Community Profile

Shelby, Montana, the county seat of Toole County, is located in north central Montana, approximately 30 miles south of the Canadian border and about 80 miles east of Glacier National Park. The Burlington Northern/Santa Fe east-west main line tracks pass through Shelby linking Chicago to Seattle, and Interstate I-15 gives quick access to north and south destinations. Shelby’s geographical location makes it a natural site for a transportation center, north into Canada, west to the Pacific Coast, east to the Minneapolis-Chicago area, or south on I-15 to Los Angeles. Following are some statistics on the Shelby area.

Land Area

City, 778.5 acres (295 acres undeveloped)
Parks, 11.5 acres (developed area)
Residential, 191.2 acres
Industrial, 13.1 acres
Commercial, 173 acres
Public, 60.4 acres
Streets and Alleys, 173 acres


Marias River Electric Cooperative
(406) 434-5575
910 W. Roosevelt Hwy / P.O. Box 729
Shelby, Montana
Residential, Commercial, Industrial service


Shelby, Montana - 3,376
Toole County - 5,324

Natural Gas

Shelby Gas Association
910 W. Roosevelt Hwy / P.O. Box 729
Shelby, Montana
Residential, Commercial, Industrial service
(406) 434-5575

Employment Opportunities (as of February 2013)

Area Labor Force - 2,889
Employment Rate - 95.6% (as stated by SWC info)
Contact Shelby Job Service for further information
(406) 434-5161


City of Shelby
112 1st St. South, Shelby, Montana
Municipal system, storage capacity of 2,600,000 gallons
(406) 434-5222

Education Facilities

Shelby Junior/Senior High School
(406) 424-8910
Shelby Elementary School - K-6
(406) 424-8910
Superintendent of Schools
(406) 434-2622

Sewer Disposal

City of Shelby
Municipal system, Land Fill
Call Public Works for rates at (406) 434-5564


Marias Medical Center, 25 beds
(406) 434-3200
Marias Care Center, 64 beds
(406) 434-3260

Marias Healthcare Services, Inc
(406) 434-3100

Marias Heritage Center
6 physicians
(406) 434-3290

Emergency Medical Personnel & Ambulance Service.
(406) 434-3200
Five Physicians, two dentists, two optometrists, one chiropractor,
two veterinarians


Northern Express Transportation Authority
Phone: (406) 434-5203
Fax: (406) 434-2761
Burlington Northern / Santa Fe Rail Line Intermodal Site (406) 434-5573


Daily train service both eastbound and westbound
(406) 434-5031


Toole County Airport (406) 434-2462
Charter service, 5000 feet paved, lighted runway, hangars, fuel and courtesy car
Airport Director: (406) 450-2463
Great Falls International Airport: One hour, fifteen minutes south of Shelby


Shelby’s available housing varies from time to time as in any location. However, there are numerous rentals, trailer spaces & apartments available.
Chamber Office for rental information sheet

Municipal Structure

Mayor-council government
Model Cities Program
Volunteer fire department
City-county combined law enforcement
City-county zoning
Other services, please call City Hall (406) 434-5222

County Government

Toole County Commissioners: Commission form of government
(406) 424-8310

Recreational Facilities

Marias Valley Golf & Country Club
Beautiful 18-hole course located on the Marias River
Seven miles south of Shelby
(406) 434-5940 Website
Tennis Courts: Aronow Park, Shelby
Horseshoe Pits: Aronow Park, Shelby
Lake Sheloole Sports Complex and Recreation Area
One-half mile north of Shelby
Five baseball fields, camping sites
Shelby Swimming Pool: 121 12th Ave. North, Shelby,
Indoor pool open May through October
(406) 434-5311
Shelby Civic Center: 669 Park Avenue, Shelby
Racquetball courts, basketball court, weight room, cardio room, archery range, toddler room, teen center
(406) 434-5114
Roadrunner Recreation Trail
The trail begins at the intersection of Main Street and Coyote Pass, heading north along Oilfield Avenue. The trail leaves Oilfield at North Lake Sheloole Drive and circumvents Lake Sheloole and continues across the prairies to City Shop Road and back into Shelby. A mid-way loop joins North Park Drive about .50 miles from the City Shop Road. The Roadrunner Recreation Trail is 5.06 miles of paved asphalt with varied degrees of difficulty. It has beautiful views and provides great exercise.

Tax Structures

The City of Shelby and Toole County may offer special tax incentives for qualifying new businesses.
County: (406) 424-8310

Commercial Services

Diesel, Machine repair, Welders, Plumbers, Electricians
Weekly newspaper
Radio station, Cable TV, Realtors
Job Service
7 Motels
3 Banks - FDIC insured
2 Credit Unions
Contractors - building, concrete

Truck, Freight:

Dick Irvin Inc. - Interstate trucking
(406) 434-5583
I&T Transfer - Freight
(406) 434-5306
Mountain View Reload USA, Inc.
(406) 434-9260


Lake Sheloole, Marias River, Lake Elwell, Lake Frances

Industrial Buildings & Sites

City of Shelby has developed an industrial park with all services & rail siding. NETA facilities include 12,000 sq. ft. rail side warehouse with cross dock
Tax Structure operations; bulk transload capabilities; three foreign trade zone sites; expansion capabilities. Call NETA at (406) 434-5203 or fax at (406) 434-2761