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Hobson was named for S. S. Hobson, an early-day cowboy and rancher who lived between Hobson and Utica on the Judith River and owned the Campbell and Clendendan ranches. He later became state senator from Judith Basin County.(from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)
The nearby towns of Stanford and Utica have several museums of interest. The Judith Basin County Museum and the Utica Museum are two to be sure and visit while there. Also see the Hobson Museum for an interesting collection of old agricultural machinery and artifacts of pioneers from central Montana.
Near Hobson, Ackley Lake, named after an early settler and frontiersman, offers diverse water sports opportunities. Stocked with rainbow trout, the lake is often good angling for 10 to 15 inch fish. The elevation of the park is 4,336 feet and is 160 acres in size. The state park offers 15 campsites with vault toilets, picnic tables, grills/fire rings and group use area.
There are even more recreation opportunities in the nearby Lewis and Clark National Forest and Judith River Wildlife Management Area. The Judith River Wildlife Management Area, at the edge of the Little Belt Mountains is a good place to view large elk herds in late fall and winter. The Big Snowy Mountains lie south of this agricultural community. There are camping and hiking opportunities at Crystal Lake, 20 miles south of the town Moore.
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