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CAMPGROUND NAME: Aspen Grove

VISIT DATE: 07/29/1998

UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017

STATE: Montana

REGION: Northern

RANGER DISTRICT: Lincoln

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Lincoln

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
From Lincoln, MT, take State Rt. 200 east 6.5 miles to campground
sign.  Turn right at sign, onto a gravel road, and go 0.5 miles
to campground.

NOTE: Campground entrance sign is partially hidden from view.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 4,800 ft.

The campground, composed of two loops stretching along the
Blackfoot River, is the only Forest Service campground between
Missoula and Great Falls along State Rt. 200.  Cottonwood, aspen,
juniper, Lodgepole and Douglas fir provide shade and a diverse
habitat for a variety of birds - a delightful bird-watching
location.  The understory is grass and sage.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $8 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 18
   
   Total Sites: 18

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 18
No. Grilles on Sites: 18
Equestrian Camping:  No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 18' X 45'

Comments:
The parking aprons are gravel.  There is RV waste station with
potable water available for a fee at the Conoco gas station 
in Lincoln, MT. 

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots: 7
  No. Threaded: 0

WATER SPORTS - None

Comments:
Wading is possible in the Blackfoot River.

HIKING - No

FISHING   
Brown, Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brook trout and Whitefish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Copper Creek VISIT DATE: 07/30/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Lincoln NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Lincoln RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Lincoln, MT, take State Rt. 200 east 5.8 miles to Copper Crk sign (Forest Rt. 330). Turn left onto Rt. 330 and go 8.5 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. NOTE: After 2.7 miles, Forest Rt. 330 becomes gravel and dirt. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,260 ft. This is a sweet little picturesque campground across from Snowbank Lake and along Copper Creek. The campground is one large loop with the sites located among a variety of conifers. Although Lodgepoles are plentiful, Douglas fir and spruce provide additional texture. The campground is nicely located for day trips into the Scapegoat Wilderness. This is bear country; use safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 10 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 20' X 42' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. There is RV waste station, with potable water, available for a fee at the Conoco gas station in Lincoln, MT. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Snowbank Lake is 5 acres. HIKING Snowbank Trail (multi-use) - 10 miles FISHING Cutthroat Trout in Snowbank Lake

CAMPGROUND NAME: Cromwell-Dixon VISIT DATE: 08/04/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Helena NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Helena RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Helena, MT, take US Rt. 12 west 13.7 miles to campground sign on top of McDonald Pass. Turn left at sign and go 0.5 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,260 ft. The campground is located at McDonald Pass on the Continental Divide. Some sites have scenic views of surrounding meadows, valleys and mountains. It is convenient for campers traveling on US Rt. 12. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open July 15 weekend through Labor Day RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day NOTE: Campground will be intermittently closed for hazard tree removal. Contact District Ranger office for status. Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15 Total Sites: 15 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 15 No. Grilles on Sites: 15 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 62' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 3 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No Comments: The Continental Divide Trail is about 0.25 miles from the campground. Contact the Ranger District Office for details. FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Kading VISIT DATE: 08/04/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Helena NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Elliston RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Elliston, MT, take US Rt. 12 east 0.6 miles to forest "access" sign (Forest Rt. 227). Turn right onto Rt. 227 and go 3 miles to "Y" intersection. Bear right onto dirt and gravel portion of Rt. 227 and go 9.8 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,700 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and adjacent to the Little Blackfoot River in a large stand of Lodgepole pines. It is well spread out providing good separation between sites. There is a small corral located across from the entrance to campground next to the Kading Guard Station and just below an unmarked trail. A meadow next to the Guard Station appears to be an area for spring wild flowers. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: Yes Seasonal Comment: Services are provided only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $5 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 10 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 17' X 29' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 0 Comments: Water available at Kading rental cabin, located next to campground, at GPS coord. N 46 25.783, W 112 28.817. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Wading is possible in Little Blackfoot Creek. HIKING - No Comments: There is an unmarked trail across from entrance to campground next to the Kading Guard Station. FISHING Brook Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Park Lake VISIT DATE: 08/04/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Helena NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Clancy RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Clancy, MT, take Legal Linden Lane 0.1 miles to "T" intersection. Turn right, following Park Lake sign, and go north 7.3 miles to a "Y" intersection and Park Lake sign. Bear right onto Forest Rt. 4009 and go 6.2 miles to campground. NOTE: Paved roadway becomes dirt and gravel after 3.1 miles. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,400 ft. The campground is located near Park Lake among Lodgepoles and boulders. It appears newly renovated with limited seclusion between sites. Park Lake seems ideal for canoers. There are several disbursed sites outside of campground that are primarily for tenters. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 22 Total Sites: 22 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 22 No. Grilles on Sites: 22 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 55' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigots are hand pumps. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Park Lake is 5 acres. HIKING - No FISHING Cutthroat and Grayling Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Skidway VISIT DATE: 08/04/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Townsend NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Townsend RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Townsend, MT, take US Rt. 12 east 21.4 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign (mile marker 22) onto gravel road and go 0.6 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,500 ft. The campground is composed of two loops along ridges among large, mature Douglas fir and Aspen. Some sites have scenic view of surrounding mountains. There is a nice variety of open and secluded sites. Grassy meadows throughout campground suggest a wild flower display in the spring and good wildlife viewing during the summer. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 1 through October 30. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 12 Total Sites: 12 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 12 No. Grilles on Sites: 12 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 46' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and gravel. There is RV waste station, with potable water, available for a fee at the Conoco gas station at intersection of US Rts. 287 and 12 in Townsend, MT. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump and located in the lower loop. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Vigilante VISIT DATE: 08/02/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Helena NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Helena RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Helena, MT, at the intersection of Montana and Custer Avenues, take Custer Ave. east 1.3 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left at intersection onto York Rd. and go 24.3 miles to campground. NOTE: York Rd. becomes gravel after 21 miles. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 4,400 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and located along Trout Creek with a few sites overlooking the creek. The sites are either nestled among Douglas fir and juniper or in small grassy meadows. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: Nos Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $5 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 1 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 17 Total Sites: 18 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 18 No. Grilles on Sites: 18 Equestrian camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 18.5' X 38.5' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and grass. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Hanging Valley Trail #247-248 (foot) - 12 miles Trout Creek Canyon Trail #270 (foot) - 3 miles First 0.75 miles is wheelchair friendly FISHING Brook Trout




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