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This was my 2nd favorite spot that we visited other than the place we stayed at for the wedding. First reason it was so great was because of the seclusion due to it being on the south side of Lake Ft. Peck and away from any city. Be warned though you are pretty much on your own out here so be sure you have a full tank of gas before exploring. The 2nd and arguable more important reason I loved this spot so much was due to it being surrounded by the Hell Creek Geologic Formation which has some of the highest concentration of vertebrate fossils in the world! While it is illegal to take any vertebrate fossils you can get cool imprints of leaves and other invertebrate animals that lived right alongside the dinosaurs!
The owners were very accommodating to our weary group. We got in late, but they didn't have any problems with helping us get set up in the dark. There was a water leak at our hookup, so we didn't fully trust the water as clean.
All in all, this was a nice, inexpensive spot to settle in for the night.
Duck Creek has nice camping spots, with no hook ups, but does have picnic tables and fire pits. Close access to nice boat ramp as well as easy access areas to the water for swimming, and fishing. Adequate vault toilets in area as well.
Paid camping in area as well, which offer hook ups and showers.
We stayed in site 12, which was rated as an RV campsite, it was pull through, but the hosts said mainly they use that area of the campground for tents with the RVs across the street (RV sites 1 - 9). If you are tent camping, the upper sites are really nice and secluded (20s - 30s). RVs cannot make it to sites 20s - 30s because it is a narrow dirt road to the top.
It's dry camping - no RV hookups, but at the visitor's center they have a water fill station that is free. You can pull in and fill up your RV water tank. There is no dump station at the park, nor in Glendive, so you have to drive to Miles City or Wibaux to dump. We found a Cenex in Miles City that had a good dump station and it was free.
The sites were spacious, clean and affordable. Sites 11 & 13 had a nice view. The bathrooms were pit toilets. Very clean. No running water. Camp fires are permitted.
The camp hosts were really helpful and friendly.
We spent one day in Makoshika hiking the trails with our dog. We felt that 1 day was sufficient, but you could easily spend more time to enjoy the park, take some longer hikes, or play disc golf. The other day we took a drive to North Dakota to check out Theodore Roosevelt National Park, about an hour drive away. Well worth the drive. We stopped at Beaver Creek Brewery on the way back to the campsite and brought back a growler for around the campfire.
They said next year they plan on expanding the campsites and adding in some full hook-up RV sites and a dump station. Even without that, we plan on coming back.
I'd book in advance if you are planning on going over a weekend. The campsites were all booked when we arrived. We reserved our spot about 3 weeks prior.
wow, what a find! We had planned to travel through the area but hadn’t planned to stop—until we hit the Tourist Center at the Montana border and found a brochure for thus park. If you love geology and want a quieter less crowded and more accessible experience than the Theodore Roosevelt National Park nearby, then this place is for you! There are several campgrounds and dispersed campsites to choose from, the RV campground is small and packed and a bit barren, but the tent sites are magnificent. There are incredible canyon views from the “Pine on Rocks” campground close to the park amphitheater, but the campsites are kind of on the edge of a cliff so would not be good with kids or pets. The trails are magnificent, and you can hike to all kinds of geological wonders, even some dinosaur digs in action! However, don’t do like we did as we came in August and the heat is BRUTAL and we werent able to hike as much as we wanted. However, we were pleased that our dog was able to join us as we discovered dogs arent allowed on the hiking trails over at the National Park
Easy to access main campground, a few miles from the Visitor Center on paved road. Clean pit toilet bathrooms. Grassy with great views. Super fun, nearly complete disc golf course with baskets.
Primitive sites available for less money (Main $18, Primitive $12). Primitive sites were accessed from the main road going through the park which turns from paved to gravel, some primitive sites are on roads that are a bit rough but they are worth the drive, very private sites. All seemed to have pit toilets.
Water available at the Visitor Center.
First come, first serve. One covered group shelter available but it's hard to get in the summer. Bring everything you'll need as nothing is available here. Great perfect jumping off point for fishermen with boats. Lots of wild life.
This is a beautiful area of Montana that goes under visited and under appreciated. The campground is just as nice as you would find in one of the national parks. There are fire pits, tables, pit toilets, and the availability of firewood and water at each camping area. I was able to make my way down here in January and happened to be the only fool camping in the Montana winter when a wind storm rolled through. Regardless of the wind, this is a wonderful campground with plenty of hiking and biking extremely close to the campground.