Fort Benton

“The Birthplace of Montana”

“Located on the banks of the Missouri River in the Golden Triangle of Central Montana, Fort Benton is one of the oldest communities in Montana. Established in 1846 as an American Fur Company Trading Post, it remains one of the prettiest little communities in the west today.”

Fort Benton Population: 1,449 (according to 2020 census)

Size: 2.29 square miles

Elevation: 2,621

Fort Benton gives you that “true Montana feel.” We are known as a “sleepy river town” where the Missouri River passes through and things are at a slower pace of life. While visiting our small community, it’s common to see people waving out car windows, smiling to those we pass on the streets, giving a lending hand, and stopping and chatting to strangers and acquaintances alike. Thus, we take pride in our community and you will often see people “wearing many hats” in this town. Community is at the core of our values here.

Fort Benton attracts river goers and history seekers alike, due to its rich history and being known as the gateway to the Wild and Scenic Upper Missouri River National Monument. Take a walk along the river trail to read and learn about our history and or shop and dine at our many locally owned establishments. If you are seeking more history, our small town has vast museums to explore and great book stores to wander through. Fort Benton is the perfect place for an extended stay to help relax and unwind from the hustle of everyday life. Check out our historic hotels and cute vacation rentals.

For more information about our town please check out Fort Benton’s website.

Fort Benton annual events- Click on the links below to learn about some of Fort Benton’s upcoming events.

Summer Celebration- The last weekend in June every year for over 45 years.

Chouteau County Fair


Fishing Derby

Choureau County Performing Arts