Monday, August 24, 2009

Cascade Campground

Near St. Regis, Montana
Season: Spring - Fall

Cascade Campground is located in the Lolo National Forest of western Montana. At 2.1 million acres of spectacular mountainous country, this forest is estimated to be the third largest National Forest in the northern region of the USDA Forest Service and contains several major tributaries to the Clark Fork River of the Columbia River Basin.

The location of this campground makes for easy access to numerous outdoor resources including the Clark Fork River with opportunities for fishing and water sports, not to mention the numerous hiking and biking trails in the forests nearby.

This is a beautifully maintained campground with approximately nine sites and one group site. Each site offers a fire ring with a grill, picnic table, parking and even chopped wood. There's potable water, two dumpsters for trash and a pit toilet.

Nearby activities include the Clark Fork River with fishing, rafting and floating. There’s even a kayak surf wave about one quarter mile upstream from the campground. Also, there’s an easy trail up to an overlook on the top of Cascade Falls, a 250’ waterfall. Along with the possibility of using the campground as a take off spot for a backpack trip up to Nine Mile Divide (14 miles).

Over night stays have a fee and groups of 10 and up cost more. There’s a self-pay station located at the information sign, day-use and parking are free with a 14-day limit on stays and all sites on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Bears don’t seem to be a significant problem yet, but they do inhabit the area. So, as always a clean campsite should be kept. However, the squirrels may make off with you lunch if you don’t pay attention.

Directions: Take I-90 to the St. Regis exit #33. Drive North on Highway 135 for 16.5 miles. There is a well-marked sign on your right.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Cascade Campground

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