2016 Diamond Level Sponsors
Annual MIB Golf Tournament at Green Meadow Country Club
Helena’s premier golf facility, Green Meadow Country Club, offers 18 holes of golf as well as a sizable practice facility. One of the key features adding to the beauty of the course is the lack of residential development surrounding it. 10-Mile Creek traverses the entire length of the course allowing players to share this space with an abundance of wildlife. Although the Club is only a few minutes from town, you will feel like you’re miles away.
Our modified shotgun format makes it possible for any team to win. Every attempt will be made to pair friends on teams, if requested, but teams will be constructed primarily for competitiveness. Bring your clubs and a few extra balls and join us for another exciting adventure in golf!
Cost for the 18-hole tourney is $70 which includes green fees, a golf cart, and boxed lunch. Tee times begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017.
Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour
On July 19,1805, on the Missouri River, not far from present day Helena, the hardy members of the Lewis and Clark expedition toiled to move upstream. Suddenly, there loomed before them towering rock formations unlike any they had ever seen. From both sides of the river, limestone cliffs rose to a spectacular height of 1200 feet. “In many places,” wrote Meriwether Lewis, “the rocks seem ready to tumble on us.” At each bend in the waterway, great stone walls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near. In his journal, Meriwether wrote: “I shall call this place: “GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS.“ Today, visitors enjoy the beauty of the Gates of the Mountains from aboard a tour boat – the “Canyon Voyager” or the “Sacajawea.” The 120-minute cruise starts at the marina, just 3 miles off Interstate 15 in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains north of Helena. Aboard a comfortable open-air boat (covered in case of rain), you’ll glide through magnificent country Meriwether Lewis would still recognize if he could return. Great towering walls of limestone still stand guard over the river. Bighorn sheep and Mountain Goats scamper in the rocks high above the water. Ospreys, eagles (bald and golden), vultures and falcons (peregrine and prairie) still soar on the updrafts. The canyon is also home to otters, deer, squirrels, ermine, beaver, mountain lions, black bears and other wild creatures. From the vessel you can see Mann Gulch, the site of the raging forest fire that killed 13 smokejumpers, August 5, 1949. This tragedy was the main subject matter of Norman Maclean’s book “Young Men and Fire.” Near Mann Gulch the pilot will hug the shoreline to give you a look at Indian pictographs painted on the rock wall. Proof that indigenous people lived here long before Meriwether named it the Gates of the Mountains. The tour’s main attraction, though, is the inexhaustible scenery – wooded slopes, rugged rock formations, and the placid beauty of the timeless Missouri.
Cost is $16, and children 17 and under are $10. This fee includes transportation and a boxed lunch. Departure will be 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017 from the Great Northern Best Western Hotel. The 2-hour boat tour launches at 2:00 p.m.
Tour of the Federal Reserve Bank, Helena Branch
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Helena Branch is the only branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The branch was opened on Feb. 1, 1921. At the time of opening, the city had a population of 12,377 making it the smallest city to have a Federal Reserve bank or branch. Helena Branch directors contribute regional perspectives on economic conditions as part of the Federal Reserve’s monitoring of the national economy and the formulation of monetary policy. In addition, the Branch’s board of directors serves in an advisory capacity to the management of the Helena Branch. The Federal Reserve Branch Bank in Helena adopts the city’s historical theme of using strong, striking colors in its design. Cherry-red or orange-red bricks contrasted with buff limestone is the dominant theme expressed by the historic structures of old Helena, and the bank continues that theme. Perhaps most striking, though, is the green patina of the building’s copper roof.
The Federal Reserve Bank has graciously offered to give a private tour of their facility to MIB convention attendees. This free 30-minute tour will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017.
NOTE: This is a security-intensive federal facility–your drivers license ID is required for entry, the possessions you bring with you will be scanned, and you will need to submit your name to Laura Welker at least one week before the tour for background checks by the Federal Reserve Bank.
Fly Fishing on the Missouri River
The Missouri River is one of the longest rivers in the world. Trout fishermen are mostly concerned with the 35 mile section below Holter Dam near the towns of Wolf Creek, Craig and Cascade. This “tailwater” section offers some of the finest fly fishing in the Western US, and is a destination for fly fishermen and women from all over the world. One of the most popular trout fisheries in Montana, the Missouri River continually produces some of the best fishing in the state, and arguably the largest average fish size. Cycles in fish size and quantity do change from year to year, but the fishing remains phenomenal by anyone’s standards year after year. While all methods produce on the Missouri River, it is most famous for it’s incredible dry fly fishing, which stretches from April through November.
You can reserve fly fishing tours individually with Headhunters Fly Shop ($425 for a half day), Cross Currents ($400 for a half day), The Trout Shop ($375 for a half day), and the Wolf Creek Angler ($400 for a half day). NOTE: Montana fishing licenses are NOT provided by MIB. Please procure your Montana fishing license prior to this trip.
Helena Attractions and Historical Tours
Helena, Montana’s capital city, is called the “Queen of the Rockies” with good reason. It possesses a rich and colorful history dating back to 1864, when four hardscrabble miners tried the Last Chance creek one more time–and struck one of the richest gold deposits in the nation. At one point, Helena had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States, leading to the construction of stunning architecture and mansions in the late 1800s. Yet it was also a wild and wooly mining town, with hangings, brothels, and hauntings galore. Helena offers a number of amazing attractions and historical tours, all of which you are welcome to reserve on your own for Friday or Saturday afternoons:
- Last Chance Tour Train
- Helena Walking Tour (self-guided)
- Montana’s Original Governor’s Mansion
- Montana State Capitol Tour
- Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine (pan your own sapphire gravel!)
- Cathedral of St. Helena
- Montana Historical Society Museum
- Great Northern Carousel
- Archie Bray Pottery Foundation
- Holter Museum of Art
- Blackfoot River Brewing Company and Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
- Rimini Ghost Town
- Mount Helena Trail Hiking
The Helena area has many other family-friendly attractions, information on which can be found here. These activities are not sponsored by MIB but can booked on your own.