Subi & The 5

Beavertail State Park – Clinton, Montana

As we headed west on I-90 we stopped in Three Forks, Montana at Wheat Montana. Who can resist Wheat Montana when driving by? Well, obviously no one can. We went in, or should I say we tried to go in, but the line up to order was at least 40 people. Quite a popular place. People we packed in like sardines, a long line, all tables taken, and people waiting outside. It was a Friday, around 10:30am, and in the summer. Wow. We passed and hit the road again and headed west past Butte on to our destination. Maybe next time.

Beavertail Hill State Park is about 30 minutes or so west of Missoula off I-90. It is a perfect campground to be used either as a destination campground or an overnighter. It is easily accessible off I-90.

The sites are of varying sizes with some pull-thrus and some back-ins. Most sites offer nice site privacy. The campground sits along the Clark Fork river with access from the nature trail.

Campground: Beavertail Hill State Park
Location: Clinton, Montana
Site: 1 (back-in)
Cost: $44
Services: E (50 AMP)
Comments: A lovely small campground nestled in the woods close to I-90. Our site was a somewhat short site but nice and wide and it backed up to the woods and nature trail for nice privacy. A railroad track is nearby but didn’t bother us and the noise from I-90 could not be heard from our site. There is no dump on-site.

The nature trail was close to our site and provided a short walk through the woods, to the Clark Fork river, and around the campground. It was a lovely area.

Unbeknownst to us but the campfire ban had been lifted a few days before we arrived and we had chilly damp evenings so guess what? We had campfires!!! We had a bit of rain now and then but we sheltered under our awning near the campfire and stayed warm. It was perfect (including the hot chocolate and rum)!! The campground has a firewood vending machine that only took 16 quarters to buy a bundle of firewood. We bought 4 of them….yep, 64 quarters (and, yes, they had a machine converted paper money to quarters). I had a sore elbow after putting all the quarters in the machine! It was a fair size bundle for $4 and it burned quite nicely!!

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