Kading Campground

Elliston, Montana

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While the Little Blackfoot Valley appears virtually unpopulated, it has been home to a variety of enterprises. Shortly after you turn onto Little Blackfoot Road, you’ll come to Charter Oak Mine. This abandoned mine began life in 1916 and produced ore for over 40 years. In the 1990s, the complex came under the supervision of the Forest Service for reclamation and preservation. An unusual partnership was formed in 2001 when the Helena National Forest and a class at Helena High School combined to make improvements at the site and create an interpretive trail. Numbered signposts throughout the mine and mill correspond to an interpretive brochure available at the site. About the same time Charter Oak began full-scale operation, two enterprising settlers sought their fortune from a different natural resource. You’ll see the remains of their handiwork if you take the hike to Blackfoot Meadows. The marshy pond in the meadows was dammed by two men who started a beaver farm here in the 1920s. After about five years, the economic windfall they anticipated failed to materialize, and they left seeking greener pastures.
Best Tent Camping: Montana

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Best Tent Camping: Montana

by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

While the Little Blackfoot Valley appears virtually unpopulated, it has been home to a variety of enterprises. Shortly after you turn onto Little Blackfoot Road, you’ll come to Charter Oak Mine. This abandoned mine began life in 1916 and produced ore for over 40 years. In the 1990s, the complex came under the supervision of the Forest Service for reclamation and preservation. An unusual partnership was formed in 2001 when the Helena National Forest and a class at Helena High School combined to make improvements at the site and create an interpretive trail.

Numbered signposts throughout the mine and mill correspond to an interpretive brochure available at the site. About the same time Charter Oak began full-scale operation, two enterprising settlers sought their fortune from a different natural resource. You’ll see the remains of their handiwork if you take the hike to Blackfoot Meadows. The marshy pond in the meadows was dammed by two men who started a beaver farm here in the 1920s. After about five years, the economic windfall they anticipated failed to materialize, and they left seeking greener pastures.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Elliston
Campsites: 11 Sites
Season: June-September
Additional Use: Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Helena National Forest. 406-449-5201, www.fs.usda.gov/helena
Fees per Night: $8
Facilities: Hand-pump water, vault toilets.
Driving Directions: Directions to Kading Campground

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2009
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Kading Campground is at the end of a long dirt road, which tends to keep many people away. The campsites are fairly private, with lots of space inbetween. There are two vault toilets and water. There is a trailhead for Blackfoot Meadows nearby, as well as Kading Cabin, a rental cabin managed by the USFS.



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