About nine miles South of the Canadian border is a beautiful area, Lincoln County Montana. Eureka, MT is surrounded by miles of mountains, lakes, unbelievable beauty and incredibly nice folks. Another bonus for me is that while cell service is good in town, it is non-existent outside of Eureka. This caused me to let people know that I would be unavailable for a few days and truly plug in to nature, family and friends.
Eureka is a town of just over 1,000 people, but surrounded by smaller communities. When my father in law was a minister there in the 80s there were three lumber mills driving the local economy. Due to various reasons those operations are all gone now. It is replaced with tourism and retirees enjoying their golden years in one of the planets most beautiful places.
The Trego Pub & General Store is a great place to get great food and cold drinks…including an incredible view. Families are welcome and if you need some basic supplies, they have you covered. I ordered the burger of the day and a latte stout, all of the sandwiches were great.
We stayed at the Dickey Lake campground. You can reserve spots on Recreation.gov, we got there early and there was a spot left to boon-dock our 24 foot camper. With our canoe and a paddle board in tow we loved our time there on the water and in the woods.
There are many cool things in the area, oand many spectacular drives. One that was mentioned was the drive through Libby, MT. High mountains coupled with a few stops along the way made this a favorite with the locals.
Ultimately I found that the parks are fine, but the rest of Montana has so many incredible things and people that you will miss so much if you just cruise the parks. Find a spot in Montana that isn’t Glacier and unplug. One of the things that makes me feel the most alive is when I have lost track of everything that isn’t happening right here, right now. The country is running out of those places, so go see Lincoln County, MT while unplugged is still a part of the nature of things.