Pelican Point FAS (Fishing Access Site) is one of hundreds of such sites that dot the Montana landscape.
Many of them are free to camp, but the majority still require some kind of camping fee. Run by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, most of these fishing access sites are open to RV camping.
If they charge a fee, it’s going to be $18.00 a night for most people. This is only if you are not a Montana resident, and you do not have a Montana fishing license. Otherwise, if you are a resident, have a license, or if you’re a senior or disabled, you can camp for cheaper. You get a 7-day maximum stay.
Fees are paid on the honor system, but there is someone who comes by each week, usually a Monday, to collect fees from the box. However, the state seems to be pretty lax on enforcing its fees.
While fishing access sites are intended for fishermen, they’re open for anyone, boaters, campers, bird watchers, whatever may be.
Pelican Point FAS is popular because it’s located closed to Great Falls, and because it offers four large camping sites. These sites are large enough to accommodate 40+ foot trailers with enough to width to park your tow vehicle next to it.
I camped there for a week during the first week of July, 2019.
I found a ton of gnats and flies. It’s not so bad as long as you don’t go outside, but then again, what’s camping if you can’t go outside? Well, you can go outside, and they generally don’t bother you. However, for whatever reason, they seem pretty well-trained to hang out by your RV door and wait for you to come out and go in. Keep one of those electric fly swatters handy.
Fishing Access Sites in Montana are popular, and Pelican Point is no exception. Expect a lot of boaters to go in and out, and expect a lot of campers on the weekend. During the week, however, Monday through Thursday, it remains quiet.
Verizon 4G connectivity is good at Pelican Point. However, just a mile south down the Missouri River, the connection goes out.