Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missoula Area Campgrounds

One of the advantages of living in Missoula is the easy and nearby access to several campgrounds and camping areas.  With emphasis on "nearby," I enjoy getting out into the wilderness as much as most anybody else, but with a home and yard and animals to care for, I sometimes must return home during a weekend campout for at least a couple of hours.
Salmon Lake (Click to open large photo)

When camping within a hour's drive, I feel more relaxed, assured that I can respond to emergent situations at home if need be, and not have to call anyone for assistance.

A few of my favorite areas (with the driving distance from Missoula also shown):

Chief Looking Glass Campground and Fishing Access, Florence, Montana (20 miles)
Restrooms and well water only. No other facilities.

Lolo RV Park and Square Dance Center, Lolo, Montana (10 miles)
Full service hookups.

Charles Waters Campground near Stevensville, Montana (27 miles)
Restrooms and well water only. No other facilities.

Beavertail Hill State Park and Campground, near Clinton and Rock Creek, Montana (26 miles)
Electrical hookups, well water, restrooms and firewood. No other hookups.

Salmon Lake State Park and Campground (48 miles)
Electrical hookups, well water, restrooms and firewood. No other hookups.

Russell Gates Fishing Access and Campground (44 miles)
Rustic restrooms and well water. No other facilities

I have linked the locations to their home pages or the Montana State Parks site for each location.  Montana State Parks now have a reservation system in place, with reservations available nine months ahead of time.

These are not all of the available campgrounds and RV parks nearby to Missoula. Not by a long shot. These are just my favorites.

You may also want to look at Jellystone RV Park, and Jim and Mary's RV Park (open all year), and Big Arm State Park on the west shore of Flathead Lake, which is about 80 miles from Missoula. Big Arm is really one of our favorites when we are able to go further away.

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