12 RV Parks near Helena, Montana
Sep 2009 - $16.00
The GOOD, the BAD, the UGLY. The GOOD...this is a relatively nice campground on a nice lake. We stayed in the overflow area with no hookups. Camping experience was fine. The BAD...the owners could use some work on their "people skills". Not real friendly and sort of short and abrupt. You get the feeling from them like "give me your money and move on". The UGLY...we rented a pontoon from them, and upon its return, were accused of doing a $1000.00 damage to it. While returning to our RV, I got to thinking about all the digital photos we took that day, and as luck would have it, we had two very good photos of that side of the pontoon while we were boarding in the morning that clearly showed the damage before the pontoon left the marina (they were dated and time stamped). The owner reluctantly looked at the photos and said he believed us. Draw your own conclusions. There are a lot of nice campgrounds and marinas around this lake, and we will not be staying at this one again. - grldst
Jun 2009 - $27.00
The park looks nice but has many problems. No cell, internet, or TV service. Surge protector shut down the power to our RV at least twice because of low amperage. Could not finish dumping gray tank because the septic overflowed. Lot we were in was down an embankment making it difficult to unhook and hitch up. Lake is beautiful but we would not stay here again. - Skittlez
May 2017 - $35.00
I'm sorry to say that this park was a huge disappointment. We arrived anticipating trees and semi private spaces, like most national parks. The sites are side by side with no separation, and not many trees. Sites were gravel with a fire ring and picnic table. There was no feeling like being in a national park at all. Proximity to the lake would, I suppose make it good for people with kids, or those fishing. - Two Travellers
May 2015 - $20.00
This is a great spot for fishermen. The campsites here are right on Hauser Lake. Campers can even rent boat slips so they don't need to take the boat out of the water when they aren't in it. The only problem here is that there are 2 campsites per space, so you are really close to your neighbors if the campground is busy. We were here during a slow period, so had plenty of space. This campground is very busy in the summer, so reservations are a good idea. Park rangers are excellent and even got us an adapter so we could hook up our hose to put water on. - Bobbi1948
Jun 2017 - $45.00
Rate was $40, but they charge an extra $5 for 50 amp. The campground is very nice but expensive for a one night stay. However the campground was pretty full, so they can charge this amount. The WiFi was terrible. - Stan1
Apr 2017 - $46.00
Average park only a mile from I-15. Dirt roads and sites mostly pull thru with full services that work well. Easy to access. Website says winter rates of $33 valid til Apr 30. When you arrive you are hit with $46 effective March 2017. To my mind its a bait and switch technique which I really dislike. I won't be back. - Kbob
Sep 2016 - $38.00
LRRV's driveways and RV sites were gravel, fairly level and long. Most were pull-thru, full-hookup sites. There were several back-in sites along the fence, I think they were electric only? There is a laundry and TV/rec room. No supplies sold except ice. The main shower/bathrooms are in the office building. Note - there wasn't a hook, shelf or seat in the individual showers; just a curtain, so you have to hang your clothes, bags, etc in the public shower area - so not much privacy. No pool. Biggest plus is LRRV fills RV propane tanks, something a lot of RV parks don't do anymore, but only at set times and on certain days. Short drive to interstate access to sites around Helena and the downtown area. - OTR-again
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Prior review still applies, but to reiterate a few points: Make sure you fill up your water in the parking lot where you register. If you have a large vehicle, you may want to shop around for the best site before committing to one. We had an end one with a good drop to into; it was pretty level once in. Fire pits, picnic tables and trash barrel at each site. When we pulled in, we were disappointed with the depressing landscape of mostly dirt and some weeds, but there was hardly anyone else around, the view was amazing, and it was very quiet except for the occasional train. Within minutes though, we were loving it. Locals walk their dogs (almost all off-leash) here resulting in more much more activity than just the campers. Excellent location for seeing the Helena sights. Loved being able to do a loop around the fairgrounds with our dogs. If you've got kids, there is a pond where children-only can fish and a great huge playground. If full, then I can imagine it feeling much more cramped. - MichelleKry
Jul 2015 - $20.00
The review of this campground is slightly distorted since we were the only campers in the park.
