Great RV Site: Lake Shel-oole Campground, City Of Shelby MT

Well we made it to a great rv site at Lake Shel-oole Campground in the city of Shelby, MT. This is our first time camping here and we can tell we are almost home (will be tomorrow). Have almost the entire park to ourselves, it is overcast and cool, wind is blowing and is rocking me to sleep as I type…so if the words in this post suddenly stop, you’ll know I’m napping.

Our Campsite In Lake Shel-oole Campground

Our Campsite In Lake Shel-oole Campground


We left Stanford, Montana this morning and continued on down the road to Great Falls. Then hopped on I-15 and took it straight to Shelby. One note those traveling this path should know…the hills get steeper. Not scary grades, but very slow driving today and hard on the truck, for sure. It just never ended. Even on Interstate 15 you would climb, plateau, climb again. About 7 miles south of Shelby there is actually one 7% grade hill down and up, the steepest of them all, so be prepared. All in all, still feel this route was the best for us.

We're Way Down There!

We’re Way Down There!


We could have cut over to 89 over to East Glacier, but were worried about finding a place to camp. Lake Shel-oole Campground in Shelby MT feels familiar, like “home,” because we’ve gone through Shelby and Hwy 2 dozens of times since living in NW Montana. Also, I knew of this park because one time when I was driving in a car from Chicago to head home by myself, all hotels were booked when I got to Shelby, so I slept in this campground in my car! I told Jim I would love to stay here tonight, so that’s why we headed here.






There are some “official” rv sites at the front entrance, but I don’t like those. They are like parallel parking with little privacy. But if you go further in, you will initially think they are electric only…but some are so close to a water spigot, it’s like having electric and water. Again, as pictures will show, have this whole area to ourselves and are loving it!

Here’s some info for you:

  • Tents are $10/night, campers are $18/night and you pay via a drop box (no campground host here)
  • There are bathrooms and showers
  • There is a dump station
  • If the more primitive sites like we are in don’t have any with spigots available, you can easily fill your tanks first then come on back here where every site has electric
  • I “think” the rv sites at the front (icky, I mean it) have EVERYTHING for the same price, but again water and dump station are here so enjoy the peace back here. The outer rim has back in sites, but there are about 4 pull throughs on the right side.
  • You’re only about 70 miles from East Glacier on Highway 2 – a great place to stop because you can get an early start on Glacier Park the next morning.
  • The town of Shelby has a cute downtown Main Street with restaurants, etc. But the rv park is a bit north of town so make pit stops before coming to the campground.

Have I sold you on it yet? Honestly, for $18 this is truly our favorite rv campground to date. By the way, the close up picture of our truck and 5th wheel show a big wall behind us…that’s the DAM for Lake Shel-oole! Hoping it holds! You can check out the VISIT MONTANA SITE INFO ON LAKE SHEL-OOLE CAMPGROUND HERE.

Final update – we will be home tomorrow in the land of the mountains where there is no cell service. Friday we are going off the grid to stay with my family over Father’s Day…so will take plenty of pictures and will post early next week to update on everything. Until then, stay safe and thanks for following us on our journey! So glad to be home…

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