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CAMPGROUND NAME: Benchmark

VISIT DATE: 08/08/1998

UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017

STATE: Montana

REGION: Northern

RANGER DISTRICT: Rocky Mountain

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Augusta

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Augusta, MT, take County Rt. 435 for 0.3 miles to Fishing
Access, Bean Lake sign (Eberl St.).  Turn right onto Eberl St.
(which becomes Laurel St. almost immediately and then Forest Rt.
235) and go 14.7 miles to a "Y" intersection.  Bear left
(following Benchmark sign) and go 15.4 miles to Benchmark
campground sign.  Turn left and go 0.3 miles to campground.

NOTE: Starting with Eberl St., all but 0.3 miles is dirt.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 5,300 ft.

The campground is located on Wood Canyon Ford in the Sawtooth
Range of the Rocky Mountain Front Range in a variety of conifers
and Aspen, which provide all sites with shade.  The campground is
pack it in, pack it out and composed of three spurs, two of
which have feeding troughs for horses (stock) at most of the sites.  
All sites have spacious parking aprons for RVs or tow vehicles with
horse trailers.  At the time of our visit, many of the sites were
occupied by equestrian campers with their horses.  Although the
drive into the campground is long, it is scenic.  It is located
near Scapegoat Wilderness.

The campground is located in bear country; practice safe food
storage techniques.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open Memorial Day weekend through November 30; no services 
between Labor Day and November 30 - weather dependent

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $6 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 25
   
   Total Sites: 25

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

No. Tables on Sites: 25
No. Grilles on Sites: 25
Equestrian Camping: Yes

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 50' X 33'

Comments:
The parking aprons are grassy and very wide.

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

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots: 2
  No. Threaded: 0

Comments:
The water spigots are hand pumps.

WATER SPORTS - None

HIKING
Straight Creek Trail #212 (horse & foot) - 15.2 miles (provides
access to a network of trails to include the Scapegoat
Wilderness)

FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Cave Mountain VISIT DATE: 08/06/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/21/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Rocky Mountain NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Choteau RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Choteau, MT, take US Rt. 89 north 4 miles to Teton Pass Winter Sports Area/Eureka Forest Reservoir signs. Turn left at signs and go 22.8 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.4 miles to campground. NOTE: Last 5 miles are gravel and dirt. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,200 ft. The campground is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains along the shore of the North Fork of the Teton River with some sites overlooking the river. Aspen and fir provide shade for most of the sites. This is a nice little pack it in, pack it out campground with delightful views of the Sawtooth Range. The sites are well separated providing some privacy. Four campsites have hitching rails with feeding troughs for equestrian campers. Just west of the campground is Nature Conservancy land and famed dinosaur, fossil rich Montana Badlands. Contact the Museum of the Rockies (406) 994-6618 for information. There are hitching rails and feed troughs at the Middle Fork of the Teton trail head. 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 - weather dependent RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $6 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: Yes RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 45' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and gravel. There is a RV waste station, with no potable water, available in back of the City Campground in Choteau, MT. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Wading is possible in the North Fork of the Teton River. HIKING Middle Fork of the Teton River Trail #108 (foot & horse) - 17.6 miles - provides access to trail network and the Bob Marshall Wilderness FISHING Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Cutthroat is catch and release.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Crystal Lake VISIT DATE: 08/12/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Judith NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Lewistown RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Lewistown, MT, at the intersection of US Rts 191/87 and State Rt. 200, take US Rts. 191/87 south 9.8 miles to Forest Access sign (Crystal Lake Rd.). Turn left onto Crystal Lake Rd. (gravel) and go 5.1 miles to an intersection. Turn left (staying on Crystal Lake Rd.) and go 3.8 miles to another intersection. Turn left, continuing on Crystal Lake Rd., and go 12.5 miles to campground. NOTE: Crystal Lake Rd. varies from a narrow two-lane road to single-lane. The last 5.7 miles are paved. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,700 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and located near Crystal Lake in the shadow of Mt. Harlow in a delightfully thick stand of spruce. Sites are large, secluded and widely spaced. However, it is the thick vegetation that provides good to excellent privacy between campsites. The campground is attractive with several hiking trails and although the picturesque lake, well suited for canoeing, is within a short walk, none of the camp sites have a view of the Crystal Lake. This is an excellent family campground not only because of the lake, but also the large network of trails. A pipe at the campground's entrance provides some excellent drinking water. This is bear contry; practise safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open from June 15 through Labor Day. 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): 28 Total Sites: 28 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 28 No. Grilles on Sites: 28 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 40' 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: 3 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Crystal Lake is a natural lake, 100 acres, and shallow with a muddy bottom. The lake is seasonal and will be low in late summer. Power boats are limited to electric motors. HIKING Crystal Lake Loop Trail #405 (foot) - 1.75 miles Jack Milburn Trail (wheelchair friendly) Uhlorn Trail (Ice Caves) #493 (foot & horse) - 3 miles - accesses the ice caves (another 5 miles) on the Snowy Crest. FISHING Rainbow Trout (stocked)

