When we leave the Big Pine Fishing Access campground and continue our westward journey on I-90 I keep my eyes open for an improved campground, meaning one with pavement, water, garbage, tables, firepits. We don’t need electricity or sewer so I’m not looking for THAT level of improvement, but we need something out of the mud.
It isn’t long before I spot a sign advertising a forest service campground called Sloway. Sloway is in the Lolo National Forest and it is indeed an improved campground. Being a national agency we will get half off the going rate. Considering the retired, white-haired old lady I have become, that suits me fine!
I pull in, sign us up for a night just to see how it goes before committing to anything longer than one night. We are in campsite 15.
This campground is chockfull of offerings. It has a picnic area, a launching area for canoes, kayaks, and rafts, a horse camp (which has it’s own entrance up the road), a section for large RVs with 7 pull-thru sites, 20 tent/car sites all with tables and fire rings. There are several vault toilets, 2 garbage collection sites, a recycling area, water spigots, and a camp host. $10 per night, half that with senior pass. It’s right off the freeway, but traffic isn’t bothersome. There is also a train that rolls through several times a day/night across the river, but I am either getting used to those sounds or going deaf. Not sure which it is. What’s that, you say? 🙂 Lots of pines for shade.
We end up staying three days total, and you know what? I didn’t take any photos! The old lady is losing it I guess!A
Before we get out of Montana we stay one night in another USFS campground called Cabin City. Much smaller than Sloway in the way of offerings, but has the basics: 2 loops of 12 sites each, tables, firepits, water, garbage, vault toilets. It’s a pretty campground, but not so pretty getting there. We drive past some drop-dead gorgeous homes and then at the turn to get to Cabin City, some pretty darn dumpy places. All is well though, once you are in the campground. We saw a wild turkey sneaking through the undergrowth on one of our walks. As in all of Montana, it’s bear country so keep your food inside your vehicle.
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Shawna
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