Updated: Nov 22, 2019
After our roof was torn off thanks to a low bridge and my husband not seeing the bent back rusted warning sign (see photo) we needed a place where we could go and boondock for free while we regrouped. I picked up my friend Denae from the airport in Billings, Montana and she was along for the ride, so we decided to put covering on the roof and roll on to our first stop.
Itch-Kep-Pe Park in Columbus, Montana was just the place as it is located just one mile off of I-90 and only 40 miles from Billings. We had camped here two years ago on our first RV trip as we headed to Glacier National Park so we knew it was a good spot on the water with plenty of sites to choose from.
Itch-Kep-Pe Park is a city park located next to the Yellowstone River. There are two sections with a ½ mile road in between that goes along the back of the golf course. There are about 48 sites here with some being pull through. There is room for all sizes campers here including large class A’s.
There are no hook ups as it is boondocking afterall. But there are toilets with running water and several dumpsters for your trash. They also provide fire rings and concrete picnic tables at most of the sites. And free firewood in the form of broken pallets and such. Which is a lot of amenities for a free camping spot!
In the area you can fish, boat, and golf on the golf course located between the two loops.
We enjoyed staying on the water in the second loop. We found a great free RV site right along the water. Denae who is with us, pitched her Gazelle Hub tent in no time right beside us. She practiced once before hitting the road with us. It takes 90 seconds to pop up and at 5’6”, she can stand up in it. While a little pricey, it keeps out the wind and is fairly insulated from the cold.
It was fairly busy at the park when we arrived late Friday but it was Labor Day weekend. Despite the crowd we found a great spot on the water where we enjoyed beautiful sunsets and the fresh mountain breeze.
In late August it was warm enough in the day to appreciate the cool water nearby. The water was cold but we put our chairs on the edge and enjoyed watching the boaters go by fishing or enjoying the day. At night it was cool but we didn't need our heater.
At night you can see stars for days. We even saw the Milky Way from here so it's a perfect boondocking spot for stargazing which we enjoyed every night.
Oh and there was a signal here a nice feature when boondocking, so I got a little work done and we were able to watch some Netflix.
You can find this park at GPS 45.628024, -109.251941 off 1-90 in Columbus, Montana not too far from Billings, Montana. It's a great spot as you make your way toward Glacier National Park.
We enjoyed 3 nights here over Labor Day weekend boondocking in our RV for the second time. I highly recommend this park!