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Camping at Crystal Lake

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We’ve reserved the Crystal Lake Group Campground for up to 24 people.

Crystal Lake Campground Group Campground
Link to Campground Info:

Check in at 2:00 on Aug 8
Checkout at noon on Aug 12th.

Please RSVP to Kris at 406.530.4397 or with the dates you plan to be there and whether you are tent camping or will have a camper. (You don't need to come for the entire period.)

Group campsite is limited to 25 people and 10 vehicles. There are other campsites which may be free if we exceed those numbers. But anybody over the 25 will have to pay for their campsite. So RSVP early to make sure you're on the list!

There is room to park two campers up to 35' long on a paved parking area next to the campsite. This is a boondocking site, with no amenities for campers.

We won't allocate camping sites ahead of time. As you arrive, you can select your preferred spot. Kris and Paul plan to arrive on August 8th to help however we can.

Two primary routes - Highway 87 (through Lewistown) or US 191 (through Harlowtown).
They take about the same amount of time. The Hwy 87 route has a better road once you leave the highway west of Lewistown. The US 191 route has a bumpier but shorter gravel road. Both routes merge together as you approach the campground.

Once merged, the road will sometimes narrow to one lane, with periodic pullouts. Kris and Paul are choosing NOT to take their 24' travel trailer because of this. However, there were 5th wheel campers at the campground, so it is possible to do. If you want more info, talk to Paul at 406.530.4236.



Cell Phone: There may be no cell phone coverage. Cricket mobile services were not available at the campground. (Oh darn.)

Water: The campsite has water available at a spigot on the opposite side of the campground. You will need water storage containers to transport water from the water spigot to our group campsite.

Restrooms: There is a vault toilet available for the group campsite. No showers are available, except for a dip in the lake.

Bear Resistant Food Storage: Need bear resistant food storage: All food not being prepared or eaten must be stored in one of the following ways:

1. Stored in a hard-sided camper or vehicle or truck cab with no openings greater than 1/4" that a bear could bite or claw to open. (Recommended)

2. Suspended at least 10 feet up (from the bottom of the suspended item) and 4 feet out from any upright support, i.e. tree, pole; (Note - Trees surround the campground, but the campground itself is in a cleared area. So food suspended would be a short distance from the campsite.)

Full bear storage details here:

CMYK has paid for the group camping site. We'll have a kitty there if you want to donate towards that cost. If you're an overflow camper (over the permitted 25 people), then we ask that you pay for the additional campsites ($10/night).


Each family should bring whatever they would normally bring on an independent camping trip. Food, water, shelter, fun stuff

There is one fire ring for the group campsite. I haven't found any prohibition against barbecues, so you could bring that if desired.

Sun shades (campsites are not in the trees)

CMYK will have a first aid kit available. Don't forget to bring your bear spray if you plan on hiking.

Fishing gear / small boats / kayaks
Wildlife Guidebooks
Hiking Maps
Outdoor games

Earlier Event: June 29
Picnic/BBQ at Riverfront Park
Later Event: September 1
CMYK Sabbath