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Livingston Montana Summer Recreation

Summer in Livingston, Montana offers all the recreation adventure you could want, from biking, horseback riding and hiking to whitewater rafting, boating, windsurfing and fishing. You’ll find that and more.

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  • The streams, rivers and lakes in the Livingston area provide great opportunities for boating, rafting, fishing, and windsurfing.
  • Trails, logging roads, and Forest Service roads are great places to hike, backpack or mountain bike.
  • Three parks in town provide areas for picnicking and other family oriented entertainment.

Hiking trails, logging roads and Forest Service roads — some open to motor vehicles and some not — crisscross the mountain ranges in Park County and provide for a wide range of mountain biking experiences. The Livingston Ranger District (406-222-1892) can ride maps that will show the trails and logging and Forest Service roads that are open to cyclists.

Quiet mountain lakes, the rush of white water rapids or the slow, meandering pace of a gentle stretch in the river all make for hours of fun on the water.

For those who want to enjoy the river on a warm, sunny summer afternoon but don’t have a boat, an inner tube will do. Just pick one up at a local tire shop and jump in — all the locals do it.

White Water Rafting
One safe and exciting way to float the upper Yellowstone and Yankee Jim Canyon is with one of the commercial raft companies that operate in Park County. 

National Forest recreation opportunities vary from highly developed settings with an easy challenge level to rustic settings that have a difficult challenge level. From day hikes to backpacking expeditions, Park County's mountains offer great adventures for everyone.

Excellent fishing is the distinguishing mark of the Livingston area and Park County. Some 103 miles of the rivers and streams are designated as "Blue Ribbon” and some of the best streams carry 3,000 fish per mile. 

Wind Surfing 
If wind surfing catches your fancy, the Livingston area has several opportunities to test your mettle including Dailey Lake and Rock Island Lake.

With careful attention, good swimming abilities and footwear, the Yellowstone River provides an invigorating swim at the State fishing accesses.

City Pool is near the lagoon in Sacajawea Park. Wading pools are in Sacajawea Park and G Street parks.

Chico Hot Springs Lodge in Pray, Montana, offers soaking in a 99 F natural hot spring swimming pool.

Horseback Rides
Ride by the hour, the day, breakfast rides and steak rides, even overnight pack trips are available.

Outdoor courts are located at Sacajawea Park, end of South Yellowstone Street

Livingston Golf & Country Club is a 9-hole course located along the Yellowstone River on View Vista Drive.

City Parks

  • Sacajawea Park: At the end of South Yellowstone Street, it sits on the banks of the Yellowstone River and features a wading pool and playground for children, a beautiful lagoon, bandshell, and the Civic Center where the indoor scenes from “A River Runs Through It" were filmed.
  • G Street Park: This park, located at the south end of G Street, contains a playground, wading pool, and picnic tables. Take the children for a short walk and cross the wooden bridge over Fleshman Creek.
  • Depot/Rotary Park: Located along Park Street between 3rd and 5th Streets, this park has picnic benches and a view of the railroad tracks and Depot Center.