Illustrations by Lloyd Keels

There are more than 3,000 named lakes and reservoirs in Montana, but unless you own a boat, these are unlikely to provide the excitement you crave on your next family vacation. Lucky for you, the Treasure State’s waterparks make it easy for the whole family to enjoy a thrilling day on the water.

Make a big splash in the Big Sky State this summer! Check out these eight waterparks, each with its unique brand of family fun.

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Big Sky Waterpark, Columbia Falls

In the heart of the Rockies, Big Sky Waterpark offers exciting attractions the whole family can enjoy, including ten water slides, a huge whirl pool, a kid’s activity pool, mini golf, bumper cars, and more. Have a need for speed? Enjoy a plunge from the seven-story Geronimo slide!

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool, Helena

After five years of construction and $130,000, the 50-meter Memorial Park Pool was opened in 1953. In 2009, $2.8 million was spent in renovating the existing pool and adding the waterpark features: splash deck, lazy river, slides, zero depth, and concessions stand. Given the new features at the facility, it was renamed Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool at Memorial Park.

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Electric City Water Park, Great Falls

Beat the heat with a wet and wild day of fun in the sun! The Electric City Water Park is home to the largest heated outdoor swimming pool in the state, along with a children’s play area, a lazy river, and the ever-popular Flow Rider (body boarding).

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Oasis Waterpark, Billings

The Oasis is Billings’ most extensive outdoor water park, with two body slides, current channel, interactive play features, and a toddler pool. Water is heated to a comfortable 83 degrees, and the park offers a great food selection as well.

©2021 Lloyd Keels

The Reef Indoor Water Park, Billings

The size of a football field, the Reef Indoor Water Park is Montana’s largest indoor water park. The three-story Barracuda
Blaster and the Tropical Twister launch visitors into the plunge pool. A water basketball court and 55,000-gallon wave pool offer some competitive fun. Little swimmers have an interactive playhouse designed just for them, with slides, mini- tubes, squirt guns, tunnels, and a 250-gallon dumping bucket!

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Splash Montana, Missoula

Three exciting three- story waterslides, spray features, and a lazy river (with a wild river branch) make the summer hours fly by at Splash Montana. Kids will love the Grizzly slide, log walk, floating otter, and water snake. Competitive swimmers will enjoy a day on “The Lake”—an Olympic-sized pool with 50-meter and 25-yard lap lanes.

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Ridge Waters Water Park, Butte

Located in Butte’s Stodden Park, Ridge Waters features two water slides, a diving board, a lap pool, and a winding lazy river. Sporty guests will enjoy water basketball and volleyball, as well as Ridge Waters’ climbing wall. A gusher jet and play structure for kids will keep young ones smiling in the summer sun.

©2021 Lloyd Keels

Woodland Water Park, Kalispell

The Woodland Water Park’s zero-depth entry and water features make it perfect for young children. Visitors can get their blood pumping on the park’s three-story waterslides or relax on the lazy river. Outside of the water park, Woodland Park offers other family fun, with picnic shelters, playground equipment, a pond, a skate park, and pedestrian/ bicycle trails.

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