Doug Sitton and Jodi Toni Host Wine Tasting at the Betsy

Doug Sitton and Jodi Toni Host Wine Tasting at the Betsy

Come to the Betsy for the April 15 Wine Tasting. Doug and Jodi will help you forget about taxes on tax day! Great Wine! Great Food! Friends and Neighbors! How can it be better?

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2024 Lincoln-Reagen Dinner

2024 Lincoln-Reagen Dinner

The Annual Lincoln-Reagen Dinner will be held on April 20, 2024 at the Watson Event Center. No Host Reception at 5:00; Dinner (Prime Rib) at 6:00.

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Come Meet Ryan Busse, Candidate For Governor

Come Meet Ryan Busse, Candidate For Governor

Wednesday April 24 at 5:30pm at Canyon Ferry Brewing. Meet Ryan Busse AND have a beer (maybe two).

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BCDC is ‘Broadwater Development Corporation’

Our Mission is to Attract, retain and expand businesses in Broadwater County and support infrastructure and beautification efforts. Protect and maintain our heritage.

The BCDC Meetings are open to the public. Join us at our monthly meeting held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Lodge of Townsend.


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Broadwater Community Foundation Newsletter for 2022 – 2023 is now available.

Click on Broadwater Community Foundation Newsletter to view the 2023-2024 newsletter

Click on BCF Grant Guidelines and Application to download the 2023-2024 BCF Grant Application.

Click on Broadwater Community and Aqua Center Survey to help design the proposed center

Silos Area Master Plan

Click here to view the Silos Master Plan



Broadwater Community Review Phase 1

Assessment Report Phase 1 is now available

Phase 1 Assessment Report

The January, 2024 Community Connections Newsletter is now available. Click on January, 2024 Community Connections Newsletter to view the newsletter.

The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority Annual Report is Available

The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority Annual Report has been Published.  Click here to read/download the Annual Report.
BSPRA Mission- To provide for the reestablishment of safe, reliable, and sustainable passenger rail service across southern Montana that increases opportunity and contributes to the health and well-being of people across the state and beyond.
BSPRA Vision- To lead the expansion and enhancement of passenger rail service throughout Montana and the greater northwest region for the development of economic, environmental, social, and comprehensive benefits, now and into the future!

US National Tax Day

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Preliminary proposals for 2025-2026 fishing regulations available for review.

Townsend Meeting

April 16,2024 6:00

Townsend Schools Community Room

201 N. Spruce

Preliminary proposals for 2025-2026 fishing regulations available for review
HELENA – If you’re interested in providing input on how Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is crafting fishing regulations for the next two years, now is your chance. FWP is taking public comment and asking for ideas on initial proposals for the 2025-2026 Fishing Regulations.

The initial 64 proposals are online now and available for review and comment. Just go to

FWP is also looking for ideas for regulation changes that aren’t captured in these initial proposals. To answer questions and get feedback on fishing regulations, FWP is hosting public meetings around the state. Staff will use the input to refine the regulation proposals that will go before the Fish and Wildlife Commission in October. The fishing regulations proposals that will be considered by commission will be available for public comment in August. The commission will adopt, amend or reject the proposals at its October meeting.

Montana’s fishing regulations are split into three districts – west, central and east. Each district has standard regulations. Many of the proposals remove exceptions to district standards that are no longer biologically relevant. Others are intended to increase fishing opportunity, enhance conservation efforts for some species, reduce confusion or improve enforceability. All regulation changes are based on criteria or objectives outlined in the Statewide Fisheries Management Plan.

Specific statewide proposals include improving definitions of different types of hooks and adjusting regulations for cleaning and transporting fish.

In the Western Fishing District, proposals include adjusting northern pike possession limits, adjusting bag limits on the Blackfoot River and many tributaries, implementing gear restrictions on the Kootenai River below Libby Dam, and removing a lake trout slot limit on Whitefish Lake.

In the Central Fishing District, proposals include allowing spearing for northern pike on Hauser and Holter reservoirs, removing spearing for burbot at Tiber Reservoir and Lake Frances, removing exceptions for walleye in the Missouri River from Toston to Canyon Ferry and reducing walleye bag limits from Holter Dam to Black Eagle Dam.

For the Eastern Fishing District, proposals include clarification of paddlefish regulations because of the new fish bypass channel at Intake, the addition of a tag for paddlefish snagging opportunities in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam, regulations to conserve shortnose gar, and conservative crappie limits on Tongue River Reservoir.

Fishing regulations are now under a process like hunting regulations, going through a comprehensive public review every two years. Fishing regulations are printed during odd numbered years.



May 8, 2024

Teacher’s Appreciation Lunch

Townsend School

Broadwater County Museum

Opening for the 2024 Season

May 15 at 1:00pm


Billings Clinic Health Fair

May 18th

10:00am – 2:00pm

Broadwater High School Football Field

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Billings Clinic Broadwater Health Fair please fill out the form at:




Broadwater County Museum to Host Open House

The Broadwater County Museum will open for the 2024 season on Wednesday May 15th at 1:00.  We are located at 133 North Walnut Street; across the alley from the jail.

We have been busy getting ready for this season with cleaning, arranging new displays and preparing for the open house program.

The Broadwater County Historical Society is partnering with the Canton Valley Woman’s Club for our open house program this year.

The Canton Valley Woman’s Club was 100 years old on March 19, 2024.  Linda Huth will present an interesting program about the history of the club, describing their projects and membership.

