Coal Banks Landing
|Last Price Paid:||$10|
Zamia Ventures would stay here again
“Remote camping directly on the Mighty Missouri”
Reviewed Jun 30, 2018
Where else can you park directly on the river for $10/night? There are not many choices for camping along the Missouri in the Great Falls / Fort Benton area, but Coal Banks is really a great option. Although managed by the BLM, the campground is most similar to a nice national forest campground. There is a small number of designated sites -- only 3 RV sites and an unknown number of tent sites. Sites are quite level, with picnic tables and fire pits. There is a vault toilet, and a small cabin/office with information and -- get this -- FREE WIFI on the porch. There's no service on any carrier in the campground, as far as we could tell. Water was also NOT available during our visit, so come prepared with all your water.
The big draw of the campground is that it is right on the Missouri River, with excellent wildlife viewing and fishing opportunities. There is a boat launch right in the campground that is used by many of the local outfitters to launch multi-day boat trips through the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument, and several boat groups came through for one night stays during our visit.
The best RV site is the one that backs up directly to the river, and the second best is the one on the right hand side as you enter (site 8) because it offers great privacy. There is a camp host on site, and the boat tour groups were fun but not rowdy at all. Access is down a 5+ mile gravel road from 87 with two entrances. The southern portion of the loop road was better quality but if you're towing an RV you MUST turn before a low-clearance bridge (bypass goes to the left as you approach the bridge from 87). The northern portion of the loop road to 87 was more of a washboard but still passable.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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