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Camping at Voyagers Rest Fishing Access Site Near Worden, Montana

Location: Worden, Montana
Type: Recreation Area
Access: Interstate 94, Exit 23
Coordinates: 45.997, -108.131
Road Conditions: Gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 3 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 7 Days
Fee: $7 – $12
Amenities: Vault toilet, fire rings, picnic tables, gravel bar boat launch
Website: http://fwp.mt.gov/

Details

Voyagers Rest Fishing Access Site is a recreational site on the Yellowstone River that allows primitive camping. There are about six primitive campsites at this location (the number of open sites varies year to year).

This is primarily a fishing access site, but people do occasionally camp here as well. The sites are established and have fire pits and picnic tables. A vault toilet is located in the middle of the 20-acre site. Two roads lead from the campsite to the river, but are in poor condition and accessible only during summer months when the river is low.

The campsite is generally quiet, but there is traffic to the river. People often drive out to the river bank. Weekends can be busy with anglers, boaters, and those just heading out to the river for a bonfire or similar.

According to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks website, there is a fee of $7 per night for campers who have a fishing license, or $12 per night for those who do not. There is no sign at the site that indicates that there is a fee, nor is there a self-registration kiosk or campground host. I have camped at this site a number of times over the past 10 years and was not aware of this “fee” until looking up the FW&P website for this review.

The nearest towns are Worden (one mile west on Highway 312) and Ballantine to the south. Billings, the largest city in Montana is 26 miles to the west on Highway 312. Billings has two WalMart stores, both a Home Depot and Lowes, and numerous other services. Worden does a small grocery store and gas station, but both are open limited hours.

Directions

Voyagers Rest Fishing Access Site is at the end of 18th Road, approximately 1.5 miles north of Highway 312. Highway 312 passes through Worden to the west and Pompey’s Pillar to the west. Ballantine, four miles to the south, also has a gas station. Access from Exit 23 on Interstate 94 will take you through Ballantine.

Camping at Itch-Kep-Pe Park in Columbus, Montana

Location: Columbus, Montana
Type: City Park
Access: Interstate 90, Exit 408
Coordinates: 45.629396, -109.253261
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 3-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 10 Days
Fee: Free. Donations accepted.
Amenities: Restrooms with cold water and toilets (seasonal), picnic tables and fire rings at sites, river access, boat ramp, and dumpster for trash disposal.
Website: http://townofcolumbus.com/

Details

Itch-Kep-Pe Park is a city-operated park in Columbus, Montana. The park has approximately 30 sites for tent, van, or RV camping. All sites are dry camping only.

Itch-Kep-Pe Park is populated with large Cottonwood trees. Most sites have at least partial shade, while some sites also have grass. There are picnic tables and fire rings available at most sites as well.

The park is divided into two sections that are connected by a gravel road. Both sections are on the Yellowstone River. Visitors with larger vehicles may find the first section that is closest to the road to be easier as the sites are larger and more open. The only restrooms are also in the first section, though there may be a vault toilet available in the second section.

Since this is a city park, it is maintained regularly and is patrolled by Columbus Police Department. Summer months are the busiest time, but the park is open year-round (restrooms are closed during winter). There is usually a spike in local traffic around noon and another around dusk as boaters are leaving for the day.

Reservations are not accepted at Itch-Kep-Pe Park. All sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Columbus is a small town with a population of about 2,000. The town has a large IGA grocery store, several auto parts stores, and other basic services. The closest Walmart is 26 miles to the east in Laurel. Billings, which is about 40 miles east of Columbus, is the largest city in Montana and has two Walmart stores and numerous services.

Directions

Take Exit 408 off Interstate 90 at Columbus. Follow Highway 78 south toward Absarokee.

Highway 78 will turn twice between Interstate 90 and Itch-Kep-Pe Park. Turn right at the intersection of Old Highway 10 which is approximately 0.8 miles from Interstate 90, and then proceed on Old Highway 10/Highway 78/East Pike Avenue for 0.2 miles. Turn left to follow Highway 78. Proceed south for 0,5 miles.

Itch-Kep-Pe Park is on the east side of Highway 78 just north of the Yellowstone River. Traveling from Interstate 90 and Columbus, the park will be on the left side of Highway 78.

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