2017 Dutchmen Aspen Trail
2017 Dutchmen Aspen Trail
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Black Sandy State Park is located in west-central Montana near the towns and cities of Helena, Great Falls, and Deer Lodge. The park lies on shores of Hauser Lake and is one of the few to do so making a unique attraction to those with an RV rental in the local area. Black Sandy State Park encompasses everything that’s appealing to camping in the state of Montana. From its picturesque mountain views - perfect for trekking and hiking to its crystal clear lakes and rivers ideal fishing and boating. Rent a camper near Black Sandy State Park, and you can lose yourself in this Eden-like wilderness in the heart of the ‘Treasure State.’
Making your way to Black Sandy State Park with a rental RV is also a lot easier with Interstate 15 running along its western shores. Search for an RV in Lewis and Clark County and see what Black Sandy State Park can offer you.
Should you be a keen angler, then Black Sandy State Park is a must-visit. Not are you only able to camp on the grounds on one of the most idyllic state parks, but you will also have access to the shores of Hauser Lake. Hauser Lake is a prime fishing territory in Montana, home to a wide verity of fish species. Black Sandy State Park campers can try their hand at catching rainbow trout and kokanee salmon - which are abundant in these waters. Alongside these, there are also brown trout, yellow perch, walleye, and a range of bass fish. Having the banks of the lake to yourself at Black Sandy State Park makes this all the more desirable for avid fishermen and women.
Being on the shores of both Hauser Lake and the Missouri River makes Black Sandy River Park the perfect park for those who love the water, and more importantly, love to boat. Accessing the water with a boat is made even easier with the free to use boat ramp from the park itself. Whether its pontoon boating along Hauser Lake or kayaking and canoeing down the Missouri River, there is something for every taste. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to the local marina alongside the shores of the lake. Here campers can rent a range of water-going vessels to enjoy out on the lake.
Along with the recreation on Hauser Lake, Black Sandy State Park is also home to a range of great outdoor activities. Hiking above all else is the park’s mainstay, and being on the route of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, and hikers can retrace the steps of the famous expansion east. Campers can also hike through the Helena National Forest, close to Black Sandy State Park. The ‘Missouri River Beaver Creek Trail’ is an ideal hike for campers who do not want to venture too far from the park, but still get great views of the forest and picturesque Montana.
Those RV camping at Black Sandy State Park will have a range of campsites and campgrounds, both in and around the state park itself. Black Sandy State Park’s campground offers RV campers full hookups, including 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewage. Facilities on-site include a dump station, vaulted toilets, shower blocks, and all are ADA accessible. Pets are also welcome on the campsite but must be kept on a leash.
An alternative to the state park campgrounds is the ‘Helena North KOA Campsite.’ Full hookups are also provided here, including water, electric, and sewage. Facilities here include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, free WIFI, laundrette, and on-site general store. Many of the sites here are pull-thru, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here.
Helena, a nearby city and capital of Montana, is home to a variety of sight-seeing and day-tripping opportunities. Those who wish to add a little art of and culture to their visit to Helena should take a trip to the ‘Holter Museum of Art.’ The museum is home to a vast array of artworks that cover many genres and eras of artists from the northwest of America. Call ahead, and the museum can organize a guide to take you around this ingrossing gallery, brimming with must-see artworks and exhibitions that are ever-changing.
Those with an interest in history should not pass up an opportunity to visit the 'Montana Military Museum' in downtown Helena. The museum showcases a verity of exhibitions covering Montana’s place in US military history. Although a small independent museum, the collection of artifacts is huge and will keep any military history enthusiast enthralled. Highlights of the museum are its collection of second world war memorabilia, donated to the museum over its many years. This is a must-see when in the city of Helena.
Venture a little further out from the Black Sandy State Park to the city of Great Falls, and visit the ‘Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.’ The center allows visitors to relive the famous 1804-06 expedition westward through interactive exhibitions. The centerpiece of the center is a two-story diorama of the Missouris River’s five great falls. Visitors can test their strength by reenacting the pulling of a boat against the Missouri River current - just as the Lewis and Clark expeditions had to do.