In last week’s installment we visited little known Muddy Creek Falls and Canyon in Montana. Prior to visiting the canyon and falls we and our friends dropped our travel trailers at a boondocking campsite on BLM land near Bynum Reservoir. Not wanting to cause any of you grief with a game warden, I am not going to share the location as the boundaries of where the BLM land ends and Montana Department of Fisheries begins is difficult to ascertain and the rules between the two administering agencies differ. Plus, what is “on” the reservoir is “not” open to interpretation especially since the shoreline is about 100 yards from the high water mark. You can rest assured we were on BLM land and followed their rules for dispersed camping. If you are interested in camping where we did (you may not want to after reading the balance of this entry) you can find the section of BLM land via http://publiclands.org and navigate their on your own OR you can set up your base camp at the Bynum Reservoir Fishing Access Site which has campsites for $12 per night, $7 per night if you have a Montana Fishing license. With that bit of disclosure out of the way, I can share the adventure we experienced at camp.
After returning tired from our adventure to the falls and canyon, we celebrated our victory of reaching our goal (despite the many adversities) with a hearty dinner and went to sleep under a star filled sky. Sometime after midnight a couple of owls set up camp in a nearby cottonwood tree, while I enjoyed hearing their hoots, sleep sounded better to me. Early the next morning, (earlier than I was ready to get up), a herd of cows decided to invade our campsite. While the noise was enough to wake me up, our friends were shaken awake by a cow using their trailer as a scratching post. Cows chased away, we enjoyed our breakfast and headed off to our next Montana adventure. Stay tuned!
Being awakened by owls and cows in the boondocks, just another adventure in RVing!
You will find the Bynum Reservoir FAS (Fishing Access Site) campground at: N47 57.595 W112 24.380
Those with small backcountry type RVs willing to drive miles of gravel and dirt roads may also consider camping at the Muddy Creek Fall Trailhead, where standard forest service dispersed camping rules apply.