12 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 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
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
Sep 2016 - $40.00
There are some trees and best of all each site has some grass. Very clean park even though there is a handful of full timers there. Staff was helpful. Excellent location. - DAV53
Aug 2016 - $37.00
Nice park. Quiet at night. Interior roads easy to navigate. They are gravel and dirt so you will get dusty. Mostly pull thru sites and the majority are plenty long enough. The sites are gravel and decently level. There is a small grassy area. There is a little shade from trees but they don't block line of sight for satellite. Biggest ding is the sites are close together so when it's full, it's crowded. And they stay pretty busy. The back in sites appear to be monthly or long term. They are gravel with very little spacing between sites and no grass. Electric worked fine but water pressure low sometimes. WI FI just okay: get dropped a lot and it can be slow. Verizon had 4g with 4 bars.
Easy drive to shopping and downtown Helena which is very accessible. Lots of hikes in the wonderful city park. Also a great farmer's market in season. There is a bike path right outside the park that is about 3-4 miles one way. We expected to be here a couple nights and stayed 2 weeks. We would return. - Free
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Easy to locate off of I-15. The roads are wide and easy to navigate. We did receive a 10% discount (AAA) but then they charged us an extra $3.00 for the 50 amp even though all sites have 30 and 50 amp. It wasn't mentioned or explained on why. - SotoL-L
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
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
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
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 2012 - $5.00
We would still be here, but our fridge decided not to run well on propane and we needed to plug into electric. This is a very nicely maintained BLM campground. Wide sites that will allow 2 units (side by side) in some and ample room for other vehicles. The camp Hosts are lovely people who make sure that campers turn off their generators at 10 PM and are visible every day keeping things neat. Boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, bike and walking trails are all here. Close to Helena for trips to Walmart, Costco, etc. This is a great place to stop on your way from Glacier to Yellowstone. We will surely return. Come on a Monday or Tuesday to get a spot. This campground begins to fill on Wednesday, and by the weekend it is full. - dqcarol
Aug 2011 - $10.00
This is a wonderful spacious BLM campground located on Lake Hauser (a reservoir) on the Missouri River about 15 miles NE of Helena. Almost all the RV sites have incredible views of the lake and are gravel, very large, level, and each features a fire ring and a large picnic table. The BLM allows up to two RV's and two additional vehicles per site (yes... they're that big) for only $10 per night (as of August 2011). All sites are dry camping only with no hookups. Potable water spigots and clean pit toilets are located throughout the campground. There is no dump station in the campground, but one is located a few miles south of the campground on York Road at the Lakeside General Store. The campground has a boat dock, boat slips, a small swimming beach, paved and dirt bike trails. When we stayed here the seasonal campground hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. - Gyropilot
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 - $32.00
Rate reflects weekly stay. Park is an old, former KOA. The back section is filled with permanent residents. A new area up front has been added with pull-throughs for transients. These spaces are narrow but adequate. Park is fairly close to city amenities, good location. Current owner is trying to upgrade as he can. If you want a resort, this isn't it. If you want an economical place to stay at a good location in Helena, you can't beat it for now, and if the improvements continue, it can only go up from here. - inflt48