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Horse Prairie Campground
Clark Canyon Reservoir
Dillon, Montana
by
Norman W. Hildrum

Campsite at Horse Prairie Campground - Clark Canyon Reservoir, Dillon, Montana - Photo by Norman HildrumMost of what is Montana was obtained by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806. The area was organized as the Montana Territory in 1864. Montana was admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The name Montana comes from a Spanish word meaning mountainous and mountainous it can be.

Clark Canyon Dam and Reservoir is located adjacent to I-15 in southwest Montana. Just a short distance from the interstate was Horse Prairie Campground. This is a small (about 20 sites) campground on two points overlooking Clark Canyon Reservoir. Nicely spaced sites with spur, picnic table and shelter, and campfire ring. There is a well with pump, and vault toilets. Site is about 15-25 feet above the water and looks toward the south. There is little vegetation (no trees), but Horse Prairie Campground - Clark Canyon Reservoir, Dillon, Montana - Photo by Norman Hildrumthe view is great. Snow covered mountains to the south (Beaver head Mountains). We found a really great site on a point which commanded a 270 degree view of the reservoir. It is about 20 feet higher than the reservoir providing excellent views. Our cost was $0.00 (05/00).

This is a Bureau of Reclamation project and offers a variety of recreational activities including a number of free campsites. Reclamation projects began with the enactment of the Reclamation Act of 1902, which was established to stimulate the economic development of 16 sparsely populated western states. The Bureau of Reclamation, has been responsible for many federal projects that supply water and power for use in agricultural irrigation, industry, flood control, preservation of fish and wildlife, domestic needs, and recreation. Clark Canyon Reservoir is an example. SavvyCampers will enjoy this campground.


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