Campground Review: LaSalle RV Park, Columbia Falls, MT

013Campground Review Summary

  • Name: LaSalle Campground
  • Dates of stay: August 11-25, 2018
  • Location: 5618 Hwy 2 West, Columbia Falls 59912
  • Type of campground: Private / Independent
  • Cost: $43.35/night (weekly rate)
  • Additional fees: none
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: yes
  • Cell reception: ATT good
  • Website: https://lasallervpark.webs.com/
  • Pros: location, accommodating owners
  • Cons: older facility, basic amenities

Full Review

This stay didn’t start off too well. I had booked this site way back in late December. I selected the location because of its central proximity to Big Mountain bicycle trails, Glacier National Park and my sister’s house. I was quoted a price of $200 per week. Delighted at the reasonable price, I booked the site. The owner didn’t take a deposit or send a confirmation email, which made me a bit uneasy, but I figured I’d confirm again later. Sometime in the late Spring, a lady called me to tell me the park was under new ownership and the price would NOW be over 300 a week. Too late to book another location, I reluctantly accepted and forked over a $50 deposit.

Fast forward to campground arrival. We checked in to our assigned gravel pull through site and found it to be both narrow (for us) and un-level. The manager quickly trimmed trees on both sides which allowed us to put our slides out, but no amount of jockeying could get us level without having one tire off of the ground, even with leveling blocks. A few days later a better site became available, so we requested to move. The manager was amenable, so we packed up and moved over 2 spaces. We still needed to trim bushes to open our driver side slide, but the gravel pad was much more level. As a bonus, trees no longer blocked our satellite signal and we had Direct TV again. Kudos to the site manager for accommodating our wishes.

The full hookups worked fine, although the sewer connection was elevated a bit, making dumping more challenging. We used the macerator rather than gravity drain. 50 amp power and water hookup worked fine. No cable TV, but we pulled in several Montana over the air local channels. Our ATT signal worked well.

Campground facilities are very basic. The bathroom and shower facilities are old and showing considerable wear, but kept clean. I found the water temperature to be variable a times. There is a coin laundry facility, a small camp store. and a grassy area with a lone swing set, a basketball hoop with a tattered net and fenced dog run. That’s about it. There appears to be quite a few “permanents” but they aren’t trashy and the campground is very quiet except for some Route 2 highway noise.

The new owner is in the process of making upgrades to the facility and is really trying to make campers happy. They were very nice and helpful when approached, and allowed us to swap sites when requested. But, I think it’s rather expensive considering the current amenities. Maybe in the future it will be better.

Bottom Line: Older campground with limited amenities. Pricey for what you get.

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