Thursday, June 16, 2011


Creek State Park, that is.

IMG_2115 Hell Creek is a state park on Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana. It’s a beautiful camping area with electric hookups, a dump station, and clean pay showers. But, it is a fishing camp.

The road just seems to go on and on.

IMG_2120 The road to Hell Creek from Jordan, MT is 25 miles of dirt and gravel. It took us almost an hour to drive that 25 miles. This state park is not a place to just drive to for camping and to find peace and quiet. It is quiet during the day because everybody is out fishing. But when the fisher people start returning in the afternoons, it can get pretty noisy.


IMG_2141 The road cuts through the Missouri Breaks.






IMG_2138Here you can see the dark clouds gathering over us. We drove through some rain but not much which is a good thing because this road would turn to mud very easily.




The road is graded but with all the rain, it is in pretty rough shape. In fact it is so rough that it shook all the bolts out of one of the fenders on the boat trailer and I lost the fender. And I also lost one of Jim’s bumper guard thingies that helps him get the boat on the trailer.

IMG_2176 There are such nice people in this world of ours. Some guys coming back from Jordan to Hell Creek, found the fender and then tracked us down in the campground to return it to us. Now that is really going above and beyond. No luck with the bumper thingy but we’ll look for it on the way back out of here. While we’re here Jim is going to secure everything on the trailer very tightly.

IMG_2178 This is the roller bumper thingie that I lost. The metal L-shaped thing is also gone. Sure hoping we find it on our way out of here.


  1. I was impressed with the friendliness of everyone I came into contact with in Montana.

  2. Sounds like it was the road to Hell! :)

  3. That's a pretty bad road when you're losing parts along the way. Really nice of the people to find you and return the bumper.
    I've read that you need to check and tighten screws once in a while, and after reading this, I'm going to do just that! I don't have anything outside, though - I don't think - that can fall off.

  4. a trip to 'Hell'..sounds like it was 'interesting'!!

  5. Sure looks like the Journey to Hell to me too!!

  6. Campers are often very good people!

  7. Must have been one heck of a bumpy ride. Hope you make it out in one piece!

  8. Wow, what a nasty road. Sure hope the fishing was worth that bumpy ride. I can hear Jim saying of course it will be.

  9. It might be a log drive, but it looked beautiful! Hell doesn't look so bad! But I wouldn't want to live there.

  10. Wow, you are more adventuresome than we would be. John would take one look at that road and find a place to turn around!

  11. Don't forget to check the screws on your license plates!


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