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This was down a gravel road situated by the I94 bridge over the Bighorn River. We took what looked to be the main site with picnic table and fire ring. There may have been more sites especially under the bridge. There was a small but clean vault toilet but no garbage. Thankfully, the traffic on I-94 is light so the noise was negligible. We had a view of the river nestled against the ubiquitous cottonwoods. The site is free. We were there in late September 2020 in a pop up truck camper.
We stayed here one night while traveling on Highway 12. This is a city park in Roundup, a small town along with a string of smaller towns along Highway 12. It is called Cow Bells
The cost is by donation that you place in a pay station near the entrance. There are flush toilets, a little dated but clean and functioning. There is a dumpster for your trash near the restrooms. I believe this is the campground for the Musselshell Rodeo.
The sites are spread out with picnic tables. You are sheltered by huge cottonwoods. While it was windy while we stayed, none of the branches fell. We were there mid September when the cottonwoods turn gold.
This was a godsend to us as we tried Deadman’s Basin but there were signs warning of rattlesnakes. Also, there was little shade there. There are few other public places to camp and in this part of Montana there is little public land.
A few miles off of the highway and you will find this nice camping area along the Yellowstone River. Very windy the day we were there, but the campsites were nice with fire rings and the scenery was exceptional. This is close to Pompey’s Pillar(which is currently closed for repair), and the Little Bighorn battlefield. Also not far from Billings.
We tent camped at this rustic park mid-week in August and had the entire place to ourselves! (Minus the cows). This park and lake are located about 20 miles East and South of Winnett, and state managed. Use is free, first come first served, I think. No cell service, and GPS got us a little lost getting there, but a local helped us out.
There are at least 7 dedicated sites there on the North side of the lake, that each are sort of "pull-though." They would be perhaps too small for anything larger than a teardrop or really short RV, and no power or water hookups. Each had a nice cement picnic table, and some tables had a really nice roof structure over them. I think every site had it's own fire ring. We found some fallen branches to burn, but otherwise no wood on site. There is a nearby primitive boat launch, and one pit toilet shared by all. I can't recall if there was a hand pump for water.
The reservoir was fairly low when we were there, and the site was by no means lush, but for a quick overnight it was perfect! Fish in the lake seemed active in jumping about. We read there are walleye, pike and perch. The rustic roads surrounding the lake were great for a walk and some night mountain biking. We also had some free range cows nervously come through the site, which was really novel to us Minnesotans. Proceed with Care - Cattle at Large!
About as close to desolate and isolated as your going to find. Fishing can be good but no shelter and you could bring in a camper and set up but the road in is nothing more than a large trail. If you like wide open vistas tho you're going to love this place.
This is a really cool Montana treasure in my opinion. Lewis and Clark signed the sandstone here and its the only location of its kind. Not really a hot camping spot, but a really awesome piece of Americana and a worthwhile visit. If you are interested in Lewis and Clark, Montana has dozens of locations to visit: float the Missouri and camp where they camped, make some big life decisions at Decision Point near Loma, explore the museums at Fort Benton or Great Falls, and much more.