Things To Do (In-Town)Things To Do (Just outside of Town)LodgingCampingWhere to Eat?
  • Northwestern energy power park and powerhouse loop trailhead.
    At Maiden Lane & Pond Street, public bathrooms, gazebo and picnic tables with a view of the Thompson Falls Dam and Reservoir.
  • Island Park, Thompson Falls Dam and Fish Ladder and the Historic High Bridge
    South on Gallatin toward Clark Fork there is a public parking lot. Gallatin Bridge leads to trails, picnic tables, fish ladder/dam viewing deck, public restrooms and a beautiful view of the river.
  • Thompson Falls State Park
    North on Blueslide Rd., west of Thompson Falls 1 mile. Open seasonally, the state park boasts a youth fishing pond and pavilion, 17 campsites and a newly constructed accessible trail that connects to the Powerhouse Loop Trail and downtown Thompson Falls.
  • Old Jail Museum and Sanders County Historical Society.
    107 S. Madison Street, Thompson Falls, MT 59873 / 406-827-4002
    Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Every day 12:00pm – 4:00pm
    Sanders County Historical Society & Museum, housed in 100 year old former jail, the museum offers a variety of local history: David Thompson, construction of the dam, the 1910 Fires, CCC camps and a period kitchen and gift shop. A new display is featured each season. Open Mother’s day through Labor Day, from noon to 4 p.m. The museum celebrates the holidays each year with a gingerbread competition and open house. Special tours available. Admission $5 per family; children admitted free.
  • Thompson Falls Community Complex
    North off of Highway 200 east of Thompson Falls onto Golf Street, ¼ mile leads to the Community Swimming Pool, Children’s Pavilion Park and Dog Park.
  • Hiking the Mule Pasture Loop Trail north of Thompson Falls-part of the in-town trail system 

  • Hiking/Snowshoeing/X-Country
    Montana Secondary Hwy 471 heads south out of Thompson Falls up toward Thompson Pass. In the summer access trails to Blossom and Pear Lakes, perfect for a family hike. In the winter the pass is not maintained for travel, but you can find a myriad of gulches and logging roads to get up with your xc skis or snowshoes. The road is only plowed 10 miles up and beyond that is a snowmobilers dream!
  • Hiking the Wildlife Management Area
  • Hiking the Cube Iron Silcox Roadless Area
  • Boating Noxon Reservoir
    Three boat ramps west of Thompson Falls into Noxon Reservoir:

    • Finley Flats
      • Access: Take Highway 200 9 miles NW of Thompson Falls. Look for sign at MM 41. Turn right at junction 1/2 mile in and continue down hill to reservoir. Use caution at unmarked railroad crossing.
    • Flat Iron Ridge
      • Access: Signed turnoff approx. 3 miles northwest of Thompson Falls on Highway 200.
    • Thompson Falls State Park
      • Access: About 1/2, mile NW of Thompson Falls off Highway 200 on Blue Slide Rd. Watch for signs.
      • Facilities: Fee per day and overnight camping.
  • Boating/Fishing Swimming Thompson Reservoir – Access at Wild Goose Landing boat ramp and docks east of Thompson Falls

    Fishing the Thompson River

    Day Trips Scenic Drives

    Note: Come prepared and bring your own gear for outdoor recreation. Gear rental is not available within Thompson Falls.

CAMPING up Thompson River (Lolo National Forest)


  • Wild Coyote Saloon
    If you have spent the day recreating up prospect creek, stop in for a warm beverage at the wild coyote, located 7 miles outside of Thompson Falls on Prospect Creek Rd. It’s like no place you have been before!
  • Minnie’s Café
    Best breakfast in Thompson Falls! classic diner and homemade desserts. A must-stop experience!
  • Highlead Smokehouse
    Great smoked chickena and pork on the menu-sure to fill you up!
  • Big Eddy’s Deck Bar
    Excellent view from the deck of the Thompson Falls Reservoir. Perfect for a summer afternoon cocktail!
  • Saddlebag Sam’s
    New diner in town
  • Simple Simon’s Pizza


Additional Resources:

Thompson Falls Chamber