THINGS TO SEE & DO IN AND AROUND DEER LODGE
Grant-Kohrs Ranch Historic Site
266 Warren Lane, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 – (406) 846-2070 – website
Open year round, 7 days a week from 9 am till 4:30 pm (Closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25th and January 1st) FREE Admission
Powell County Museum Complex
1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 – (406) 846-3111 – website
The Old Prison and Montana Auto Museums are OPEN DAILY from 10 am till 4 pm.(Closed on Thanksgiving Day, and from 18th December through 6th January 2017)
William K. Kohrs Memorial Library
501 Missouri Ave, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 – (406) 846-2622 – website
Open year round – Monday through Thursday from 11 am till 7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am till 5 pm. Closed Sunday – FREE Admission
Cattle baron Conrad Kohrs and his wife Augusta gave the Deer Lodge community their first public library building in 1902, in memory of their son William who had died suddenly the previous year. Designed by architects Link and Carter of Butte, the Library was built in the Classical Revival and Beaux Arts style in granite and Columbus sandstone. The interior features a central dome of colored glass, oak woodwork and an exquisite memorial window entitled ‘A Reading from Homer’, which was given by William’s uncle John Bielenberg.
Rialto Theater: 420 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 – website
Open year round – Check website for dates and times
The Historic Rialto Theater re-opened in 2012 after a $3.5 Million rebuild, having being partially destroyed by a fire in 2006. An amazing fund raising task has been performed by the Rialto Board, with donations from the local community and across the States. The ornate interiors have been restored wherever possible, and rebuilt when necessary. A new digital projection and sound system has been installed so that movies can once again be shown on the big screen. Other events, stage shows and musical performances will be held throughout the year. Welcome back Rialto, we’ve missed you!
Driving Tours through Powell County
Approximate Mileage: 415
Approximate Drive Time: 10 hours
The Northern Tour – Avon, Ovando, Helmville, Elliston, Augusta, Helena
Approximate Mileage: 130
Approximate Drive Time: 3 hours
The Western Tour – (Pintler Scenic Loop) – Deer Lodge, Anaconda, Georgetown Lake, Philipsburg, Granite, Drummond, Deer Lodge
Approximate Mileage: 120
Approximate Drive Time: 3 hours
The Deer Park Golf Course is located approx. 2 miles west of the center of Deer Lodge. Call 406-846-1625 for fees.- website
Fishing, Wildlife and Bird Watching
Arrow Stone Park
(For more information and photographs, click HERE)
At the southern end of Deer Lodge is Arrow Stone Park, a wildlife viewing area and fishing access site to the Clark Fork River. It has parking lots, paved walking trails, picnic benches, restrooms (handicap access) and a boat ramp.
Clark Fork River
Fishing on the Clark Fork River may also be accessed at Kohrs Bend, approx. 6 miles north of Deer Lodge. Exit 179 off I-90. Map available HERE
Little Blackfoot River
Good fishing is also to be had on the Little Blackfoot River which runs eastwards from Garrison along Hwy 12, through Avon and Elliston.
Warm Springs Ponds
15 miles south of Deer Lodge is the Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area, 1600 acres of wildlife habitat. Activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, photography, hunting, bicycling, picnicking, boating (non-motorized) and camping. Take exit 201 off I-90 and follow the signs to Warm Springs Ponds.
FWP NEWS RELEASE
The recently acquired Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Deer Lodge valley is open to the public, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials want to remind prospective visitors to familiarize themselves with property boundaries and regulations before heading afield.
FWP acquired the WMA on September 2nd 2010, and wardens and biologists are now busy marking some of the boundaries and posting interim regulations, such as travel restrictions. “The public has immediate access to this piece of wonderful ground, but since this has been such a quick turnaround from acquisition to public access, we are still in the process of developing a management plan that will define the long-term regulations,” said Mack Long, FWP Region 2 Supervisor. “In the interim, we are asking visitors to familiarize themselves with the temporary regulations and that everyone is respectful of the WMA, the neighboring landowners and private land in-holdings.”
Under these temporary regulations, most of the WMA is open only to foot or horseback travel. Motorized access is allowed on small parts of the WMA that are east of US Forest Service Road 314. Visitors must follow Forest Service regulations for motorized travel in these areas. Currently there are three designated parking areas where visitors can leave a vehicle and precede on foot or horseback. The access points near Elliston and Avon can accommodate horses and the third access near Freeze Out accommodates walk-in traffic only. Visitors that plan to access the property in areas outside of these designated zones should familiarize themselves with land ownership before heading afield.
Under the temporary travel regulations, there is no access to the WMA off the “Jake Creek” road leading to the southwest corner of the property.Visitors can expect to see cattle grazing on many parts of the property and should be wary of private property in-holdings throughout the WMA.
Not all property boundaries are marked, and visitors are encouraged to download a map and interim regulations of the Spotted Dog WMA from the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “2010 Hunting News”. Or, call 406-542-5500 or stop by the FWP Missoula office, 3201 Spurgin Road.
Victory Lanes on 514 4th Street. Call 406-846-0056 for times and prices.
Indoor Swimming Pool at Central Park Center, 444 Montana Ave. Free to residents and visitors. Click HERE or call 406-846-1553 for times.