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Not the location of Maidenrock FAS

This is not the location of the Maidenrock campground.  The campground which is part of Maidenrock Fishing Access site is located further south.  The correct location can be found at

Small FAS campground on Big Hole River

Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site is a small fishing access site which allows camping. This Fishing access site has two picnic tables, one of which has a large rock fire ring next to it. The other picnic table has had fires next to it but does not really have a fire ring, one could be made however as enough rocks seem to be available. Their is also a BBQ grill in the area but no table near it. A few old buildings are at the site and are fenced off for safety. The site has on vault toilet, no other services area available. This is a fee site. Access to the river is through a break in the fence along the shore of the Big Hole river. This is not the greatest camping area, and private residents are near the site.

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Small FAS campground on Big Hole River

Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site is a small fishing access site which allows camping. This Fishing access site has two picnic tables, one of which has a large rock fire ring next to it. The other picnic table has had fires next to it but does not really have a fire ring, one could be made however as enough rocks seem to be available. Their is also a BBQ grill in the area but no table near it. A few old buildings are at the site and are fenced off for safety. The site has on vault toilet, no other services area available. This is a fee site. Access to the river is through a break in the fence along the shore of the Big Hole river. This is not the greatest camping area, and private residents are near the site.

Trail head, not a camping area

This location is not a campground, it is the trail head for Humbug Spires and wonderful 6 mile one way hiking trail.  The trail head is small with not much room for vehicles.  While their is a vault toilet at the location, this area is not a campground.  Trail is well worth hiking

Small quiet overlooked campground near Ghost Town and Crystal Park

Mono Creek Campground is just a short drive off of the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway. This five site campground had only two of its five sites occupied on our visit, will others along the byway were full. We liked that two of the five campsites were for tents only. All sites sit among Lodgepole pines and have picnic tables and metal fire rings. One vault toilet serves the campground. A water pump is available at the entrance to the campground. Happy creek runs along the campground. If you like to hike, a large trail head is next to the campground and trails lead to mountain lakes. If you like ghost towns just continue down the road past the campground to its end to take a mile hike to Coolidge Ghost Town. Like to dig for crystal that can get as big as your thumb, then take the drive down the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway to Crystal park, kids love looking for the crystals.

Nice quite campground in the Tobacco Root Mountains

Mill Creek is a nice 10 site campground along Mill Creek in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The campground is 7 miles from the town of Sheridan. Note that the sign in Sheridan says the campground is 6 miles away, however it is 6 miles to the forest boundary, then another mile to the campground. The campground features 2 double vault toilets and two hand pump wells for water. This is a well shaded campground due to the large fir and pine trees. In the mile between the forest boundary and the campground about 6 marked primitive campsites can be found as well. Between the 2nd and 3rd campsites is a short trail leading to a large group fire ring with four benches circling it. All the campsites have a picnic table and fire rings. Each site has a large parking area that can easily fit two vehicles. This is grizzle bear territory, food must be stored in your car or the provided bear proof foot locker at the campground.

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.

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 ⛺!

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  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.

Nice spot to rest

Nice stopping point between Glacier and Yellowstone. It was quiet and beautiful. The creek is fun to play in! The only negative was all the mosquitos! It was only $5 per night so it was worth it!

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.

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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


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.

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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.

Primitive Group Use Area with no development except a vault toilet

Quigley Group Use Area use to be called McDonald Pass Group Use Area, and the names can be confusing as the old entrance still has a sign saying“McDonald Pass Group Use Area” The new and current entrance list the area as Quigley Group Use Area. What ever name you call it, this is a primitive group use area. You will find one vault toilet for the area and that is about it. Their is a loop for the group use area that at times is paved, but most is a dirt two track. Most of the pull offs in the area have become overgrown. You will not find any metal fire rings, several rock rings have been built. Their are no picnic tables here to use. The site has no water or trash service. The closest water will be at Cromwell Dixon Campground which you will need to drive to as it is two far to walk to. So if you have a group planning on using this site be prepared to bring everything except a toilet. Finding information about this group use area is hard as the Helena National Forest web page does not have anything listed for it. What I was able to find out is that the site is currently free, but the Forest Service has proposed that the fee go to$50 for the site. I stayed here about 8 years ago during a Boy Scout camp. During our stay we cleaned up the tree debris in the area, but since then the parking pads that we used have almost disappeared. This group use area is really suffering from lack of use and maintenance.

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.

Camp and fish at a beautiful mountain lake

Helena National Forest's Park Lake Campground sits next to the beautiful Park Lake. A day use areas sits along the east side of the lake. The campground sits above the lake and features 22 campsites with metal fire rings and picnic tables. The campground is paved with paved parking pads. The campground has two vault toilets(a third one sits at the entrance to the campground in the day use area). Water is available from two hand pumps in the campground. This is a very nice campground with the sites nicely spread out from each other. The kids will love all the large boulders to climb on. Unlike a lot of other forest service campground that are off the beaten path, you will still get cell service at Park Lake since you sit on a high spot in the area. The lake provides fishing for Arctic Greyling, and Cutthroat trout. The lake is open to non-motorized watercraft. Follow the speed limit on the way up to the campground as the road can be very bumpy.

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Have a quiet unplugged night at Kading Campground

If you are looking for a quiet campground away from electronic distractions then this campground is for you. Kading Campground is located along the upper Little Blackfoot river at the end of Little Blackfoot road. Being at the end of the road and located along the river you will have a nice quiet night as the only vehicle traffic with be those vehicles travel to the campground of near by trail head. Kading Campground has 11 sites, each site has a picnic table and metal fire rings. The campground has two vault toilets. Water is available at Kading Cabin located across the road from the campground entrance. A small public corral is located across the road from the campground, and there are two horse watering troughs in the campground. A trail head at the end of the road can be reached from a short trail at the end of the campground. The trail follows the Little Blackfoot river. A five mile hike leads to Blackfoot meadows a popular fly fishing location. The campground has been recently cleared of its beetle killed trees making the campground much more open than it used to been, but this is still a nice quiet campground to visit.