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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!
This is a similar spot to other areas located around the reservoir in that it is wide open giving you that fantastic Montana Big Sky feeling. During the week there's hardly anyone up here so there's a good chance you won't have any neighbors. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. There are also vault toilets nearby and a fish cleaning station!
This is one of the best places to take in that Big Sky that Montana is famous for! The combination of the rolling hills that seem to go on forever and the reservoir make this a great spot to camp! There are tons of opportunities to recreate in so many different ways! At most of the grassy camping peninsulas you can launch your boat or SUP right into the water! There are places where you can get some solitude and other places that are fit for a reunion or weekend party/getaway!
Now getting to the actual campsites. Most of them are relatively primitive with only a few fire rings and picnic tables scattered about. The grassy peninsulas are also not really split into individual campsites and it feels more like a camping field. This means that if its busy your neighbors will likely be right on top of you if you can't get one of the isolated spots. There are vault toilets near most of the spots along with running water at the day-use areas. Another great thing about these spots is the presence of a great fish cleaning station! To get cheap gas and food head into the nearby town of Glasgow which will be at least $1 cheaper per gallon than the marina pumps
This is a primitive campground in the American Prairie Reserve. It seems to be a relatively unknown place and we were the only people in the campground for the night (there are 6 tent sites and 7 RV). It was about 40 miles of high-quality gravel road to get here. Near the campground, there is a research HQ for the reserve which is not open to the public and otherwise we didn't see anyone else the entire time.
Tent sites are walk-in and and on platforms, which you are required to use. This means if you have two tents like us, you'll need two sites. You tie the tents down to lashing points on on the side of the platform. Each site has a fire pit, picnic table and there is a community covered picnic area and fire pit as well. Free firewood is available next to the toilets. There are vault toilets and non-potable water sources in the loop. The walk-in is only about 15-50 yards, depending on the site. From the campground, there is a small auditorium and nature trail available. Bugs were pretty bad the night we were there, so we didn't try much of the nature trail.
Everything felt new and almost unused, like the campground had just opened. The toilets were only okay in cleanliness, the main reason I took off a star. It was a fantastic experience for the kids. A buffalo herd roamed the area and even through the campground at night and in the morning. Prairie dog towns were all over. It was one of our most memorable camping experiences but definitely come prepared since nothing is available on site or nearby. Many of the roads in the preserve are in pretty primitive shape so 4WD is recommended to get around the preserve, but you want need it to access the camp site. We had a big windstorm come through during the night, so lash down carefully!
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.
located just a quarter of a mile from the scenic overlook is a road that looks step to the lakeside of the road. If you follow it around you will find many spots to camp. We chose a spot that was slightly muddy but just enough that it was soft to sleep on. We brought a canoe and carried it to the bank of the lake. we found enough rocks around to have a perfect fire pit as well. The road is gravel and is easy to travel with a vehicle that is a good distance off the ground.