Beaver Creek County Park Campgrounds

Havre, Montana

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Most people probably haven’t heard of Fort Assinniboine, but when it was built in 1879 near the Milk River, it was the largest fort west of the Mississippi, encompassing all of the Bears Paw Mountains. The fort was built in response to concerns about Indian attacks after General Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn in 1876 and Chief Joseph’s surrender in 1877 at Bear Paw Battlefield, 37 miles southeast. Before the fort was abandoned in 1911, General John Pershing served here as a lieutenant, and two companies of the 10th Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers” trained here prior to their service in the Spanish-American War. Some of the fort’s buildings still stand 6 miles southwest of Havre on US 87, and walking tours are available. After the fort was abandoned, much of the land was designated as the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, and the section that ultimately became Beaver Creek County Park bounced between the federal government, the state, and the city of Havre until it was finally established as a Hill County park in 1948.
Best Tent Camping: Montana

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by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Most people probably haven’t heard of Fort Assinniboine, but when it was built in 1879 near the Milk River, it was the largest fort west of the Mississippi, encompassing all of the Bears Paw Mountains. The fort was built in response to concerns about Indian attacks after General Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn in 1876 and Chief Joseph’s surrender in 1877 at Bear Paw Battlefield, 37 miles southeast.

Before the fort was abandoned in 1911, General John Pershing served here as a lieutenant, and two companies of the 10th Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers” trained here prior to their service in the Spanish-American War. Some of the fort’s buildings still stand 6 miles southwest of Havre on US 87, and walking tours are available. After the fort was abandoned, much of the land was designated as the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, and the section that ultimately became Beaver Creek County Park bounced between the federal government, the state, and the city of Havre until it was finally established as a Hill County park in 1948.

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

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Havre
Campsites: 120-150 Sites
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Camping, Mountain Biking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Beaver Creek County Parks. 406-395-4565, bcpark.org
Fees per Night: $10/day, $30–$70/year depending on age and residence
Facilities: Water available at park office, vault toilets, boat launch.
Driving Directions: Directions to Beaver Creek County Park Campgrounds

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6/8/2006
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June 8, 2006. Getting There: From Havre, there is no Beaver Creek Rd. When going thru town on Hwy 2 you will go south on 5th St. It will automatically put you on the road you need to be on. This was the most frustrating part, finding the road! The end of the road is the park. It is longer than 7 miles, esp when the office is 1/2 way thru the campground. More like 20 miles. The scenery was beautiful, wish I could have gotten a pass! Be sure to call the information # before driving all the way there, like I did. I arrived at 5:00PM on a Thursday, but it was closed at 3:00PM. I had to turn around and go back to Havre to get a motel room. You have to purchase a pass at the park office. Since I was on my way home to Seattle area, I did not go back the next day, too much out of the way. I headed for Glacier Peak National Park. I stayed at a campground near the summit on Hwy 2 (Devils Creek Campground. Logan Pass was closed. Guess that is all I have to say. Cheryl



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