CAMPGROUND NAME: Dry Wolf VISIT DATE: 08/10/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Judith NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Stanford RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Stanford, MT, take US Rt. 87 north 1.2 miles to Forest Access sign. Turn left at sign and go 4.3 miles to "Y" intersection. Bear right at intersection and go 15.7 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. NOTE: All but first mile is gravel and dirt and last 8 miles is single-lane. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,900 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and located along Dry Wolf Creek among meadows, spruce and fir trees. This is a scenic and tranquil destination campground and was a Kiwanis Club project in 1930. In 1937, it was improved by the WPA. The campground reflects all these influences plus improvements made by the Forest Service during the 1960s and 2006. The Bandbox Mountain surrounds the campground where marine fossils can be found. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day 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): 25 Total Sites: 25 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 25 No. Grilles on Sites: 25 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 18' X 45' 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: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water is spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Wading in Dry Wolf Creek is possible. HIKING Dry Wolf Trail #401 (foot & horse) - 2.5 miles 1 mile access to Silver Gulch Trail #402 (foot & horse) - 4 miles FISHING Hybrid Cutthroat trout (catch & release) Wheelchair friendly (WCF) access to two WCF fishing platforms a few thousand feet from campground on Dry Wolf trail.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Grasshopper Creek VISIT DATE: 08/14/1998 UPDATE DATE: 4/1/2010 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: White Sulphur Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: White Sulphur Springs RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From White Sulphur Springs, MT, take US Rt. 12 east 6.4 miles to "Access" sign (Forest Rt. 211). Turn right at sign onto Rt. 211 (dirt) and go 4 miles to "T" intersection. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,700 ft. Grasshopper Creek flows through the campground with sites among thick stand of conifers; the creek can be heard throughout campground. It is pack it in, pack it out and a few sites look out onto grassy hillsides. The interior road is a "tear drop" shape making it difficult for some RVs to circle the campground. There are raspberry bushes all over the campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Thanksgiving. No water provided from about October 1 through Thanksgiving. 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: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 12 No. Grilles on Sites: 12 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 48' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt. Besides being "tear drop" shaped (see General Comments), the interior road is narrow and rough in places. An RV waste station, with potable water, is available for a fee at Conestoga RV Park (private) in White Sulphur Springs located on South Ave. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Horse Park Trail #723X (foot, horse & mountain bike) - 2 miles Richardson Creek Trail #717 (foot, horse & mountain bike) - 6 miles (provides access to network of trails) FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Home Gulch VISIT DATE: 08/08/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Rocky Mountain NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Augusta RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Augusta, MT, take Manix St. west (toward Gibson Reservoir) 3.7 miles to Gibson Reservoir sign. At intersection, turn right and go 16.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. NOTE: At some point, Manix St. turns into Forest Rt. 108. At the intersection, the road turns into dirt for 15 miles, then becomes paved for 1.8 miles to the campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 4,580 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and stretches along the North Fork of the Sun River between two towering cliffs. Most sites overlook the river and are shaded by Aspen and Alder trees. The interior road is narrow. The nearby Sun Canyon Lodge offers laundromat, hot showers, trail rides and a cafe full of local (stuffed) wildlife. This is bear country, practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through November 30; no services from Labor Day through November 30 - weather dependent RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $6 per day 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: Yes 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: 14.5' X 45' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. A challenging RV waste station, with potable water, is available for a fee across from the campground at the Sun Canyon Lodge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigots are hand pumps. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Wading possible in the North Fork of the Sun River. HIKING - No FISHING Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Jumping Creek VISIT DATE: 08/14/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: White Sulphur Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Neihart RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Neihart, MT, take US Rt. 89 south 17.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.3 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,800 ft. NOTE: Campground may be closed for reconstruction during summer 1999; check with Ranger District. The campground, located well back from US Rt. 89 on Sheep Creek, is pack it in, pack it out. Some sites overlook the creek and most are nestled under mature spruce trees. Comfortable is one description for this campground, but there is little understory providing minimal privacy between sites. The campground is convenient for travelers on US Rt. 89. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Thanksgiving. No water provided from about September 15 through Thanksgiving. 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): 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: 11.5' X 45' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and gravel. An RV waste station, with potable water, is available for a fee at Conestoga RV Park (private) in White Sulphur Springs located on South Ave. