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Perfect halfway from Seattle to Yellowstone NP

We made a reservation here by calling them a couple weeks before we left for Yellowstone National Park.  We were driving from the Seattle, WA area and figured this was about half way.  There are several mountain passes to cross and we did not want to fill our water and propane tanks before leaving and carry a bunch of extra weight.  This place offered full hook ups and propane sales on site. 

We arrived almost too late for in person check in.  Since we were hoping to leave early the next morning, we didn't want to wait for the office to open again in the morning.  We called ahead and the really nice lady in the office stayed a few minutes to wait for us.  They have a nice office with some local items for sale that make cute little gifts.  

Sites are typical for an RV campground.  Everyone is very close together.  Picnic tables and full hook ups are available.  There are also tent sites.  The bathrooms are great.  many stalls and several private showers.  The grounds are beautiful.  Green and watered.  Covered picnic shelters are available.  

Campers were quiet for a Saturday night.  Lots of folks out and about, everyone was so friendly!  The only downside is it's right next to the freeway.  Even in the middle of the night, it was loud.

Beautiful Spot by the River w/ Fishing & Climbing Nearby

We've stopped here in the past but this was the first time we've seen the area so green!  It is a great pit stop or last minute spot right along the interstate going towards Dillon, MT.  There are plenty of spaces to pull up your RV or to toss a tent into the big open grass yard.  The north side isnt very shaded but close to the amenities and the south side has plenty of cottonwood trees to hang out under.  Nearby is a great river to fish in and the Native American site known as Rattlesnake Rock that looms over the river and park to the east.  There are some good albeit "spicy" sport and trad routes on the rock but as the name implies keep an eye out for snakes!  Nearby is the large Clark Canyon Reservoir where you can cool off and do some exhilarating cliff diving as long as the reservoir pool is high.

Very clean

This campground was very clean. Trees and grass and the creek at each of the front sites. Nice laundry and clean bathrooms ans showers. The owner, Janet is always working to make it comfortable. She takes each guest to their site, personally. There are movies to check out, no cost, in the office. It is close to many things in town.

Clean park well laid out

If you like waterslides or golfing this will be hard to beat. Nice and clean areas with a great little store. I want to judge a park by the cost of ice “2.00” seems fair. $29.00 to tent camp. Power, picnic table, 4g phone service with Verizon, they offer wi-fi, bbq in every site. Each site has a raised level gravel spot for setting up camp with grass all around. I appreciate that they planted trees that block out the hot sun during the entire day (Sept 1st). Showers and bathroom are 100ft away. The shower and toilets are immaculate and secure with secure code door locks. At check-in, I was offered a day pass to the golf course and water park at no cost for the day. It was A nice bonus and justified the extra cost for the tent site. The water park has a nice restaurant and bar inside as well as a poolside bar with mixed drinks. I had dinner at Donivan's about 10 miles away in Anaconda. Great place to eat very nice. Had a great steak potato and beer for $27 it was delicious. This is my second trip out here this summer from Washington state to Fairmont. I genuinely enjoy spending time here. I'm just a big kid traveling by myself, but it's really an excellent place for the little ones and a place for mom and dad to get some time together. I see a lot of retired people here living it up golfing and swimming. Being right off, I90 makes it a huge bonus. I can see the cars on the highway just barely and no noise. Must be 3ish miles from 90. Happy ⛺!

Quiet and peaceful

Nice weekend getaway spot

RV Camping Right by a Beautiful Reservoir!

A beautiful combination of the mountains and Big Sky of Montana!  This reservoir is quite large and even has a cool little island in the middle of it that you can cliff dive from when the waters are high enough!  There are boat docks, day-use areas, and campgrounds spread all around the reservoir.  The campground we featured in this review was an RV only site (because why would you tent camp there) that was right next to the Lewis & Clark Day-use area that has a giant canoe and flag pole.  It is an extended stay RV site with the option for paying for weeks if you plan on spending a good chunk of your summer here.  

Right along the road on the dam there is a sign showing you that you're halfway between the equator and the north pole!  Also nearby is the cute, cozy town of Dillon, where you can venture into the 1st Patagonia and Great Harvest stores in the world!  If you're here around Labor Day they also have a great rodeo and parade and the Patagonia Store has HUGE discounts!

Great Place

This is an extremely well kept BLM Campground that is adjacent to a very large fly fishing River. It has pit toilets fire rings and tables. Access is very easy on a short dirt road off the main highway. There's a camp host on site. They have pit toilets RV sites and tent sites. It's only 15 or 20 minutes south west of Butte Montana

Clean and Quiet Campground for a Quick Overnight

We passed through the area while driving on route 1 and decided to spend the night here because it was clean and quiet and relatively cheap at $15 per night. The sites are shaded and large enough for RVs. We stayed on a weeknight in July and there were 10 other campers. 

