(406) 285-4753

PO Box 1103, Three Forks, MT 59752 

Parks and Recreation

City Parks and Recreation

City Parks

  • Peterson Park: playground, grass open space, picnic area, basketball court, facilities (during summer months) 
  • Memorial Park: grass open space, historical area
  • Tom Bertagolli Park: softball field, playground, small children playground, basketball court
  • Stevenson Park: grass open space, covered pavilion, playground, tennis court, sand volleyball court, facilities and kids pool (during summer months)
  • Milwaukee Park: softball fields
  • Three Forks Ponds: swimming, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and boating


Play a round or two at the Headwaters Public Golf Course featuring a 9-hole course amid beautiful panorama views. Constructed in 1988, the golf course is used by Three Forks and Gallatin Valley residents alike. The course borders ponds where wildlife including birds, geese, deer, and turtles mingle with the golfers. Several tournaments are held throughout the season and the course is utilized by the local high school golf team. Lessons are available and the Pro Shop rents golf cards and stocks a wide assortment of golfing equipment for sale or rent. Privately owned carts are welcome. Call (406) 285-3700 for more information.
Headwaters Public Golf Course Website


Three Forks Area Recreational Facilities

  • Headwaters Community Fairgrounds - US Hwy. 2, southwest edge of town.  Available for public or private events. Call 285-3431 for reservations.
  • Headwaters Public Golf Course - Seventh Ave.  9 holes, club house, driving range East Call 285-3700 for more information.
  • Three Forks Ponds - Northeast of town.  Boating, fishing, swimming, jogging, barbecue facilities, restrooms, and beach.

Headwaters Trail System

The Headwaters Trail System is a paved network of trails that runs along the former Milwaukee Railroad bed through the town of Three Forks to the Missouri Headwaters State Park. Future plans include extending the trail to Manhattan, Mont., and other parts of Gallatin Valley.

The scenic trail provides views of the surrounding mountains and grasslands, winds around ponds and through old growth cottonwood trees, and ends on the banks of the Jefferson River. In 2007, it was selected as the Montana Trail of the Year by the state's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


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Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available just off I-90; take the Three Forks exit.

More Information

Three Forks Map

Area Recreation


Bring your fly-fishing gear. Fishing the headwaters of the Missouri River near Three Forks provides sports persons with hundreds of miles of accessible blue-ribbon trout fishing. The MadisonGallatinJefferson, and Missouri rivers are among the world's most famous trout waters. With a snow-capped, mountainous background, fishing these clear waters captures many a fisherman's attention. The area offers views of a multitude of wildlife including great blue herons, sandhill cranes, red-tailed hawks, golden and bald eagles, river otters, beaver, mink, Canada geese, whitetail and mule deer, elk, and an occasional moose highlight the panorama. All nonresidents 15 years and older are required to obtain a fishing license. A valid licensed adult must accompany anyone under 15 years of age.

The Gallatin River emerges from the canyon just above its confluence with a small feeder stream, Spanish Creek. From Spanish Creek downstream, the Gallatin River runs through a broad canyon, in the vicinity of Bozeman. The scenery is beautiful and the fishing pressure is comparatively light as access becomes more difficult. After emerging from the canyon, the Gallatin River primarily flows through private property for the rest of its length down to Three Forks. The forested river banks found upstream give way to a mix of cottonwood tress, low brush, grass, and agricultural land along the river for the rest of its length.

This section of the river has significantly slower currents than found upstream. It also has broad runs, some under-cut banks, and occasional pools. The valley the river flows through also is agricultural in nature, becoming more arid as the river progresses downstream. The largest trout on the Gallatin River will be found in this stretch.*

Fishing licenses and regulations are available at:

The Broken Spur Motel

124 W Elm St

Three Forks, Mt 59752

(406) 285-3237

*For extensive information about fishing in the Three Forks area and throughout Montana, visit Jim at BigSkyFishing.com. Many thanks to Jim for the use of his photos.

Fishing Accesses


There are rifle and archery hunting seasons for elk, deer, and antelope. Goat, sheep, mountain lion, and bear hunting are also plentiful as well as upland and wetland game birds. 

Hunting regulations are available at:

The Broken Spur Motel

124 W Elm St

Three Forks, Mt 59752

(406) 285-3237


The nearest camp grounds are located at the Missouri Headwaters State Parks and the Lewis & Clark Cavers State Park. For more information and to book your reservation, visit: Montana State Parks 

Floating and Canoeing

Floating and canoeing are favorite family outings on the waterways of the Headwaters. Camp in one of the many Fish, Wildlife, and Parks fishing access sites along the rivers. The lower twelve miles of the Gallatin River, between Gallatin Forks Access Site and Three Forks, has virtually no access. Happily, it's the one stretch of the Gallatin River that may be floated. The current is slow, so plan any float trip accordingly. Click here to go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks site for more information.  

Floaters enjoy stretches of white water and canoeists have unique opportunities to experience the spirit of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, fur traders like John Colter, and mountain men like Jim Bridger, all of whom canoed the rivers of the Headwaters.

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