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No Comments: There is an undesignated, maintained trail in back of campground. FISHING Brook and Rainbow Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Kings Hill VISIT DATE: 08/14/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: White Sulphur Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Neihart RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Neihart, MT, take US Rt. 89 south 7.9 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and then immediate right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,400 ft. NOTE: Campground may be closed for reconstruction during summer 1999; check with Ranger District. The campground, pack it in, pack it out, is located on top of Kings Hill Pass in a thick stand of conifers just off US Rt. 89, adjacent to Showdown Winter Recreation Area. From the campground, drive up to the manned Porphyry fire lookout tower for some great views of the valley below. In fact, given no fear of heights, one can climb the tower for even better vistas. The campground is convenient to the Kings Hill West and Kings Hill East mountain bike network of trails - contact the Kings Hill Ranger District Office for maps and details. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 15 through September 15 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): 17 Total Sites: 17 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 17 No. Grilles on Sites: 17 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 19' X 35' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and gravel. An RV waste station, with potable water, is available for a fee at Conestoga RV Park (private) in White Sulphur Springs located on South Ave. 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 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No Comments: See General Comments FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Logging Creek VISIT DATE: 08/11/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Belt Creek NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Great Falls RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Great Falls, MT, take US Rt. 89 south 3.2 miles to State Rt. 227. Turn right onto Rt. 227 and go 5 miles to "Y" intersection. Bear left at intersection toward Stockett, MT and go 8.7 miles (past Stockett) to another "Y" intersection. Bear left onto Evans-Riceville Rd. (dirt and gravel) and go 15.4 miles to still another "Y" intersection. Bear right (single-lane dirt and gravel with turnouts) and go 4.4 miles to Logging Creek campground/Forest Rt. 839 sign. Turn right onto Rt. 839 and go 2.2 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. ALTERNATIVE (not recommended for RVs): From Monarch, MT, take US Rt. 89 north 3 miles to "Forest Access" sign (County Rt. 427). Turn left (tight turn) onto Rt. 427 and go 11.2 miles to "Y" intersection and Logging Creek campground sign. Bear left and go 2.2 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. NOTE: Much of this alternative route is single-lane without turnouts, dirt, steep and very rocky. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 4,500 ft. The campground stretches along Logging Creek between limestone cliffs and conifer-covered mountain sides. Many sites are adjacent to the creek with the sound of the creek heard throughout the campground. This is a very picturesque location away from it all. At the far end of the campground one can easily access the creek which is well suited for children (and adults) to play. Sites without grilles do have stone fire pits. The closest town is actually Monarch, MT. Great Falls is displayed as the closest town because it is the safest starting point to access the campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Thanksgiving. No water provided after September 15. 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): 25 Total Sites: 25 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 25 No. Grilles on Sites: 20 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14.5' X 54' 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: 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigots are hand pumps. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Wading is possible in Logging Creek. HIKING - No FISHING Brook and Rainbow Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Many Pines VISIT DATE: 08/14/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Belt Creek NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Neihart RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Neihart, MT, take US Rt. 89 south 2.7 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,900 ft. NOTE: Campground may be closed for reconstruction during summer 1999; check with Ranger District. The campground stretches along US Rt. 89 and Belt Creek in a stand of mixed conifers (Spruce, Lodgepole and fir). There are a couple trails (Memorial Falls, for example) north of campground on US Rt. 89. Some sites are next to Belt Creek. Convenient location for campers traveling along US Rt. 89. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Thanksgiving. No water provided after September 15. 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): 22 Total Sites: 22 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 22 No. Grilles on Sites: 21 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 51' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt, gravel and grass. An RV waste station, with potable water, is available for a fee at Conestoga RV Park (private) in White Sulphur Springs located on South Ave. