For information on activities in the national forest lands in this area, contact the Lewis and Clark National Forest (tel. 406/791-7700).

Cross-Country Skiing

If you're here in the winter, there is good cross-country skiing in any of the three mountain ranges that ring the valley. There are a number of trails accessible by car in the Judith Mountains north of town, on old logging and mining roads. Head north on U.S. 191 to the Maiden Canyon sign, then take a left and follow the road for 5 miles to the trails.


High in the Big Snowy Mountains is Crystal Lake, about 35 miles southwest of Lewistown. This is a popular and somewhat remote recreational area that offers good fishing, hiking, and camping. You have to travel about 25 miles on gravel road to get there. Take U.S. 87 west of town for 8 miles, then turn south at the sign for Crystal Lake. After about 16 miles it runs into Forest Service Road 275, which you should follow for another 9 miles to the lake. Motorized boats are prohibited, but overnight RV and tent camping is available. For good trout fishing closer to town, try Big Spring Creek, which begins south of Lewistown and flows north through town to join the Judith River. You can easily access Brewery Flats on Big Spring Creek about 2 miles outside of town on Mont. 238. Flatwillow Creek in the Forest Grove area of the Little Snowies provides some rainbow and cutthroat fishing. For flat-water fishing, try Upper and Lower Carter's Pond, man-made ponds 6 1/2 miles north of Lewistown on U.S. 191. There are picnic facilities and overnight camping as well. The James Kipp Recreation Area, 78 miles north of town on the Missouri River in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, also has fishing, camping, hiking, and a boat ramp. Take U.S. 191 northeast until it intersects with Mont. 19, then go north about 35 miles. Camping is $12 a night. Contact the Bureau of Land Management (tel. 406/538-1900) for more information.


The 18-hole Judith Shadows Golf Course, 464 Rifle Range Rd. (tel. 406/538-6062; is an alternative-spikes-only facility located at the end of Marcella Avenue in the northeast corner of Lewistown. Greens fees are $16 for 9 holes, $28 for 18. Carts are $12 for 9 holes, $24 for 18 holes. Pine Meadows Golf Course, on the south side of Lewistown at 320 Country Club Lane ([tel 406/538-7075;, has 9 holes and charges $15 to $18 in greens fees and $12 for a cart rental.


At Crystal Lake, there are numerous trails into the Lewis and Clark National Forest, including the Crystal Lake Loop National Recreation Trail. There is also good hiking along the Wild and Scenic Missouri River from the James Kipp Recreation Area. The Bureau of Land Management (tel. 406/538-1900), can give you information on additional hiking trails.

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