Southwest Montana is home to a number of indoor and outdoor ice rinks, but if we’re being honest some of our favorite memories have been made ice skating on those chilly winter days when we have found ourselves gliding over the frozen surfaces of some of the ponds and lakes in the region.
If you choose to venture out to one of Southwest Montana’s frozen lakes or ponds this winter, make sure you take a few precautions. Know the ice conditions before you head out, and watch for cracks, holes, mis-colored ice, and debris that could make for dangerous conditions.
Lace up your skates, and we’ll see you on the ice!
Bannack State Park: Ice skating pond and warming house, open from late December to early March. Skates available at no cost. Hot refreshments and gifts available in warming house. Southwest of Dillon.
Black Sandy State Park: One of just a few public parks (a day use area) located on Hauser Reservoir. 15 miles northeast of Helena.
Butte Community Ice Center: Regulation 85 foot by 200 foot ice rink hosting youth hockey and junior hockey programs. Public skating offered Sundays. Butte.
Helena Ice Arena: Indoor 41,000 square-foot facility offering public ice skating, figure skating, men’s and women’s beginner and adult hockey leagues, and youth hockey. Home of the Cascade Cup Champion Helena Bighorns hockey. Helena.
Kennedy Commons: A city park in the center of downtown Anaconda, popular for ice skating during the winter. Anaconda.
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area: A day use area on Clark Canyon Reservoir. 20 miles south of Dillon.
Winninghoff Park Ice Rink: Picturesque NHL-sized outdoor ice skating rink located in Philipsburg’s National Historic District. Warming house, lighted for night skating. Philipsburg.