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States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Red Shale Campground, Ashland, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2017
Overall Rating:      

This is a free National Forest campground just north of the highway. We stayed here on a June weekend, expecting to find lots of competition for a spot, but only 2 other parties spent the night. It's near the highway, and truck noise could be an issue, but we went to one of the farthest (northern) sites, and found highway noise not a problem. Also, that loop has some nice views to the north. There is no water available, and pit toilets only, but it's what you expect from a free FS site. Toilets were clean and well-kept. To reach the furthest sites, take the right fork when entering the campground. Watch for a big set of chuckholes about 100 yards in. We enjoyed staying here while we explored the Tongue River valley. We camped at Red Shale Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Right loop-far site
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Drive up the Tongue River from Ashland to Tongue River Reservoir, then back via Hwy 314 and Rosebud Battlefield State Park.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Cabin City Campground, St. Regis, Montana

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here in an Aliner folding trailer for 2 nights in early September while bicycling the Hiawatha. It's not far from the freeway, but quiet and uncrowded. The outhouses are the basic USFS variety and were clean. The sites are level and widely-spaced. There is a nice nature trail from the campground. Because our trailer is small we didn't explore the left-hand loop, which I believe has some spots for larger RV's. I'm sure we'll stay there again. We camped at Cabin City Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Right-hand loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is about 20 minutes drive via I-90 from the east portal for the Hiawatha, and is a good place to stay for that activity.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

East Creek Campground, Lima, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older, primitive, 4-site, old-fashioned Forest Service campground 9 miles up dirt roads from the Lima exit. We stayed in a small Aliner trailer and it took a lot of leveling. We picked the uppermost site, which required a lot of leveling, but had great views. I'd not recommend it for large RV's, but it's a great place to get away. There was only one other camper at the time, and I doubt it's ever full. Site #3 was so overgrown it took some time for us to find it, so I doubt it's ever used. Also, there are level, dispersed campsites along the last mile there that could be used, although without pit toilets. You must bring your own water. We stayed in the uppermost campsite, with great views of Lima Peaks and Mt. Garfield. The campground is free, and the only services are old, wooden pit toilets, which were in good repair and had paper. None of the sites are very level, so blocking is necessary. There is good hiking nearby on trail #40. The trailhead is at the end of the Middle Sheep Creek road, which forks off a mile or so back towards Lima. This is high, arid, mostly open country with great views and few visitors. The nearest cell service is about 8 miles back towards Lima. We camped at East Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

I wouldn't take a trailer longer than 18-20' in there. You could do it, but the road in is a bit rutted, and the campsites are pretty unlevel.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Dick's RV Park, Great Falls, Montana

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for one night in May, while visiting the Russell Museum. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's right in the middle of town, so is not a quiet, rural location. Knowing that, it's no worse than anywhere else in the middle of town, and the management has made the facility comfortable and convenient. The management was very friendly and helpful. The bathroom facilities were clean and worked well. We stayed in an Aliner popup, and used the park restrooms. We camped at Dick's RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the C.M. Russell gallery, the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center, and Giant Springs State Park.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

White Sandy Recreation Site, Helena, Montana

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

We were the only campers on the lower level of the campground for two nights. It's a nice spot, but we moved the trailer across the road for the second night because the wind is intense there in the spring. The sites on the side of the road away from the reservoir, and up against the hillside, are less windy. That made sleeping easier. The basic pit toilets were clean and well-maintained. We camped at White Sandy Recreation Site in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
lower loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Rio Chama RV Park, Chama, New Mexico

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed two nights here while riding the train to Antonito. The park was preparing to close for the season, and not all services were available. Because of Chama's high elevation, it was quite cold at night, but the restrooms were warm and the showers comfortably hot. The restrooms require that you type in a code every time you enter, to keep non-guests out. There are large cottonwoods throughout the park, and they were gold during our visit. The park isn't fancy, but it's quiet, level, comfortable, and not too closely laid out. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I'd gladly return there any time. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Hat Rock Campground, Hermiston, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived late on a very hot July evening, and paid the fee since the office was closed. We did use the restroom/showers. It's an attractive park with lots of grass and trees. The bugs weren't bad, especially considering the proximity to the river. The nearby road wasn't loud or busy, and we found the park quiet. The only problem we had, andand it was significant for us, was the bright yard light in the center of the park. Because of the heat, we had to keep the windows and curtains open for ventilation so the light was intense. We had to leave early so we didn't happen to meet the owners or check out the camp store. This is a quiet, clean, and reasonably-priced camp. I'd not hesitate to return. If one must keep the curtains open; however, avoid the glare of the yard lights. We camped at Hat Rock Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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