There are pit toilets and faucets with water, but that's about it. You can gather downed wood for campfires, and there is plenty of it. Georgetown Lake is nearby, but we didn't have the opportunity to explore it properly. There is no direct access from the campground.

Of the 31 sites in the campground, 20 are reservable on recreation.gov.  We heard a pack of coyotes loud and clear in the night, and we saw a lone elk in the distance. While we enjoyed our stay at Lodgepole, it seems like more of a drive-by campground. I imagine that it is also an overflow campground for people visiting Georgetown Lake.

On the road to nowhere!

I would think you either need to decide this campground is a destination or, like us, pick it as a midway point between Yellowstone and Glacier. 21 sites, no reservations but was told the campground rarely fills. I really did not feel the love when we arrived here. We didn’t know the layout and after Sites 1-6, the (gravel) road seemed to go on for quite some distance without seeing any additional sites. We settled into Site 4, which was very close to Site 5. This would be good if you were with friends, but we hedged our bets that after 5 pm on a Sunday, no one would take that spot and we were right. These sites have no shade, however, and it was very hot until the sun dipped below the rock walls surrounding the campground. Only pit toilets but they were exceptionally clean. Early the next morning, I set out for the mile walk to see the rest of the park. Site 7 is about a quarter-mile from Site 6 and has a seemingly private pit toilet as Sites 8-21 are another half mile up the road from Site 7. Sites 8-21 have a few pit toilets (also clean) and drinking water (Sites 1-7 do not). They are also more shaded. There is a nice waterfall accessible via a short, paved path from the end of the park as well as an additional trailhead (this I did not explore). Two small day-use areas; one between sites 6 and 7 and one at the end of the loop. The host was very friendly. There is a pack-in/pack-out policy. By the time we left, I was loving this place much more and might have given it five stars except for the steep price: $28 for non-residents for basically dry camping– compared to what we got in Idaho, this price is very high!

Glad it’s on the map

This campground is great for the quick overnight since it is right off the highway, so the activity is constant. I am giving 2 Bars 4 stars because the hosts are helpful and friendly. The bathrooms are clean and the showers are hot, not to mention they have a laundry room which is helpful.

Family-friendly campground

The layout of this state park was somewhat unusual: there are five loops within one larger loop with 32 sites plus seven additional pull-through sites on the outside of the loop. There are also three handicap accessible cabins and one tipi. All are reservable. This campground appeared to be very family-friendly, with many kids riding bikes and playing on the playground (first campground I’ve seen in a while that had kids playing on it). There are some trees, but they don’t necessarily provide shade (certainly not for B4!) Flush toilets plus (fee) showers; it was nice that there was HOT water! The path leading from Loop B (where we were) to the bathroom went between one of the cabins and their driveway, making it feel like we were walking through their yard – a little bit awkward. There is one 6.5-mile trail from the campground but the real attraction is the cave tour (and no, Lewis and Clark never saw the caves)! The Classic tour is $12 and lasts approximately two hours and is very interesting. You cannot make advance reservations for the tour, but we had no problem walking up and buying tickets at 5:30 pm on a Friday. It is a 3/4 mile UPHILL walk to the cave entrance and a half-mile walk back to the visitor center when done with the tour. There was also a covered picnic pavilion and a day-use area, but it appeared to be closed when we were there.

Easy to find great family park

The caverns are fantastic. Amazing tour and stories. Camp ground is decent and provides campers with a typical state park site.

Remote and Quiet

Nice are to get away from it all. Road is best traveled with AWD-4WD. Campgrounds are nice and level for tents.

Enjoyable easy camping

I thoroughly enjoyed this park. The campground is a large field for the most part and the sites are located around the circle. As many other reviewers have mentioned, it is not very private, but I thought the camp sites were fairly well spaced out and I didn’t feel like we were crowded at any time. There are not a lot of trees, but we had no problem moving our chairs under the nearest cottonwood and getting some shade. I liked the open feel of the campground surrounded by the canyon. It was a pleasant change as we had just left Glacier National Park which is incredibly busy and packed with people. The park has enough room for tents and RVs. There are 3 cabins centrally located and a tipi, which we stayed in for a night- as it was a nice change not having to set up our tent after having done so the last two weeks on our trip. Water is easily accessible, bathrooms are clean, showers are available but for a fee. It was $3.00 for six minutes. There is a visitor center at the campground as well as a gift shop and cafe near the cavern. We took a cavern tour and really enjoyed it. It was a short but all uphill climb to the cavern, and then a 2 hour tour. Very informative.

