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ED McGivern Memorial Park Campground sits on the west shore of the East Fork Reservoir. This is a small nice 10 site campground right on the reservoir. The campground is located just past the day use area on a loop at the end of the road. The 10 sites are nicely spread apart giving campers plenty of room to spread out their tents. Each site has a picnic table, metal fire ring and BBQ grill. Two vault toilers serve the area, one in the day use area and one at the south end of the campground. Water is available at a faucet near the campground vault toilet. Easy access to the reservoir all along the campground for those wishing to fish. A boat launch can be found a the beginning of the day use area. This is a small reservoir and their entire reservoir is a no wake area. Camping is$5 for tents,$10 for trailers/campers/motorhomes. Stay is limited to 14 nights. A nice quiet location to camp, but only a short 15-20 minute drive to Lewistown for any supplies you might need.
I love visiting Montana to do hiking and camping. The outdoors here is amazing!! Mountains everywhere, and wildlife everywhere!! The campground was awesome. Here are some things we liked:
- Well kept/clean- this is something that seems to be rare now a days. We liked that the restrooms were clean, and toilet paper was stocked. There are dumpsters in the campground which make it easy to clean up after yourself.
- Awesome hiking! We hiked every day that we were here. The views are amazing!! We did one hike that was 8 miles round trip, 4 miles round trip, and 6 miles roundtrip. All were amazing!
- The rangers were great! They helped us find our spot, and then tell us where some great hiking was!
- Campsites were big. This is ALWAYS a plus!! Also, the campsites have a table and fire ring. We loved using the fire rings at night to make smores!!
We will definitely be coming back! :)
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.
In the summer, you’ll want to bring or rent a boat of some kind to explore the river; there are many local outfitters. In the fall I’ve heard about the elk herds here and it’s not far from a wildlife refuge. Pros: outhouses, water (seasonally), beautiful landscape (cliffs, river, meadows), lots of water recreation, interesting (but tragic) local history, stargazing, choice of shady or open campsites, along river. Cons: bugs and mud (both seasonal).
In late October, hundreds of elk congregate in the Slippery Ann area of the park. Dozens of cars also come to watch the herd. It's a very fun time, and an amazing spectacle. It is very busy at this time of year, so that's a bit of a bummer for camping. In mid-summer, before the elk come, there are a million-zillion mosquitoes and it's not fun. Come for the elk!