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING Brook Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Mortimer Gulch VISIT DATE: 08/08/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Rocky Mountain NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Augusta RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Augusta, MT, take Manix St. west (toward Gibson Reservoir) 3.7 miles to Gibson Reservoir sign. At this intersection, turn right and go 21.8 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. NOTE: At some point, Manix St. turns into Forest Rt. 108. At the intersection, the road turns into dirt for 15 miles, then becomes paved for 6.8 miles to the campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,000 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and composed of two loops - upper and lower. It was reconstructed, summer 1998. The upper level was under construction at the time of the authors' visit. The lower loop has lots of Aspen, while Douglas fir are more prevalent in the upper loop. Gibson Reservoir is nearby. Gibson Lake Bar and Grille, also close, for a "cook's" night out. This is bear country practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through November 30; no services from Labor Day through November 30 - weather dependent 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): 26 Total Sites: 26 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 26 No. Grilles on Sites: 26 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 48' 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: 4 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Gibson Reservoir is 1,296 acres. Primitive boat ramp is 0.5 miles from campground and is accessible ONLY to 4X4 tow vehicles. HIKING Mortimer Gulch #252 - 7 miles North Fork of the Sun #201 - 17.5 miles Both trails are foot and horse and access the Bob Marshall Wilderness. FISHING Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Spring Creek VISIT DATE: 08/15/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Musselshell NEAREST CITY/TOWN: White Sulphur Springs RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From White Sulphur Springs, MT, take US Rt. 12 east 26.3 miles to Spring Creek campground sign (Spring Creek Rd./Forest Rt. 274). Turn left onto Spring Creek Rd. and go 4.1 miles to another Spring Creek campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.3 miles to campground. NOTE: Spring Creek Rd. turns into gravel and dirt after 2.1 miles. It is mostly single-lane with turnouts and level. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,300 ft. The campground is located adjacent to Spring Creek among Cottonwoods, Ponderosa, Juniper and Aspens in a riparian environment. The understory is grass with a thick growth of wild roses providing privacy between sites. At least one site overlooks the creek; lots of shade, nice family campground. A visit to the Charles M. Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale, MT, about 7.6 miles east off US Rt. 12, is a pleasant day trip SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through December 1 - weather dependent RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $7 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: 17' X 35' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and gravel. An RV waste station, with potable water, is available for a fee at Conestoga RV Park (private) in White Sulphur Springs located on South Ave. 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 however, it has not been a reliable water source. Forest Service recommends bringing drinking water. The only wheelchair friendly vault is located at site 8. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Spring Creek is very good for wading. HIKING Spur to East Fork of Spring Creek (multi-use) - 1.5 miles - access to East Fork of Spring Creek Trail #608, which is 15.5 miles. FISHING Brook Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Summit VISIT DATE: 07/25/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2017 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Rocky Mountain NEAREST CITY/TOWN: East Glacier Park RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From East Glacier Park, MT, take US Rt. 2 west 11.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,200 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and straddles the Continental Divide in the shadow of Summit Mtn. It is composed of two unnamed loops among conifers with abundant wild flowers scattered throughout the understory. The St. Mary Glacier National Park entrance is 42 miles east on US Rt. 2, while the West Glacier, MT entrance is 46 miles in the other direction. The campground is adjacent to Memorial Square which celebrates Theodore Roosevelt (with a miniature Washington Monument) and the Blackfeet people. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day - weather dependent. 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): 17 Total Sites: 17 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 17 No. Grilles on Sites: 17 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 20' X 33' 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: 3 No. Threaded: 1 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Summit Cutoff #133 (foot, horse & mountain bike) - 3 miles Trail accesses the Continental Divide and is open to ORV/ATV from July 1 through April 1. FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Thain Creek VISIT DATE: 08/07/1998 UPDATE DATE: 2/10/2014 STATE: Montana REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Judith NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Great Falls RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Great Falls, MT, take US Rt. 89 east 3.3 miles to Highwood/State Rt. 228 sign. At sign, turn left onto State Rt. 228 and go 13.9 miles to stop sign. Continue straight onto gravel and dirt roadway, following Thain Creek signs, and go 10.1 miles to "T" intersection. Turn right, following Thain Creek signs, and go 7.2 miles to "Y" intersection. Bear left and go 1.1 miles to Recreation Area sign. Continue straight another 0.3 miles to campground. WET WEATHER ALTERNATIVE: Continue on State Rt. 228 north to Highwood, MT. Follow signs to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 4,700 ft. The campground is pack it in, pack it out and located on a hillside above Thain Creek among Lodgepole pines and Aspen. Two trail heads and seveeral walk-in sites make the campground attractive to the tenter. Wide, level parking aprons are well suited for RVrs. Some sites overlook the creek. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 26 through November 15 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $5 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 4 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15 Total Sites: 20 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 20 No. Grilles on Sites: 20 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 22' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and grass. 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: Wheelchair friendly vault is located site 3. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Briggs Creek Trail #431 (foot) - 3.5 miles Windy Mountain Trail #454 (foot) - 3 miles These two trails form a 6.5 mile loop trail FISHING Rainbow and Brook Trout




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