The campground is way in the back of the fairgrounds and a little difficult to find. Basically follow the racetrack but you will need to register at the front office first. They will turn on the electricity.
Some of the interior roads within the fairground have pot holes but the interior road within the campground is OK. All of the sites are back-ins on packed gravel. The length of the sites varies as does the electrical service. Some are 20/30 while a few are 20/30/50 amp service. The utility box was situated on the appropriate side. Half of the sites are angled on the blind side. The front office has a map indicating the length of each site and their amperage. Some sites are more leveled then others.
There is water available within the fairgrounds but not at the campground. There is no dump station within the fairgrounds. A dump station is available at the Exxon station (I-15, Exit 194).
There are two pit toilets within the campground. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table. There are no showers and no Wi-Fi. Verizon air card and cell phone worked well within the campground. There was some rail road noise at night.
The freeway was about 2 miles away and about 3 miles from town. We would come back to this campground if we were in the area. We were in a 32 foot rig. - adsaxs
Jul 2014 - $8.00
This is a Bureau of Reclamation campground along Canyon Ferry Lake. There are no hook-ups but the sites are paved and level. Reservations are accepted. The day use area is part of the actual campground and it is very busy. Prepare for a lot of boat noise as it is right on the lake. There was a host but he didn't seem to enforce the leash rules as several dogs were left off leash. The campground was average and about what we expected. Look out for low branches. Our RV was too tall for some of the trees. I asked the camp host to let the park management know so they can be trimmed before someone's roof gets damaged. - RosieandThumper
Jun 2016 - $18.00
This is one of the nicest, no hookup places that I have ever stayed at. It is located next to a dam on the Missouri river. Our site was next to the river. I would recommend it to anyone.
The road to the campground was a little difficult and required crossing on top of the dam. - mpruet
Sep 2015 - $15.00
This is the nicest campground with no services we have ever stayed at. It was immaculately clean, on the water, and there is a huge dam within sight. There is water throughout the campground , stone picnic tables and really nice fire rings all for $15 a night. Crazy!! We loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone passing through the area, but I will warn you the drive to get to it is a little steep and curvy. There is water in the campground in a few places, and the only major drawback is no dump. They really should put one in. I don't know what the noise is like when the dam is running, but since I like waterfall noise I think that would have been a plus for me. - Lee and Trace
Aug 2014 - $0.00
This is a Bureau of Reclamation campground located on the east side of Canyon Ferry Lake. The campsites are right on the lake shore and are sand or grass and shade or not--site dependent. There is no charge to use the campground and there is a clean well supplied pit toilet. It was very quiet when we camped here (during the week) and the cranes that flew in were an added attraction. - cactuslady
May 2015 - $7.00
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. - User2873
Sep 2014 - $8.00
Price is half of the full price per night with an Intra-Agency NP pass. Other discounts available. Rated a 10 based on accuracy of services. Very clean, very wide sites. Fire pits at every site and lake front views almost everywhere. Beach is clean and available in season for swimming. Fishing seems to be the big draw! Boat ramp right at the campground. No utilities, WiFi, cell coverage or TV reception. Bring your generator but only use between 7am-10pm. - Craig H
Jun 2014 - $8.00
Rate reflects senior NP pass. Wonderful BLM site with paved roads, level sites and good location. However, last 2 miles of the road to get here is dirt, but it's the Best dirt road I've ever seen! New residential property along the way and I bet it's all paved soon. Stayed here 3 nights. Very easy drive to Helena with good grocery and fuel. No phone service or TV at campsite. Sites are easy back-in with good space. - SailorGolf
Jun 2017 - $35.00
Good friendly staff that pointed us in right direction for shopping. Easy off and on to the I-15, nice width sites. - Hilary & Tony
Jul 2016 - $40.00
We decided NOT to stay here. With the previous manager it seems the park was neater and a little more organized. We stayed here last year for a month in June. This year it seemed messy and neglected. I realize this is not a complete review but since the condition was so noticeable AND increased in price it should be noted.
