Best Places to Go Swimming in North Central Montana:

Fairfield Swim Days in Fairfield, Montana: This 3 day event is Fairfield’s big Summer Promotion!  Funds raised from this event go to the operation of the Ernie Thorn Memorial Swimming Pool.  This is definitely for anyone who wants to show the whole family a fantastic time to remember!  Here are some of the planned activities (from Montana’s Russell Country).

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fairfield Swim Day is a three-day annual event held at various locations along Central Avenue in beautiful downtown Fairfield. This year's festivities will begin Thursday evening with a barbeque, pie social, and silent auction in the Community Hall, followed by a family oriented 'Root Beer Float Party' in the park. Friday's celebration will begin with a golf tournament at 4:00pm at the Harvest Hills Golf Course and a teen night of fun and games at the swimming pool. Saturday's activities include a 7:00am Fun Run/Walk for all ages, a pancake breakfast, a parade, carnival, more swimming, horseshoe tournament, street dance and entertainment for all ages.

Food of all varieties will be available: Pit smoked barbeque in the Community Hall, food and drink vendors in the park, and any of Fairfield's fine restaurants. Exact times and locations of each event will be posted as the date approaches.

All proceeds go to fund the operation of the Ernie Thorn Memorial Swimming Pool in Fairfield.


Conrad, Montana City Pool is open Memorial Day to the end of August.  Let’s face it… everyone can use a break from the highway on an extended vacation. Even the Griswalds needed a diversion or two on their way to “Wally World”!  Introducing the Conrad Municipal Pool in this peaceful community.  Located within one of Conrad’s beautiful City Parks, you’ll find a place to plant a picnic blanket on the grass, stretch out and enjoy a nice bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken with an A&W Root beer Float.  Both are just a stone’s throw away from the pool and park! The Conrad Municipal Pool is competition length with 6 lanes, diving area, spectator seating and a playground for the younger kids to let off some steam, keeping fussing to a minimum!  So go ahead… enjoy a nice stop in Conrad!

The ever beautiful Lake Francis in Valier is a great spot for swimming, camping, fishing, boating and enjoying the view of the majestic Rocky Mountains to the west.  After you’ve had your fun for the day, and before bedding down for the night, enjoy a relaxing dinner and nightcap with the one you love at the “Lighthouse” Restaurant.  Owners Bob and Sue serve the finest cuisine in the state of Montana!  A visit to Lake Francis in Valier is not complete without visiting the “Lighthouse” Dining Room & Lounge.

And there you have it!  The very best places that I’ve found in Northcentral Montana to enjoy a weekend, or a vacation.  I’ve lived in this area most of my life and I’m proud to invite you here to Northcentral Montana.  It’s a place I dearly love.  Come and enjoy yourself!  Until next time…

Adam Gottfried