After I left the Crooked Tree Ranch I headed south to Darby, MT. I wanted to stop and call my sister. I try to keep in contact as much as I can to see how my Mom is doing as well. Everyone is OK.
Painted Rocks State Park
I looked on my atlas and thought that Lake Como just north of Darby might be a nice spot. It was about 6 miles off of 93 and not too far to drive. It was a beautiful setting, however the campground was completely full. Lots of campers pulling boats for fishing.
So back to the 93 and headed south again. I saw signs for the Painted Rocks State Park that was 23 miles into the Bitterroot Mountains. I have not stayed at any of the Montana State Parks thus far so thought I would check it out.
About a mile before the park you turn a corner and this is what you see.
A beautiful mountain lake. I drove another mile to the state park. The cost for camping for non-resident campers was $20 per night with an additional $5 entrance fee per day, plus there were no hookups.
Slate Creek Campground
Just about where I took the pic above I saw a sign for Slate Creek Campground so I decided to go back and check it out. It was a small campground made up of about 6 sites and right on the Slate Creek. But the best part was that there was NO FEE as in FREE. What a deal! I found a nice site and made myself at home.
Chica and I took a walk down to the creek. This creek flows into the large lake seen in the first pic.
The forest was very dense up here although we did have access to the creek.
Chica was looking out the door in the evening and saw a large deer pass by our camp about 25 feet away. I wasn’t fast enough with my camera to get a pic. However the next morning I got this pic of a doe and her fawn.
The next morning before departing, I took a ride over to the lake to get some pics.
I went down to the State Park where they had a boat landing and a dock and got this pic from the end of the dock.
I stayed at a beautiful campsite and the best part was that I was able to save $25 by not staying at the State Park. Not too shabby!
You search well, Jimbo. What a beautiful and tranquil setting!
Way to go. That free part is wonderful. Add in the creek and away from the packed campground – wonderful.
Even if you wanted to spend time at the lake….. Camp for free, then spend the $5 for day use on the day you want to play at the lake. PERFECT!!
Yeah, $25 seems a bit steep for no hook-ups. I would personally rather be on a creek anyway and free is always good. Seems like you found a great spot – very pretty.