location: Thompson Falls, Montana
date: Jul 16, 2021 - Jul 18, 2021
Since the Smokejumper Cow Pasture Camp-out is an outdoor event, we're full steam ahead and this is the Feb. update. Besides the Smokejumpers are “76 and Counting!” There's a lot of reasons to save the date and load up your camper for a fabulous get away in the mountains of western Montana. Bill Meadows (ANC66) and his wife, Helen, are hosting the Camp-out July 16-18, 2021, at their historic ranch, located between Thompson Falls and Trout Creek, Montana.
Mountain Meadows Ranch is in the heart of the great outdoors – lots of clean fresh air, scenic mountains, and wooded areas for relaxation and peace and quiet. Go to Google Earth and type in 168 Little Beaver Creek Road, Trout Creek, MT for the location. It's 2.5 hours from Missoula and 3 hours from Spokane via Sandpoint, ID.
As the campout is in the country, the entire venue will be casual with no banquets or speakers, but rather a time to enjoy being together and talking about the good ole days. Walking trails also available for an early morning or evening stroll.
There are a variety of local attractions within a few miles, and visitors are free to choose their own excursion – the Noxon hydro-electric dam, Thompson Falls Dam and fish ladder, historic high bridge , and the Old Jail Museum in Thompson Falls, Ross Creek Cedars, reservoirs for boating (three boat launches 5-12 miles distance) or excellent fishing, trails to hike, and several old Forest Service lookouts.
Additional activities may include long distance shooting, horse shoes, golfing at 9-hole Rivers Bend course, a cribbage game, blue-grass pickin' for any musicians, misery whip contests (single and double buck) and a lot of visiting. Cecil Hicks (NCSB-62) is also putting together North Idaho sites to visit, perfect for a day trip or coming or going.
Golfing: Dave Petteys (MSO-79) and Orin Kendall (MSO-76 )are coordinating a golf opportunity which will be limited to 36 players on a first-come-first-served basis for Saturday, July 17th. Contact Dave at 406/827-4679 or Orin at 406/826-3104.
The Cabinet District is working on hosting the TRAMPS group for a trail project either before or after the Campout. Contact Fred Cooper (NCSB-62 )by April 1st, at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. The District sustained significant blow down from a windstorm on Jan. 13th, so there would be a lot of trail clearing to be done.
Firewood will be furnished for campfires, but everyone is “on their own” as far as food, beverages and lodging, so bring a tent, RV, or camper. Fence posts and poles will be available for wall tents. No reservations are required; there is ample parking space for many vehicles. Motels are available at Trout Creek and Thompson Falls. Drop ins for the day are also encouraged.
Falls Motel, T Falls, 406/827-3559 Rimrock Lodge, T Falls, 406/827-3536 Riverfront Motel. T Falls, 406/827-340
Trout Creek Motel, 406/827-3268 Lakeside Motel, Trout Cr, 406/827-4458
USFS lookout rentals:
Cougar Peak Lookout, 406/826-3821 Sex Peak Lookout, 406/827-3533
Updates will be posted on the NSA website in the coming months. Directions and maps will be included in addition to finalized plans. More ideas are in the works.