Montana July 19, 2017
7 Little Known Swimming Spots In Montana That Will Make Your Summer Awesome
There’s nothing like jumping into a cold lake, river or swimming hole on a hot Montana summer day. There are places to swim scattered all across the Treasure State, and some of them are pretty popular this time of year. The 7 on this list, however, aren’t as well-known by Montanans.
1. Yellowstone River near Billings
There are quite a few great places to go for a dip along the Yellowstone River in the Billings area. You'll find the Duck Creek Bridge area just south of the city, which makes a great jumping point. The Yellowstone is best for veteran swimmers since there are sometimes strong currents.
2. Ackley Lake in Hobson
Ackley Lake State Park is a beautiful spot to spend the day, and the lake itself is perfect for going for a swim.
3. The Firehole River near Yellowstone National Park
The Firehole flows south to Wyoming, but there are some great spots to take a dip on the Montana side. Always send a strong and seasoned swimmer into a river first to check for current and depth.
4. Foy's Lake in Kalispell
Swimming, fishing, and boating are all enjoyed at Foy's Lake, which is located in Lone Pine State Park.
5. Hebgen Lake
Hebgen Lake is a man-made lake, retained by an earth-fill dam. It's located in Gallatin County, and it's a beautiful spot to fish or swim.
6. Holland Lake in the Flathead National Forest
Located off the shores of the Holland Lake Campground, this northwest Montana gem is cool and refreshing on a hot summer day, especially for campers. You don't have to stay at the campground to swim here - it has a day use area.
7. The Smith River near White Sulphur Springs
This is a popular place to relax, fish and camp in the summertime, and parts of the river are perfect for taking a dip.
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