White Sulphur Springs has 984 people, one hot springs, and one castle. It’s also close to the Smith River, a great spot for Montana fishing and rafting. The little town, north of Bozeman and southwest of Lewistown, is certainly an interesting stop for a Montana vacation.
The hot springs reach temperatures of 115 degrees, and, despite the name of the town, don’t smell too badly of sulphur. The springs were well known to the Crow Indian tribe, and regarded as sacred medicinal baths. European settlers began developing the springs in 1866.
White Sulphur Springs’ castle was build int 1892, using granite quarried in the area. It is now home to the Meagher County Historical Museum, where you’ll find some interesting collections that show Montana’s early settler history.
Rafting on the Smith River is very popular, so much so that the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has begun to limit the amount of permits it gives out for floats. Call (406) 454-3441 to get more permit info.
There are several fly fishing outfitters in the area that can help you get out and the best spots on the Smith, which is known for its awesome rainbow and brown trout.
You’ll find lodging here at the All Seasons Inn and Suites, which has a pool and breakfast. Call (877) 314-0241. Or check out the Spa Hot Springs Motel, which has two pools fed by the local hot springs. This hotel has been recently remodeled. Call (800) 898-3303.
You can also find great camping here at the Springs Campground at Hwy. 89. Call (406) 547-3921. At the Surtherlin Reservoir campground, about 11 miles east of town on Hwy. 12. Or check out the Newlan Creek Reservoir campground 10 mile north of town.
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