We chose another park that is further and only $5 more per night. - RV-Fulltimer
Jun 2015 - $30.00
Should be sued for false advertising. Very run down. Pool has been filled in, office in musty, dark building, spaces very narrow. Barely room to walk around RV with slides out. Fire pit non-functional, and a safety hazard. No water hook-up, just a hose to fill fresh water tank. Overgrown with weeds, interior roads in poor repair. - BertL
Jul 2014 - $21.00
We reserved only one night due to the negative reviews, but after being here, we regret that we didn't stay longer. All the sites have been completely redone. I could tell by the new concrete and the new trees. The sewer and the electric are on the same side. The sites are gravel and they are still not level, but it still was not that bad. The weather was cool and no mosquitoes. No WiFi, but our Verizon hotspot was super fast! Very peaceful with an occasional sound of the trains going by, but not that bad. The fitness is within walking distance. We heard about an issue with a volunteer saying that folks cannot leave pets in their RVs unattended. The front desk told us that's not true and if the volunteer has any problems, tell him to take it up with them. - BigRigFulltimer
Sep 2013 - $11.00
"Build it and they will come." The RV'rs arrive and the most commonly heard remark is: "What they heck were they thinking?" The sites are far from being level. The sites are very close (too close) and extremely tight with high cement curbs that look nice and make no functional sense. CAUTION as tripping/falling hazards are found at nearly every site. Half of the sites have water/sewer hookup on one side while the electric hookup is on the other side rendering the previously referenced campground map obsolete. It makes no sense. It is a beautiful little campground ideally located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. No bathrooms, no showers but the latrine (pit toilet) is clean and well kept. No management, no information and when calling to make a reservation, expect to leave several unanswered/unreturned phone messages. The grounds are maintained by a volunteer and the pride of ownership shows as he and his efforts has made an appreciated difference. A great campground for a short/overnight stay for those who are strong and steady on their feet. - danw1125
Aug 2013 - $11.00
We have been RV'ing a long time as I am a mid 80's retired Navy Veteran, disabled and this campground is quiet, secluded, beautiful and could be (should be) rated up there with the very best Except the bad and the ugly far out way the good. At arrival and check-in, one immediately recognizes that no one knows a thing about RV'ing. Aside from an unreadable map, the guest receives absolutely no information, not even a receipt. The campground makes up rules as they go and then does not abide by their own rules. A disabled vet was just turned away because a contractor, with two campers (in one slot) and a full utility trailer measuring about 30 feet long somehow took precedence. The park itself has an asphalt drive leading in and around the park. Half of the park (in the rear) is designated tent and dry camp made up of rocky gravel and mowed weeds separated by a drainage area and no showers. The other half is two gravel rows (roads) with unleveled, gravel sites. The first row is 50 amp, the second row is 20/30 amp. If you require 50 amp, good luck because the 50 amp slots are assigned to trailers requiring just 30 amps. The 50 amp sites are smaller than the 30 amp sites and the "islands" between the sites leave 4 or maybe 5 feet between you and your neighbors slide. The great big,boat anchor of a picnic table between you and your neighbor is useless because the slides hang over the picnic table bench. Between each site is an "island" containing two trees, red rock gravel, a small cement pad and a huge cement picnic table. The island is bordered by a short cement retaining wall which presents serious safety concerns for us seniors and those with balance/mobility issues as it poses a real threat when entering and exiting the RV. My 91 year old wife did take a hard fall and became stuck between the RV and that monstrous retaining wall. The "slots" between the islands are small leaving little room for basement hatches to safely clear retaining walls. The retaining walls are so high and the sites are so out of level that the handling of black water becomes an uphill battle. The sites are no where close to level . Some rigs have jacked up and set down on cement patio blocks. My electric hookup was on the wrong side as is the case of many of the sites. So, we have water and sewer on one side and a shared electric panel with cords on the other and unuseable picnic table. As I checked out, I was charged $800 for "winter rate". We arrived in August? We stayed five weeks and I'm still waiting for my promised refund. Ft. Harrison, a secluded, quiet and beautiful location. It is unmanaged and recommended only for a short, overnight stay. - cwo2rpete