The talk will range from sponsoring the Charity Ball to spearheading the dust abatement project to cleaning up Heritage Park plus much more.  We have included several historic photographs to accompany the talk.

The program is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 at the museum at 133 North Walnut Street.  We hope you can join us for an informative and interesting talk.  There will be a reception following the program.




Memorial Day Ceremony

At the Legion Club or (if weather permits) Memorial Park

May 27 at 11:00am

Free Lunch after the ceremony

MSU Extension Mobile Memory Cafe


A new MSU Extension Mobile Memory Cafe program will kick off in early spring, bringing social engagement and dementia awareness to communities across Montana.

Developed by MSU Assistant Professor and Gerontology Specialist Dr. Daniel Koltz, the Living Well with Dementia and Mobile Memory Cafe initiative offers free, research-informed resources to caregivers and individuals with early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia. Social engagement for people with dementia is important for “living Well with Dementia.” The mobile memory café serves this purpose. Topics covered include prevention, brain health, nutrition, sleep, social activity, and physical health. The program is supported by sponsors, including the Montana Geriatric Education Center, County and Statewide Area Agencies on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter.

The Mobile Memory Cafe has scheduled visits during the first week of each month in various communities as the program begins. There are plans to reach more communities beginning in the fall.

The startup program will commence in April and continue as a pilot project through June.

For further information about the Living Well with Dementia and Mobile Memory Cafe program, contact Dr. Daniel Koltz at 406-994-4351 or
Or visit the MSU Extension Healthy Aging webpage.

Mobile Memory Café Schedule:

MSU’s Mobile Health Camper, will be parked at these locations:

Helena – Friday April 5th, May 3rd, and June 7th, from 2PM – 3:30PM
Next to the Public Library on S. Park Ave.

Butte – Thursday, April 11th and May 9th, from 10:30 AM – 12PM
Inside the Public Library

Whitehall – Thursday, April 11th, May 9th, and Wed. June 12th, from 2 PM – 3:30PM.
Inside the Public Library


The Rotary Club of Townsend is sponsoring the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus again this year on Wednesday, June 26th at the Broadwater County Fairgrounds. Rotary’s goal for 2024 is to provide free $8 circus tickets for all children ages 2-12 years of age in Broadwater County!

The Rotary Club will match up to $2,000 for all donations so that $4,000 can be raised to buy at least 500 kids tickets to give away. If anyone is interested in helping Rotary achieve this ambitious goal, please send your donations to Rotary at P. O. Box 1192, Townsend, MT 59644.

If you have any questions please call Patrick Plantenberg at 406-431-4615. Thank you for your support! Rotary-it’s about helping our kids!



American Red Cross Blood Drive Schedule

Upcoming Dates:

April 24, 2024: United Methodist Church: @ 12:00 – 5:30pm

May 30, 2024: American Legion Post 42: @ 11:30am – 4:30pm

June 27, 2024: United Methodist Church: @ 12:00 – 5:30pm

October 24, 2024: United Methodist Church: @ 12:00 – 5:30pm

To schedule an Appt visit the Red Cross website at Red Cross Blood Drive


Support The Imagination Library                                   

In Broadwater County

About the Program

The Imagination Library is a partnership between the Broadwater County Social Services Committee (BCSSC) and the Dollywood Foundation. Every child who is enrolled in the program receives a free age-appropriate book every month from birth until the age of 5. It is open to any child residing in Broadwater County.

In 2022, a survey was done with parents in Broadwater County with children currently enrolled in the program or recent graduates. The survey showed the program is already making a big impact in the community in just three years by increasing reading time, improving kindergarten readiness, promoting family bonding and fostering a love for reading. The survey respondents indicated:

  • 9% felt that the Imagination Library has made a positive impact on their family.
  • 8% felt their child’s enthusiasm for books has increased since receiving Imagination Library books.
  • 6% felt they spend more time reading to their child as a result of the Imagination Library.
  • 5% felt that the Imagination Library has helped their child prepare for kindergarten by improving his/her literacy.

BCSSC is raising funds to continue operating the program. The Dolly Parton Foundation covers the administrative cost of the program while the local organization funds the cost of books, postage and mailing. The local cost is $25/child/year. If you should like to sponsor a child to participate in the program or give a general donation, please complete the form below. BCSSC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or to enroll, visit

Download the Dolly Parton Imagation Library Donation Form


Silos Recreation Master Plan

The Citizens Action Group for the Silos Recreation Area has been working with the BOR and the people of Broadwater County and the surrounding region to develop a Master Plan for the Silos Recreation Area.

Click here to view the Silos Master Plan




Townsend School System Information

New Local Employment Opportunities page
under the Economic Development tab
Click Here to view local listings

Business opportunities abound in Townsend

We have a few available business/office spaces available for rent or sale. We also have a few business owners looking to retire from successful/thriving established businesses. Does Townsend fit into your next business decision? Browse our website; see what our area has to offer, visit with our realtors & property managers. Make Townsend your next move. For more information contact

“It’s Time” to come home to Montana

Are you ready for a simpler way of life – a less corporate lifestyle?
Take a look at what our area has to offer.

Recreational Opportunities in and around Townsend

Click Here for a partial listing

A video sampling of what is out our backdoor

Enjoy some more videos

Bobcats & Grizzlies Sports Schedules


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