Thompson Falls State Park
On our way back to Montana to meet up with friends, we stopped at Thompson Falls after heading East on I-90. We were unsure about traveling on NF9/Coeur d' Alene River Rd toward Enaville as it looked narrow and windy but it had been recently resurfaced and had nice clearance on the sides of the road. It was a beautiful drive along the river passing through some beautiful farming and mining area. We were surprised to see how many RVs were parked right along the river mile after mile. Apparently this is mostly private owned land and people make campgrounds all along the river. Many were filled with permanent residents.
|Clark Fork River|
Thompson Falls State Park is a small campground located along the Clark Fork River across this bridge. 13'6 clearance.
The campground has 18 campsites. There is no electric but there are water spigots throughout. I'm not sure if any were threaded. It's a beautiful wooded area and we were able to catch some solar with our moveable panel. There is no dump station within the campground. Some sites are reservable, some FCFS. There are a few that will fit 40 footers. We were in campsite #13, their largest at 38 feet. It was a very easy pull through that would fit something much longer. ATT was ok, Verizon very strong. We paid $18 with our Montana State card otherwise, it would've been $28.
While taking a nice drive to look around the area, we came upon several small campgrounds along the river that were run by the Montana State Utilities run by Avista. HERE is a link to some of them. The name of this one is Finley Flats. These are FREE campgrounds. Mostly small spaces at this one but some could hold a larger RV. The roads are kept in good condition. They have camp hosts, water and toilets. No showers or dump or electric. But FREE. Right on the water. There is a boat ramp at this particular one. Many state's utility companies offer camping, so look for them.
The smoke from all the fires in Washington, Idaho and Montana are just horrible. The picture on the left is when we arrived at Thompson Falls. The one on the right is when we left.
The night before we were to leave a huge thunderstorm rolled in. Some rain and very heavy winds with lots of lighting. Not enough rain to help with the fires and the lightning started 5 more in the immediate area. There was a lot of tree damage at our campground. Luckily no one or any rigs were hurt. The campground host was quick to come around and check on everyone and let us know that there was one pine tree that slightly uprooted and would probably fall within the day.
|This one is expected to fall soon.|
Some trees snapped right off.
Back into Montana tomorrow to meet up with two couples from the Class of 2014.
Lee & Trace and Ellen & Mario!