Powder River Depot
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“Boondocking by the Powder River”
Reviewed Jul 09, 2017
This is an unmarked, informal spot just downstream of the rail bridge crossing the Powder River, just above where it enters the Yellowstone. We have a 15' Aliner folding trailer, and wouldn't take anything larger in there. There are no facilities and barely a track in there, but it was private and peaceful. There are trains that pass through at night, but because there are no crossings, they don't blow their whistles. To get there we turned North off of the (Old MT Hwy 10) frontage road west of Terry, just on the east end of the Powder River Bridge. Then we (slowly, carefully) drove down the dirt track toward the river, turned right under the rail bridge, and followed the track as far as we could go. Apparently, at one time that track continued downstream to the Yellowstone, but the Powder has eroded it away at the base of a bluff.
It is possible to access the big cottonwood flat at the mouth of the Powder. We walked it that evening. It's a rough enough access that I would only do it with a pickup camper or a high-clearance trailer. If you want to go to that flat, here's how: After passing under the rail bridge, go up the hill to the flat pasture on top. There's a stock gate--be sure to close it behind you. Head north on that road until it turns left and drops back down to the river. There's another gate (be sure to close it). Below the gate is the roughest part of the access. You may want to walk it before risking your rig. Once you get down, there's a big cottonwood flat with numerous campsites. There was one pickup camper there when we walked through on a June weekend. This is apparently BLM land, but please respect the stock fencing. Since we spent only one night, prior to visiting Terry Badlands, we didn't even try to access the flat at the mouth of the river.
Our spot below the railroad bridge was private enough, but we had to park so close to the river that we had to be careful coming and going from our trailer. There are no toilets, fire pits, water, or other services.
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