A River really does run through it

With the Clark Fork River passing through downtown, the community is very connected to the water. In the summer you'll find people Kayaking, fly-fishing and floating by in a big inner-tube.

photo by Nelson Kenter Kenterphotography.com

Outdoor Recreation

Missoula, MT – It’s called an outdoor recreation mecca for a reason.

Thrill seekers and casual outdoor enthusiasts flock to Western Montana during all seasons for the area’s abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

The numerous nearby mountains, rivers, lakes,  and wilderness areas draw residents and visitors alike to explore Montana’s vast and scenic terrain.

Hop on the trail and check out Missoula’s Parks & Recreation offerings for something a bit more urban.

From world-class trout rivers to back country ski slopes, from the whitewater of the nearby Alberton Gorge to the trails on Blue Mountain, Missoula is second to none as an adventurer’s haven.

 

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Golfing Experience

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Want to Try Kayak Fishing? Here’s How to Prepare

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How Golfing Can Easily Help You Combat Depression

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Mount Jumbo South Zone Closure Extended to March 22

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7 Essential Things Every Hunter Should Know

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Hunting and Fishing License Year Begins March 1st

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What You Should Know About Kickboxing and the Equipment You Need for This Sport

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A Beginner’s Guide On What Golfing Equipment To Get

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Useful Items You’ll Need When You Go Outdoors For A Hike

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All You Need to Know About Prepping

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Great Outdoor Activities For Your Family To Try This Summer

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7 Helpful Tips That Will Improve Your Golf Game

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How to Use Modern Optics to Boost Your Hunting

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Best Sporting Events to Watch Over the Holiday Season

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Is it Better to Own or Rent a Camper?

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Expert Survival Tips for Hikers and Campers

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How to Improve Your Rifle Shooting Accuracy

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Great Activities for Students in Missoula

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How to Make Your Outdoor Activities Extra Special

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A Brief Guide to Hunting Wolves in Montana

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Peeking into the NHL 2020-21 Season – What Will It Look Like?

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Most Common Benefits of Water Sports on Mental and Physical Health

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Cycling Safety Tips From the Experts

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Bear Spray – Carry it, Know How to Use it This Fall

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2020 Big Game Hunting Forecast

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The Importance of Varying Dry Fly Patterns While Fly Fishing in Missoula

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Buying Your First E-Bike? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Must-Have Items for Every Hunting Trip

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A Faster Way to Get Some Fish in the Sea

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Top Five Entertaining Things to do While in Missoula

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Golf Review: Betting Advice for Rookies

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How to Have a Safer Hunting Experience Without Spending Too Much

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FWP Reminder: SUP Users Must Have Life Jacket on Board

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FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Anglers to Borrow Gear & Tackle For Free

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Surplus Drawing Licenses and Permits Handled in New Way

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Changes to Surplus License Process for 2020

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Camp Cooking: What You Need to Know

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How To Improve Your Hunting Skills

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Orphaned Grizzly Cubs Going to Bearizona Wildlife Park

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How to Enjoy Basketball While Staying At Home

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Man Injured in Grizzly Bear Attack on Sun River

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Beartooth Wildlife Management Area Opens May 15 to Day-Use Only

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FWP Announces Updates to COVID-19-Related Closures and Suspensions

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Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

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State Lands Remain Open For Day Use

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6 Reasons to Visit a National Park

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Teaching A Man How to Fish: Guide For Beginners

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Convenient Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

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Trying Times

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6 of the Most Fun Lawn Games for All Ages

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Big Game Hunters Need to Be Bear Aware on Front

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Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Workday Slated for October 26

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Local Snowmobile Store to Host Annual Avalanche Training Event

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Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

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Montana’s Special Drawing Deadlines Reminder

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Mount JumboNorth Zone to Remain Closed until May 15

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High Water is Dangerous. Don’t Go!

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Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

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2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival Features Trout-To-Taimen Around the World

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27th Annual Run for the Trees Slated For April 20th

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Missoula in Motion Launches January Clear the Air Challenge

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An Essay on a Bird Feeder

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Tourism and Innovation. How Montana is Trying to Get Ahead

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Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Project Slated for October 27

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Top 5 Vacation Destinations This Winter

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Archery Hunter Breaks Arm in Grizzly Bear Attack Near Gardiner

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Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 20

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Tips for Tennis Parents

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Stay Safe on the Water This Labor Day Weekend

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7th Annual Doggie Dash Slated for September 8 at Fort Missoula

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Over 140 Players Break in New Fort Missoula Regional Park Pickleball Courts

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Kidsfest 2018 Slated for July 24 at Caras Park

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Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase 2 Grand Opening Slated for July 26

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Sheep Return to City Open Space, Pet Owners Required to Leash Dogs Near Herd

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Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

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Grizzly Bears Reported Out on Rocky Mountain Front

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Be Safe, Be Seen: Bike Light Campaign Underway

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Bird Hunter Shoots, Kills Charging Grizzly Near Front

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Mount Jumbo South Zone closure Extended to March 31

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Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

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Griz Start Slow, Fall to Northern Colorado 28-25

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Record-Setting Griz Roll Past Idaho State

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Lumberjacks Run Past Grizzlies 45-34

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Griz Train Rolls 68-7 Over Scramento State

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