Coal Banks Landing

Coal Banks Landing Recreation Area temporarily closed for the winter season, with the campground, day-use areas and restrooms inaccessible until spring. The recreation area is scheduled to reopen on April 1, 2023

Coal Banks Landing Campground, situated along the Upper Missouri River, is open from April 1 to December 1, annually. This is a popular site for launching watercraft, as well as camping, picnicking and fishing. The potable water system at the campground becomes operational after the last freeze in the spring, typically by May 15th. Campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis — NO RESERVATIONS. There are 20 sites, five (5) of which can accommodate trailers or recreational vehicles (RVs) up to 40 feet in length. There are no hookups available. Each site has a designated fire ring and picnic table. The campground is equipped with vault toilets and trash dumpsters. The boat launch use is dependent on water levels, typically 5,000-7,000 cfs is required to launch motorized watercraft.

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Geographic Coordinates

48.03222, -110.23682


Local Directions: When approaching from the south (Great Falls/Fort Benton), take U.S. Hwy 87 north to mile marker 66.7. Turn right on Gardiner Road (improved gravel) and proceed approximately 7 miles to the Virgelle Ferry Road ( Gardiner Road will pass under an old train bridge and end at a "T" intersection). Turn left on Virgelle Ferry Road, travel approximately 1 mile and the campground will be on the right. When approaching from the north (Havre/Big Sandy) take U.S. Hwy 87 south to mile marker 72.4. Turn left on the Virgelle Ferry Road (improved gravel), proceed approximately 6 miles, and the campground will be on the left.


$10.00 Per Night

Stay Limit

14 Days