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Big Sky Country Beckons the Outdoorsy
Once you have experienced Montana, a mountainous, scenic land with the biggest skies you have ever seen; only then will you fully appreciate all that it has to offer and understand why they call it “The Big Sky Country.” With relaxing hot springs, golf courses, and ample outdoor recreational activities, visitors will be amazed by this wondrous, stunning paradise.
There is abundant wildlife and big game to be found on the large areas of Deer Lodge National Forest near Georgetown Lake and other public lands nearby. Hunting is available to the public in many areas and many local establishments provide hunting licenses for visitors and locals alike. While a permit may be necessary for some of these, visitors may hunt any of the following: bear, fowl, mountain lion, moose, deer, and elk.
With countless streams, rivers, creeks, and mountain lakes, there are numerous other activities to choose from as well. Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and fishing are just a few of the options available. The most popular local fishing spots include Silver Lake, Georgetown Lake, Echo Lake, Big Hole River, and Warm Springs Creek, not to mention all of the local mountain lakes and streams around.
For those who enjoy playing a round of golf, try one of the three local golf courses, including the top-rated Old Works Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus signature course. The lovely local country club and an 18-hole championship golf course at Fairmont Hot Springs are also excellent options. While at Fairmont Hot Springs, pamper yourself with a massage and then take a dunk in one of their famous mineral soaking pools. For some adrenaline-charged excitement, slide down the 350-foot enclosed water slide into one of two Olympic-sized swimming pools (which they are known for throughout the Northwest).
This recreational playground is one of the most beautiful in the nation and can be especially fun for families looking for some exciting outdoor activities to do together. Many enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, 4-wheeling, and even conquering some moguls at the challenging Discovery Ski Mountain. No matter what your choice of activities is, you will end up falling in love with the vast, sunny skies accentuated by the gorgeous, snow-capped peaks ever-present in the background.