The Blackfeet Nation invites all to come and experience the beautiful lands they hold sacred. Learn about their culture while getting close to the amazing natural features that are so abundant in this part of Montana -- which is also right near the entrance to Glacier National Park! Chewing Black Bones is one of four campgrounds privately run by members of the Blackfoot tribe, and it's nestled beside St. Mary's Lake.
There is space for every visitor here, with sites big enough to hold large RVs with full hookup options along with simple tent sites for those that only need access to a fire pit and picnic table during their stay. If you're seeking a more authentic Blackfoot experience, tipis can be rented for $75 per night. Basic sites are only $25 a night, while RV sites cost as much as $55 depending on the options you need. For day use, visitors must pay $10 per person.
You'll find lots of things to do once you're settled in at this campground. A boat launch right onto the lake makes getting out on the water easy, though it does cost $20 to use. The park rents out kayaks free of charge, and bikes can be rented for $50. Fishing in the lake is allowed, but only for those with a tribal permit. A large playground is there to help kids burn off steam, and there are ample trails to hike throughout the area.
Four-legged visitors are also welcome, but they do need to be on a standard 6-foot leash for their stay. Be sure to make sure your pooch is never left alone while you are doing other activities, and do your part to keep dogs allowed in this special place by always stooping and scooping your pup's messes. Bears do inhabit this region, so dispose of all garbage and pet waste in the designated spots. Remember to store food and toiletries safely in a vehicle to keep the large, hairy creatures off of your site.
For those who want to discover more about the peoples that have lived here the longest, Chewing Black Bones Campground is the perfect blend of natural exploration and cultural history.