Nelson Creek Recreation Area

Army Corps Of Engineers

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Nelson Creek Road
Circle, MT 59215
406-526-3411
406-526-3493
Official Website

GPS: 47.558, -106.226

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 25
Elevation: 2287 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Weboost
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

MeyersTravelJournal would stay here again

“Gorgeous Lake View!”

Reviewed Feb 01, 2018

Overall Rating

This is a very beautiful and secluded camping spot overlooking the Fort Peck Lake. As you drive in Nelson Creek Rd there are multiple roads that lead to multiple different camping spots. Each one has a concrete picnic table and fire ring. There are also vault toilets. We had good Verizon cell service with our WeBooster. It is very far from any town so make sure to stock up on supplies before camping here! We enjoyed watching gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, biking, viewing wildlife, and simply relaxing.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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webster
Minneapolis, MN
Winnebago Micro Minnie
43 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

webster would stay here again

“Beautiful, peaceful, and free”

Reviewed Feb 15, 2017

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I stayed at Nelson Creek Recreation Area on a summer weeknight, and it's perhaps the best boondocking spot I've ever been to. This is not just one campground! The main road (Nelson Creek Road) has a bunch of forks and sub-forks that bring you to individual camping areas with anywhere from one to four spots in each. So, if someone else is camping in the recreation area but not in your area, chances are you won't see or hear them. I was alone in my section, and I saw another RV in another - that was it.

There are no hookups (no power, no fresh water, no dump site) but there are a few vault toilets. There are 25 official spots (I think some people just park wherever they want though), and you can see the bright white concrete tables at each on Google Maps satellite view. In August 2016, Fork 1 had great Verizon coverage (no booster), but there was no cell service in the other forks or down by the dock/boat launch. If you're in an RV/trailer, Nelson Creek Road isn't too bad, but you might want to scope out the sub-fork roads on satellite view so you know if you should back in. The photo I uploaded was taken from the campsite at (47.566339, -106.213613). 14 day limit at the campground.

I think camping is free? There was no pay station or cost listed anywhere. VisitMT, Recreation.gov, and the Army Corps of Engineers site all don't mention any costs. Recreation.gov does not (at this time) accept reservations. There are MANY other campgrounds in the region, here's the Corps' map: http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Portals/23/siteimages/recreation/FtPeck.pdf

There are no nearby amenities. There is a pretty new rest area with running water down at 24 & 200 (20 minutes south down 24) that does have six big parking spots for RVs.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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