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This is not the correct location of Jo Bonnor Campground, this site is a maintenance facility.
I know everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to a site. I treasure seclusion, trees, and a lack of crowds/people. This site is by some beautiful water, but that’s about all it has. No trails, everything is wide open and people can really get packed in there. That being said, it’s ok for a quick weekend trip if you live in Helena. Not my first, second, or third choice tho. Lots of RV’s. Keep in mind that this is the same for all of the sites in the canyon ferry/Missouri River area. Just not for me.
Experience Camping near where Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Corps of Discovery camped at the headwaters of the Missouri river in 1805. Missouri Headwaters State Park campground is a 17 site campground located just a short distance from the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers. If you are a history buff or just want to learn about the Corps of Discovery journey then this is a must stay. Historical signs about the the Corps of Discovers stay at the headwaters of the Missouri and their journey are located through out the park. If you have never spent a night in a tipi you can do it here, just be sure to reserve it ahead of time. You can see how Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri by checking out the dug out canoe that can be found at the entrance of the campground. All the campsites have picnic tables sitting on concrete pads, and metal fire rings. Trash pins, water and vault toilets are also available. All the campsites are nice and flat. Most of the site are of good size with nice grassy areas to set up your tent, a few are a little small and cramped. All sites can be reserved. Many short hiking trails are in the park, be sure to take the short hike up to a vista to get the entire view of the headwaters area. If you like to fish you are in luck, you have four rivers to choose from, all with great fishing opportunities.
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.
Review of Duck Creek camping area
This was our second camp at Duck Creek this year with our Venturing Crew. This time we conducted a wilderness survival camp at the far opposite end of the camping area from our last camp. We constructed our survival shelters on the sand and gravel shore of Canyon Ferry Lake. We picked the shore in order to get away from the bugs. The cottonwoods and willows held plenty of little vampires looking for blood, the grassy areas had fewer mosquitoes but a recent hatch had occurred and although they didn't bite all those bugs made you thing you were being attacked. So the beach it was, it was amazing that you could walk out on the beach and not have any bugs, what a slight breeze will do. After setting up our shelters it was time to build a fire and cook dinner. Our site had a rock ring built into the sand, but we found this to be to close to the trees for our liking as the wind would blow embers into the vegetation. We built a new ring next to the water for the nigh. You will be unable to find our fire ring as any evidence of our visit was removed the next morning…Leave no trace. Their is no problem finding fire wood at duck creek drift wood is everywhere. If you want to stay at Duck Creek be prepared, this is primitive camping. No vault toilets, no water, no trash service, no metal fire rings, but you do have cell service.
Ranger review of the Firebiner from Outdoor Element.
Gave the firebinder to one of our Scouts to get a fire started, sparks up really well, she had a little problem due to how windy was, but a second try with a cotton ball covered in petroleum jelly had a fire going after three strikes. Our Scouts gave the striker five stars. The cutting blade worked well on string and fishing line, how ever we could not get through 550 para cord, and with such a small opening you are really limited on what you can cut with it. Over all everyone likes the look of the firebiner, and it held up to a weekend of use, is small and light weight and has worked well for clipping items on to packs.
There is a very generous amount of space between camp sites making this campground feel very private. I brought my dog and it was really nice to have all that space. The campground has excellent views of the Bridgers. It's a fairly shady campground, bugs weren't too bad. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table.
Nice little campground with fire pits and picnic tables. There is one pull through spot near the bathrooms and the rest are pullouts along the loop (about 6 spots total). We fit fine in a 30’ travel trailer, but we did have to get creative and make sure we parked over enough because we have opposing slides and didn’t want to block the road. There are pretty loud trains going by every once and awhile and you can hear some highway noise, but after a little bit you get used to it. Great little stopover for a couple of nights.
You almost don't realize that this area open to camping and would drive right by if it were not for a plywood sign just after crossing a cattle guard. The plywood has just a few signs on it, one listing the number of nights you can camp for. The others are the camping rules, travel restrictions and notice that spot must be occupied at night. This camping area is a mile north of Confederate Campground. When you look back up the road leading to the camping area you can notice a vault toilet in the distance. It is over a½ mile to this vault toilet down a two track road. One flat grassy camping spot can be found about half way to the toilet. This grassy spot is your best bet if you have a tent with out a crowd. The spot is on the shore of the lake with just a few young willows between you and the water. The remainder of the camping appears to happen just after the ADA vault toilet. A few more grassy spots are possible near the vault toilet, then there is a narrow section of gravel beach on which RV's turn in to a parking area. The RV's line up one right behind the other on this beach as this is the only real level place to park. No other services besides the ADA vault toilet is available so come prepared. The area has no picnic tables and any fire rings are on the beach made by previous visitors. The site does not have a boat ramp, but the gravel shore would make it easy to launch one.
In response to Adrian S, who posted similarly under another name on Google….some facts are being left out. She stated “after reading the rules about tents” the hosts tried to “extort money from them”. If they read the rules they state camp sites are for one camping unit with one tent allowed for children 17 and under. When asked about the tent they initially said it would be occupied by adults, when told them about the rules they stated there would be a ch8ld joining them….so it was dropped. In addition, we wouldn’t ask them to pay more for another adult tent, they would be asked to obtain a second site. As for stepping in front of her husband….he was speeding throughout the campsite (the two were obviously having a disagreement, but the speeds he was traveling in his anger, could have hurt someone. He did almost hit me as I tried to get him to slow down, but definitely didn’t “throw” myself in front of him….I had to move out of his way….and she wasn’t in site of the occurrence. When she came walking past I asked if that was her husband and when she confirmed it was, I told her he needed to slow down in the campground and she proceeded to start cussing at me…to which I responded “no problem, I’ll just call the Sheriff.
I normally don’t respond to criticism…if I’m in the wrong and/or true facts are stated.