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. 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 (ANC-66) 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.
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.
Mark your calendar, and come for s'mores, stargazing, and storytelling in a back-to-nature setting.