Note from JD: Part 1 is here.
I stayed a total of twelve days at the Clark Canyon Reservoir so have a reasonable take on the conditions.
As previously noted, I stayed in the Beaverhead campground which is right beside the east end of the dam (northeast corner of the reservoir).
I used relatively poor judgement when I arrived and took the campsite right at the boat ramp. This was not the best choice as there was lots of activity around the boat ramp. It seems mid-week there was always a handful of boaters in the water and this doubled or tripled on the weekend. Nearly everyone was fairly quiet and considerate but it is just more activity than I care for. That said; there are always a few people that have no consideration for others. The “ME” generation, I guess. It is sad. However; as a percentage, there seemed to be far, far fewer of those folks at this location that I am used to in New Mexico. Not sure what that says.
The campground experiences a bit of noise from the Interstate. It is located over an embankment so it’s not too bad. That said, you will not find absolute quite here.
I also found that it would typically become breezy in the afternoons. This did not make for huge waves on the water but paddling into the wind is never particularly easy so not a great thing. This wind was often 14-20 mph so certainly not a problem or nuisance.
The evenings were always very quiet.
I had a very solid and good performing Verizon 4G signal for my entire stay. Without the Wilson Sleek amplifier, I had two to three bars, with it I had four to five bars.
About the only services (that I could find) are in Dillon, MT which is about twenty miles up the road (north). Since it is Interstate, it is convenient. There isn’t a WalMart but Van’s IGA and several hardware stores are very well stocked!
I will certainly be returning to this site!