Helena is surrounded by beautiful lakes, but even a twenty minute drive with a five-year-old child who does not want to be in the car can feel much too long.
Solution: Spring Meadow Lake
Located on the edge of town Spring Meadow Lake is not far – we promise, even for a kid, it’s not far.
Tip: On your way out to the lake, stop by the Staggering Ox for a unique sandwich for your picnic or even Van’s Grocery Store which is located on your way out to the lake, is a good option. Van’s has a fantastic deli with fried chicken, sandwiches, etc.
There is a nice, easy almost a mile long trail around the lake.
In the summer, there is a vendor who offers paddle boat rentals for a very reasonable rate.
There are picnic shelters along the shore.
Also located at Spring Meadow Lake is Montana Wild. Montana Wild has a great interpretive center and they also loan out fishing equipment for kids at no cost.