Outdoor Recreation

Guides, Permits & Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
The state guide to recreation in Montana includes information on licenses and permits, events and education, plus a video library, Animal Field Guide, and the Montana Hunt Planner.

Montana Fishing Companion
Find everything you need to know about what, when, where and how to fish in Montana.

Montana Hunting Companion
Find everything you need to know about what, when, where, and how to hunt in Montana.

Montana Nature Conservancy
Learn about conservation in Montana, find information on regional events and green vacations.

Montana Plant Life
This site is a guide to Montana wild plants, including edible, medicinal, and poisonous varieties.

Montana Streamflows
Access real-time USGS data for Montana streams and rivers.

National Park Service - Find a Park
Explore U.S. National Parks by location, activity, or topic. Learn about the history of the parks. Find park events and activities.

Montana Waterfalls
Find description, access, and history information on Montana waterfalls. An interactive map links to falls around the state.

Montana Weed Control
The Montana Weed Control Association provides resources and information on invasive species around the state.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
This foundation's mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, and their habitat. Find information on elk hunting, including where and when to go, rifle information, and recipes.

U.S. Forest Service Recreation Guides
Get information on activities, trip planning, wilderness safety, and permits.

Maps
American Trails
Access the world's largest online trails resources. Montana maps include hiking, biking, waterways, greenways, long distance, off-highway vehicle, and more are provided.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Access Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 from outside the library 
Digital Sanborn® Maps (1867-1970) delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change.

The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, and property numbers. Plans often include details on construction materials and building use and also depict pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and other features likely to affect the property's vulnerability to earthquake, fire, and flood.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Access an index and PDF flood insurance rate maps for Lewis & Clark County.

Map Types & Map Skills
Learn about six different types of maps, economic (or resource), climate, physical, political, road, and topographic, with links to useful examples.

Montana Cadastral Mapping
Access digital maps of parcel and property ownership across the state of Montana

National Atlas
Create your own digital map using information on climate, agriculture, people, transportation, water, and more.

National Geographic Maps
View atlases, topographic maps, interactive maps, and more for locations around the world.

Travel Montana
Use online maps, guidebooks, and recommendations to plan your travel around the state.

USDA Maps & Brochures
A USDA and U.S. Geological Survey resource providing access to maps and brochures on national forests, grasslands, trail systems, and roadless conservation areas.

USGS Maps
Access The National Map, an online topographic map interface, or order print copies of United States Geological Survey (USGS) quadrangles online.