Maybe camping here?

Local signs say no camping. Forest service says it is a campground. The forest service website site says it will take trailers. The parking area is large enough to stay in. The pavilion is a walk down the path. Vault toilets are accessible. 

The drive is down a road that says it’s a dead end. There are some great looking ranches on the drive. 

We didn’t know if it was camping or not therefore the one star. It looks nice but we didn’t want to risk a knock on the door at night.

Stay at the White House for Free

Whitehouse Campground is the only campground of three along the upper boulder river that still exist as a full fledged campground. The other two are now just disperse primitive camping areas. Whitehouse Campground is listed as having 5 campsite, but during our visit counted 12 site with tables and fire rings. The fire rings appear to be all rock rings until you check and find they all have metal fire rings with rocks that have been placed around the rings. Three other sites with rock only fire rings with no tables have also been built by past visitors to the area. The campground has one vault toilet and there is a hand pump at the entrance to the campground just behind the information sign on the right hand site of the drive in to the campground across from the first available site. This is a Trash-in Trash-out campground so come prepared to haul your trash back out with you. The first two sites you drive through are in the trees and isolated from all the other sites, the other sites sit in a fairly open area and are all in site of each other. If you want to go on a nice hike just head the 2 miles up Thunderbolt Mountain road across the road from the campground entrance for a 4.5 mile hike to Cottonwood lake with decent fishing for cutthroat trout. White house campground gets very busy during the fall hunting season and tends to have a steady amount of campers though out the summer months. Have stayed here several times and have always been able to get a site with a table and fire ring during the summer season, but best to avoid during hunting season. Their is no cost to camp at Whitehouse Campground

Overnight

This is a small campground (my kinda place). Only a handful of other sites were filled. Lots of birds, chipmunks, and Prairie dogs. The view was jaw dropping. I wasn’t able to venture around much but would like to in the future. My site was bordering a huge meadow. Amazing!

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Campground is gone, now only a primitive camping area with a paved loop

Lady Smith Campground has meet the same fate as Mormon Gulch Campground. This was a nice campground 10-15 years ago, but today it's just a paved loop with overgrown parking pads and one“Pack out your litter” sign. All the campsites are becoming overgrown, the picnic tables have been removed as well as most of the metal fire rings. The outhouse have been removed as has the pump that use to provide water. The campground area is devoid of pine trees, the area is littered with stumps. The tree were removed due to the massive pine beetle kill off, however Aspen Trees are starting to reclaim the area. Their is one site that still has a usable concrete fire pit and previous campers has set timbers from an old table across some stumps to provide a place to sit. You will have to travel to White house campground if you want a functional campground with water, fault toilets and picnic tables with fire rings.

First to Review
Dismantled and reduced to primitive camping

Mormon Gulch Campground was a nice campground 20 years ago, but today there is almost nothing. If you weren't looking for the turn for the campground you would drive right by as the sign is no longer hanging. A short distance after crossing the cattle guard the dirt road turns in to a paved loop for the campground, then your heart drops. You reach the first campsites and see overgrown parking pads, a dismantled concrete picnic table and a metal fire ring. Beyond the first sites it remains the same, hard to find parking pads, a few still have fire rings at the sites if you can find them, no picnic tables and the two outhouses have been removed as has the pump that use to provide water. The campground area is devoid of trees, the area is littered with stumps. The tree were removed due to the massive pine beetle kill off. The next campground down the road“Lady Smith” has suffered the same fate. You will have to travel to White house campground if you want a functional campground with water, fault toilets and picnic tables with fire rings.

Very Small 2 site free primitive campground

Basin Canyon Campground and Picnic Area in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is a bare basics campground with only 2 sites(an old 3rd site can be found but is over grown and falling apart). Be careful not to drive right by the site as the sign for the campground is missing. The two campsites sit on the Boulder River side of the road. A picnic area and two outhouses sit on the other side of the road. One of the two sites is a very nice site next to the river with a picnic table and metal fire ring. This site appears to get heavy use as the ground is all bare dirt. The other site sits closer to the road in a grassy area. The second site also has a metal fire ring and picnic table. This campground does not have water(but looks like it may have in the past) and does not have trash service, so be sure to pack out your trash and bring plenty of water for your stay. Across the road is the picnic area which has three large picnic tables and two concrete fire pits. A rock ring fire pit has been placed in the picnic area and this might be a safer place for a fire at the picnic site do to the encroaching forest at the concrete fire pit location. The picnic area could use a little maintenance. The picnic area side of the road has two outhouses. These are old school wooden framed forest service outhouses, but are very nice, clean and well stocked inside. I did find one more former campsite/picnic site that has pretty much been reclaimed by the forest and the table is falling apart.

