NW Montana Campsites for RV Boondocking

These are the NW Montana Campsites we've occupied in our RV Boondocking Travels. The Arbitrary lines I've drawn to mark off the Southern border of the NW Quarter of the state is an East/West line through Missoula and Lewistown. The eastern boundary is a line from Big Timber through Box Elder


Seeley Lake

Big Larch Campground

Elevation: approximately 4,000'

Lolo National Forest Supervisor's Office
Fort Missoula Bldg. 24
Missoula MT 59804
406-329-3750
Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

Type of Camp: Developed Campground Fee: $10 Golden access and other interagency passes are accepted.

Number of Sites: 48 single and 2 group

Rig Size Limitations: Paved sites would accept just about any rig on the road

Road Surface: paved road and sites

Cell Signal: sufficient signal without amplfication for air card to function on verizon

Seeley Lake Montana

*A view of Seeley lake from the West side of the lake. Big Larch Campground is on the East side of the lake just to the right of this picture*

Directions: From the town of Seeley Lake, travel 1 mile north on Montana highway 83. The campground is on the west side of the highway.

How I found This Camp: I don't remember! I've been using this camp for more than ten years :)

Season/Month I Observed: mid summer Weather I experienced It's always been warm though summer thunderstorms are often a nice break.

Available Services Noted:

  • Fresh Water:
  • Fresh water is available in the campground
  • Dump Station:
  • There is a Dump station in The parking lot of Lindey's Steak House in Seeley lake $5 fee. There is also a state dump station at the rest area slightly east of the intersection of Hwy 200 and Hwy 83 if you are coming from the south, and a Forest svc. Dump station at Holland Lake several miles to the north if you are approaching from or leaving in that direction.
  • Fuel:
  • Seeley Lake
  • Medical:
  • Banking:
  • Repair Shops:
  • Grocery:
  • Seeley Lake has a small grocery
  • Hardware:
  • Ace Hardware in Seeley lake as well as a NAPA auto parts
  • WiFi:
  • Veterinarian:


Comments:

This camp gets heavy useage from the local Montana residents boating on the lake. If you want to settle in here I'd advise early to mid week arrival and get there as early in the day as possible. Finding a campsite, in the summer, if you arrive later then Thursday Morning is pretty iffy.


Seeley Lake

Clearwater River (dispersed camp site)

Elevation: approximately 4,000' (a tiny bit higher?)

Lolo National Forest Supervisor's Office
Fort Missoula Bldg. 24
Missoula MT 59804
406-329-3750
Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

Type of Camp: Dispersed Campground Fee: $0

Number of Sites: While we set up to be hoggish :) there was room for a second rig by us, andin past our camp, room for a third, relatively small rig

Rig Size Limitations: This is a full dispersed camp. The access is a little steep and sharp. I Think most motorhomes could access it, if the driver was careful. If your rig is especially low sitting, the break-over of the access could cause some high center problems

Road Surface: Hwy 83 is paved. The access road in to the camp site is a graveled dirt road

Cell Signal: sufficient signal without amplification for air card to function on Verizon

Camp along the Clearwater River in Montana

Directions: From the town of Seeley Lake, travel 9 miles north on Montana highway 83 To National Forest Road FR 552 on the west side of the highway. Drive in .3 of a mile, just across a narrow bridge. The access to the campsite is immediately on your left.

How I found This Camp: Day tripping out from Big Larch Campground

Season/Month I Observed: mid summer Weather I experienced It's always been warm thoughsummer thunderstorms are often a nice break.

Available Services Noted:

  • Fresh Water:
  • Fresh water is available in Big Larch or Seeley Lake
  • Dump Station:
  • There is a Dump station in The parking lot of Lindey's Steak House in Seeley lake $5 fee. There is also a state dump station at the rest area slightly east of the intersection of Hwy 200 and Hwy 83 if you are coming from the south, and a Forest svc. Dump station at Holland Lake several miles to the north if you are approaching from or leaving in that direction.
  • Fuel:
  • Seeley Lake
  • Medical:
  • Banking:
  • Repair Shops:
  • Grocery:
  • Seeley Lake has a small grocery
  • Hardware:
  • Ace Hardware in Seeley lake as well as a NAPA auto parts
  • WiFi:
  • Veterinarian:


Comments:

The Clearwater River flows just past the camp, just to the right out of the picture. It's a beautiful nice camp.

Usage seemed pretty active, especially on weekends. To use this camp you'll want to try to occupy it early to mid week. Later than that and you'll risk it being taken.


Libby

Bad Medicine Campground on Bull Lake

Elevation: approximately 2,367'

Kootenai National Forest Supervisor's Office
31374 US Highway 2
Libby, MT 59923-3022

(406) 293-6211

Type of Camp: Developed Campground Fee:$10
50% discount with US Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access Passes

Number of Sites: 18 sites

Rig Size Limitations: Our 30' fifth wheel just fit in. I believe a couple feet longer could squeeze in, but then it gets pretty tight.

Road Surface: Hwy 56 is paved. The access road in to the camp site is paved

Cell Signal: NO Cell Signal until Near the Idaho Border at the Cabinet Gorge Damn area.

Bad Medicine Campground Kootenai National Forest



Directions: The Bad Medicine Campground is located 25 miles south of Troy on Hwy 56 or 16 miles north of Hwy 200 from just east of Heron.

How I found This Camp: Searching on the Montana state map showed a camp area, and then we just watched for signs.

Season/Month I Observed: mid summer Weather I experienced Warm summer weather

Available Services Noted:

  • Fresh Water:
  • Fresh water is available in the camp ground
  • Dump Station:
  • Fuel:
  • Back in Libby, or on across the line into Idaho.
  • Medical:
  • Banking:
  • Repair Shops:
  • Grocery:
  • Up in Libby is all I know of for sure.
  • Hardware:
  • WiFi:
  • Veterinarian:


Comments:

There is zero cell service here. We didn't start picking up any service until we crossed over the ridge at Cabinet Gorge Damn.

Be sure to go walk the trail back toward Hwy 56 at Ross Creek Giant Cedars!

A quiet camp, though it seemed to almost fill late in the evening with overnighters like ourselves. It sits above Bull Lake which is a nice sized lake along Highway 56. There's a boat ramp at the campground and we saw quite a few fish rising in the morning.

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RV Boondocking Campsites

If your confidence is lacking to find your own genuine, full, RV Boondocking campsite, Do this.

Stay in one of the developed campgrounds. You're still boondocking. From there, make daytrips checking on Campsites using This campsite search method.

When your confidence has grown sufficient, you can start going straight there rather than the short stay in a paid, developed camp.

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