bird hunting closes the middle of December but
waterfowl hunters enjoy duck and goose hunting well into January.

Water Sports
The rivers in Broadwater County offer
scenic byways for rafting and
canoeing.  Canyon Ferry Lake provides
boating, water-skiing, and sailing
opportunities in the summer and ice
yachting in the winter.

Winter Sports
Broadwater county is centrally
located to a variety of downhill ski
resorts.  There are four ski areas within 60
miles; Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Great
Divide and Showdown.
Cross country skiing and snow-
mobiling are popular  in the back

Downhill skiing in Montana.  Photo by Mia Whitfield.

Two miles north of Townsend is the

Local  resident Tim Pool enjoying a day of golfing at the Old Baldy golf course in Townsend.  Photo by Mia Whitfield.

Old Baldy golf course.  It offers a nine-
hole course with spectacular views.
Campgrounds and City Parks
Many campgrounds and picnic sites can
be found along Canyon Ferry Lake and
the Missouri River as well as  on the National Forest Service land.  In the city
of Townsend there are  several parks including Heritage Fun Park  which contains the city's outdoor  swimming
Community Events
The residents of Broadwater County
have many events and celebrations they participate in through out the  year.
Some of these include the  County Fair
and local and NRA Rodeo, the July Festival Car and Quilt Show, the
Christmas Stroll and the ice
fishing derbies.
Historic Sites
Broadwater County is home to many ghost towns from the gold rush era.   There are numerous historic buildings that attract tourists to the area including the Canyon Ferry Mansion and the
Canton Church.
Earlier inhabitants have left their mark as well with ancient teepee rings, buffalo jumps and hieroglyphs.  Some other sites have been calculated at over 10,000 years old.
Lewis and Clark visited our area and some of the interesting sites they wrote about include the Crimson Bluffs and York Island.

Revised 7-5-01 2001 Broadwater County