Nice free BLM campground right off I-15

Galena Gulch Campground is a free nicely maintained BLM campground just off of interstate 15 south of Boulder Montana. This campground has 10 sites all with metal fire rings and picnic tables. Two ADA accessible vault toilets serve the campground. This is a trash-in trash-out campground. Be sure to bring your own water as there is no water at this campground. Most sites sit along the Boulder River. Camping is limited to 14 days. This is a busy campground despite it not being listed on the BLM's website and their being no indication from the interstate that the campground is present. The main drawbacks of this campground is the noise from I-15 and how busy the campground is. The sites are nicely spread out giving you plenty of room. The entire campground has nice grass covering and is well maintained making finding a good spot for your tent an easy choir.

Good

This is actually a 5-star campground in terms of cleanliness and amenities. Nice bathrooms, showers, electric, drinking water, playground, and all that. It’s basically a wide open field with a few trees and no privacy, which isn’t my usual style and that’s why it’s only a 4 star for me. The cavern tour is also great, fun, beautiful, informative…

Middle of the road

Good amenities for a full time RVer, probably a little lean for someone looking for a resort feel. $35 a day for electric, $36 for water, $37 for full hookups.

Laundry and showers available, but I did not use. Manager is on site, and while it’s not a looker, it’s kept nice. Nice view to the west for sunsets, very easy access to I-10. A good stopover if you need a day’s rest with hookups, it was never full while I was there.

Great spot for RVs or campers

Basic campground on the lake.

Cool spot

Went on a last minute get away for the weekend. Loved the spot camped right on Grass Hopper Creek and its walking distance to Bannack Ghost Town. Friendly Camp host and you can buy firewood from him as well!

Good spot for kids

We camped here with a group of families and the playground was nice for the kids. There aren’t many trees and the land is flat but we were able to really keep a decent eye of the kids running around because of it and the views were still beautiful. Loved the caverns!

Ranger review of Grub Stick at Lowland Campground

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Lowland Campground Review

Lowland Campground located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest north of Butte Montana is nice small very quiet campground with 11 sites and a large day use area. You will disconnected from the world hear as there is no cell phone service at this campground. The campground has a vault toilet at the entrance, two more are found in the day use area, one is just a short distance from the campground toilet. The campground has several new bear proof garbage bins. The site has a water pump, but the only pump appears to be in the day use area so you will want to drive to the pump to fill up your water jugs in order to avoid a long walk back to camp with those heavy water jugs. Each site has plenty of room to spread out. You will want to collect firewood before you arrive at the campground as there is nothing to harvest in the campground, even small twigs for starting a fire were hard to find. We had the campground to our selves when we visited, and the best part is the fee is only $5. Can't beat that price and have vault toilets, water and trash pins.

Ranger Review of the Grub Stick

Received the Grub Stick several weeks ago and have used it on several outings since. Have to say this is just fun to use. Cooking over a fire is always great fun and having the Grub Stick just gives you way more options for fire cooking fun. It was a blast coming up with ideas to try. We really likes the bacon bowl feature, but a hint on using it “don't use thick cut bacon” it takes to long to cook and is hard to get the bacon clip over it. We have cooked up hot dogs, sausages, made eclairs, S'mores, Chocolate chip cookie s'mores, Biscuits, biscuit s'mores, Bacon bowls stuffed with just about anything we could find. The big down fall of the Grub Stick is that we didn't have enough of them and waiting for someone to finish was a downier, especially when you had a new idea you wanted to try.

A great place to spend the afternoon!

Right off the interstate is the Montana equivalent of a rest area.  This rest area includes a picnic area a bridge over a stream where you canfly fish, and zone short sport climbing routes to have fun on!  It is close to Dillon home of the first Patagonia store and Great Harvest Bakery.  If you're around here for Labor Day definitely check out the Patagonia Outlet for amazing deals!!!

First to Review
Small tent or trailer sites

Great location along big hole river for fishing and hunting.Some rvs run generators all night long very rude, caused some tent campers to leave because of noise , I guess some people do not respect to space of others. This site is run by blm

and does not have hours posted or Regis posted as to noise.

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Butte, Montana

Cold, nice weather for hiking