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The Folk Festival in Butte is the best time I've had since moving to Montana 6 years ago. 5 stages with music from all over the state, the nation and THE WORLD, Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. FREE! The donation bucket comes around often and you just put in what you can. Last year a bunch of us camped out at a little Forest Service campground north of Butte and had just the best time (except, so I heard, for some of the snoring). We spent all day Saturday at the festival and some folks went back on Sunday before heading home. Let's do it again! For the Festival: Here is information and an event schedule for the festival: https://montanafolkfestival.com/schedule/ If you want to join us just for the day on Saturday, we can meet at I-15 exit 138, where there is some parking space on West Elk Road, to carpool to Butte. Or, we can meet at one of the shuttle parking lots in Butte (I don't remember where we did that last year, but we'll have it figured out by then!). There is lots of food and drink around the festival, but bring a water bottle, sun hat, and lots of sunscreen. Here is the festival map: https://montanafolkfestival.com/event-map/ For the camping: Put together your gear, beverages and food, and firewood if you've got it, for simple car-camping or RVing (30 ft or less) for two or three nights and join in the quiet fun at Lowland Campground. I am going to get to the campground by noon on Friday to snag two camp sites; we can have up to 4 vehicles and 4 tents on two sites. Feel free to join us anytime Friday or Saturday - I'll have homemade chili and corn bread for anyone who shows up hungry Friday evening. For information on and directions to the campground go here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/bdnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=5697&actid=29. There is water and vault toilets. The fee is $5.00 per campsite per night - bring some cash and we'll settle up when we break up. Certainly a cheap stay! If you have any questions, start a conversation below or text me at[masked]
Fish-kayak-canoe-boat-cook-hike-camp-relax-take pictures. How can you lose on this trip? The plan, with flex features, Lance is taking "Sonata" as main shuttle/boating craft to haul people and camping gear to the Coulter Campground (first come first served-bathroom and water). If full, we have other options nearby to camp. I leave-carpool with the boat after work on Friday, I have seating for three - easy! If you paddle in early from Upper Holter 1.5 hours? you could save us some spots. This will be our Base Camp for everything else. My boat is super nice if you like cruising around or fishing! Coordinating meals for the weekend is welcomed! For the boat, I have ample safety gear, PFD's (life vests) and storage space if you don't want to paddle in with all your camping gear - we can load it at the carpool or on Thursday night. Depending on the number of RSVPs I may shuttle another load of crew-campers! I need at least ONE person adept at following launch and retrieval instructions, tying off the boat, etc. All boat launches, including kayaks, are charged a nominal fee at this non-profit, private Marina at the entrance to the Gates - well worth it, avoiding the crazy crowds at Lower Holter Lake. There is a designated Interstate exit for the Gates, don't exit at Craig or Wolf Creek! For marina fees, boat fuel and truck tow fuel, I'd appreciate a gas share contribution of $10-$15. If you are exclusively paddling and driving yourself, make your own arrangements for cost sharing. I don't know what the campsite permits cost per night. Skipper Lance For the Curious: 18ft 5 inch unsinkable deep V hull Smoker Craft Legacy Ultima aluminum fish-ski modular design boat, bowrider cushions, movable seating, two jump seats, two livewells, storage for 8 or more fishing poles, 150-hp Yamaha outboard, Humminbird fishfinder with down-imaging and charts, carpeted everywhere, boat safety-certified Captain (me) from 2 different courses, partial enclosure onboard for weather/shade, two extra rod-reels (get your fishing license - they may check it!), anchor, other features...