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Cromwell Dixon Campground

A tree lies toppled within 20 yards of a campsite at the Cromwell Dixon Campground in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Monday afternoon. While most Forest Service campgrounds are open ahead of Memorial Day, Cromwell is closed due to hazardous trees, and a few others remain closed.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest expects most area campgrounds to be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend, but not all of them. 

Near Helena, Moose Creek, Vigilante, Kading, Park Lake, Coulter, Aspen Grove, Copper Creek and Pine Grove are either open or expected to be open. Most campgrounds along the Rocky Mountain Front and in the Townsend and White Sulphur Springs areas will also be open, although some may not yet have water.

“Memorial Day is normally when they open up for most of them, at least for the Helena side,” public affairs officer Kathy Bushnell said.

Six campgrounds will not be open, either because of snow or needed safety work.

Cromwell Dixon on MacDonald Pass is closed because of hazardous trees.

“It’s just depending on when we can get the hazard trees out of there, but it’ll probably be later this summer,” Bushnell said, when asked when she thought Cromwell will reopen.

Kings Hill Campground near Neihart is also closed because of hazardous trees.

Crystal Lake Campground west of Judith Gap will not open until mid-June due to snow. Summit Campground near Marias Pass, and West Fork Campground and Mill Falls Campground along the Front will also remain closed due to snow on access roads.

Camping is limited to 16 consecutive days in a 30-day timeframe at one location, and then campers must move at least five miles.

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While the weekend is still a few days away, forecasts call for mostly good weather to get outside.

“Overall, it doesn’t look like a bad weekend,” said Bob Hoenisch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Friday and Saturday there’s a chance of showers, but through the weekend it gets a bit drier and we’ll see a warming trend through the weekend.”

High temperatures are forecast as seasonal for the Helena area, he said, with an expected high of 63 on Friday, 69 on Saturday, 74 on Sunday and 76 on Memorial Day.

Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin


Natural Resources Reporter

Natural Resources Reporter / Assistant Editor for The Independent Record.

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