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Downtown Martinsdale, Montana
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Martinsdale, Montana reminds me of a town that time has passed by. Since Martinsdale is located several miles south of US Highway 12, on a road that leads nowhere, few people ever venture to this very small town. Indeed, the bulk of the visitation to Martinsdale is from people heading up to the nearby reservoir, Martinsdale Reservoir, to do some fishing.

Martinsdale is located about 30 miles to the west of Harlowton, and sits near the base of the Crazy Mountains and the Little Belt Mountains. Hunters flock to this area during the fall to take advantage of the excellent hunting for deer and elk that roam the mountains.

Yet, although the town itself is located in a nice location, the combination of the consolidation of the agricultural industry and the pull-out of the railroad has sort of made Martinsdale a "forgotten town" in some ways. And all the out-state money that has been pouring into Montana in recent years has, at least so far, mainly passed by this area - although nearby White Sulphur Springs saw a mini-building boom prior to the Great Recession of 2008.

Charles Bair Family Museum
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Martinsdale is located close to the South Fork Mussellshell River. This river is an attractive river that can have some decent fishing for brown trout. Unfortunately, gaining access to this river is difficult. Anglers will have better luck with access on the main Mussellshell River instead, using the designated fishing access site that is located on US Highway 12.

There is one other interesting thing in Martinsdale. The Bair Family Museum is a beautiful residence once owned by Charles Bair, one of the wealthiest businessman to ever live in Montana. The residence has since been converted into a museum. The museum is open during the summer months (call before going to make sure it is open).

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Where to Stay in Martinsdale

Your choices are quite simple in Martinsdale. Bring your RV or tent and camp out at Martinsdale Reservoir. For real hotels, the best place to find them are in White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton.

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