"We're looking forward to a great summer season, state parks offer some of the best camping sites in Montana," said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator for Montana State Parks. "We're excited to continue the success of our new reservation system that is only in its second year. It makes camping less stressful by allowing families to plan in advance."
Start dates for reservations booked online or by phone are for the peak season which starts Friday, May 25 of Memorial Day weekend.
Twenty of Montana's State Parks are available through the campsite reservation program with 12 of the 20 parks featuring electric hookups. There are more than 500 sites in total to reserve, including several yurts, cabins and tipis.
Montana State Parks reservation campsites: Bannack, Beavertail Hill, Big Arm, Black Sandy, Brush Lake, Cooney, Finley Point, Hell Creek, Lake Mary Ronan, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Logan, Makoshika, Missouri Headwaters, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake, Thompson Falls, Tongue River Reservoir, Wayfarers, West Shore, and Whitefish Lake.
Basic campsite costs: $15 dollars per night for residents and $23 dollars per night for non-residents during peak spring/summer season. To reserve a campsite online or by phone is $10. Montana seniors and residents with disabilities are to contact the call center for accommodations and special rates.
Spontaneous campers are not left out as each park holds back approximately 25% of their campsites outside of the reservation program, for traditional first-come, first served camping visits, which are available starting May 1.
To make a reservation, visit: stateparks.mt.gov
The campsite reservation program launched in March of 2011 and saw more than 7,500 campers making their reservations through the new program during the 2011 spring/summer season (March - September).
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