Gateway FamCamp

 
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Gateway FamCamp

Location

Installation
Malmstrom AFB, MT
GPS Coordinates
47.500659, -111.205041
Location Information
Malstrom AFB, MT

Directions

Directions
From I-15, take exit 278 heading East on US-200/US-89. Go about 6.25 miles and turn left (North) on US-87. In about 1 mile, turn right (East) onto 2nd Ave. Immediately BEFORE entering the main gate, turn right and go South on 62nd St. for .4 miles to FamCamp. ---- Coming from the south on US 87 take a right on Bypass 87 (57th St), and at about 1/2 mile take the first right you come to (3rd Ave S) and follow to the FamCamp on right.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(406) 731-3263
Mailing Address
Outdoor Recreation, 341 FSS/FCO, 500 76th Street N, Bldg. 1222, Malmstrom AFB, MT 59402-7515

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
15 April - 15 Oct (weather permitting).
Reservations
Not accepted.
Internet Access
WiFi available at the "Gateway" campground.
Pet Information
Normal leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
$2 dump fee. There are 2 campgrounds. The main, new "Gateway" campground is on-base, and the old "Annex" campground is located off-base. Tents not allowed at the "Gateway" campground, but are allowed at the "Annex". There is a 21 day stay limit, but can be extended if space is available.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Propane.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Showers
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Post Office

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
25
W/30,50A/S
$25
$130
N/A
Overflow
?
None
$10
N/A
N/A
Annex RV Sites
30
W/30A/S
$20
$100
N/A
Annex Overflow/Tents
?
W/30A
$8
N/A
N/A

Other Information

DoD Interactive Comment Evaluation

The Department of Defense (DoD) Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is a web-based tool that collects feedback on services provided by various organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Click the ICE logo to submit your evaluation on this campground directly to the responsible department.

Weather Information

Malmstrom Air Force Base is home to two FamCamps, the new Gateway FamCamp located just outside the base main gate, and the Gateway Annex, located on base near Outdoor Recreation.

We hope your stay with us is memorable. If there is any way we can serve you better, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in “Big Sky” country!

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    Brochure on the Gateway and Annex FamCamps at Malstrom AFB, MT.
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Jul 2017

Was going to stay two nights....left after one. Meets minimum standards but that's about all I can say for this FamCamp. Not pleasant appearance and zero amenities. Host told us where to park but wasn't at all friendly nor helpful. Not suppose to take reservations but I saw at least three spots with reserved signs....one I guess was for someone's pickup because that's all I saw park there. Doubt I'd even stop there again for an overnight if I was in the area. We camped at Gateway FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

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July, 2017

This review is on the original FamCamp, now called the "Annex". Although Gateway doesn't take reservations as they are "never full", they close to it today (unless you want to tent camp, don't mind not having power, etc.). The higher rated off-base part is completely full and the old "Annex" has only one working empty space this morning. There are some tent spaces available and several RV ones with cones in them as they've power or other problems. This part has no showers and no laundry. The spaces are gravel with some vegetation and not very level. Gopher/prairie dog holes are all around, so you've got to watch your step when walking dogs. Only 30 amp power. Our sewer hookup was in the rear of our spot but actually level with our dump port! The CG is clean, but really needs some maintenance. Staff is great! The hosts at both camps are friendly and helpful. I had difficulty finding the on-base part and someone from Outdoor Rec. directed me over the phone. (There's next to no signage for either of them on or off base.)

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June 2017

Great place to stay The whole facility was clean and neat,especially the restrooms and laundry.We would stop there again.

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May 31 through June 3, 2017

Nice well kept no hassel Famcamp outside the gate. Camp host is friendly and helpful. Laundry room and bathrooms are clean and washer dryer price are lower than normal.

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May 2017

Let me introduce myself. My name is Bill Whitehurst and I am the camp host for the 2017 season. This is my first time hosting, so please be gentle with me. I am here to make your Campground experience at Gateway Family Campground the best ever. The direct phone number to me to check out to see if there is any space for you is 406-731-5140. If no answer, please call back. It just means that I'm away from the phone helping out other guests. I cannot hold a site for you, but I can let you know how many sites are still available. The dump station in at the Annex campground on base. The fee is only $2.00.  We are now allowing limited tent camping at Gateway, Only $10.00 a night, includes showers, rest rooms and use of laundry facilities,

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3-7 July 2015

Came in on way to GNP. First visit to MAFB since stationed here in 1965. How Great Falls has changed. Had rv trouble so did not dare try to make it to Canada and instead took toad to GNP. Loved the location outside the gate and how quiet it was there and the cleanliness. Plan on returning within a few years.

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August 7, 2016

Great stop here. Great camp hosts. The ladies restroom had that special touch with lotion, plant, boxed tissues etc... the location is great. Don't forget to visit the Lewis and Clark center. 

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June 25, 2016

Nothing much noteworthy about this Famcamp; paved interior roads with sloping concrete pads, reasonable large sites, no trees for shade.  There aren't many choices in Great Falls, so after driving six miles through heavy city traffic we felt fortunate to get a site, but not accepting reservations in this out of the way location is insane.  Drive all the way, find out there are no spaces, then figure out how to get past the gate barriers in a 40' to get to the annex.  Or drive all the way back to the interstate.  We stopped here to make a commissary trip since there's little to see in town, but it wasn't worth the effort.  WiFi didn't work, no cable, and just a few OTA channels.  Nice hosts, but I wouldn't want to be in their shoes having to turn people away.  Next time we'll shop at Walmart and skip this place.

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26 June -6 July 2015

Very nice campground. Sites have nice grass and enough room between each one. Wifi was weak, even though we were close to antenna. Laundry is very reasonable. $1 to wash and $1 to dry. Camp hosts very nice, very helpful. Only complaint: There should be a contact number available, since reservations are not taken. Having to drive almost 8 miles from I-15 and being told "no space available" would be very frustrating. This did not happen to us, even though tried calling outdoor rec and reaching a recording during working hours, but saw numerous RVs having to turn around and leave.

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June 5, 2014

Camped in 43' MH. Stopped here just for the night on our way to the Canadian border. Great facilities, wide, level concrete pads, great wifi and best of all wonderful people staying at the park.

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Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2014

We spent our first night at the annex, as the main campground was full. We enjoyed our stay at the main campground, and there was no wind (our first stay there was VERY windy). The host (who is a jerk) has established some rules such as you cannot hook up your toad at your site, even though there is plenty of room. Also, Outdoor Rec has decreed that campers in the Annex cannot use the showers at the main campground. Plus, they cannot use the washers and dryers at the main campground. There reasoning, which does not wash, is that the charge for the Annex is less (by $4.00) than the main campground. But the annex is also only 30 amp and gravel. We did not use the dining hall, although retirees can on weekends. The fresh water faucets are used by two RVs, which doesn’t help the water pressure to either RV. They give a 10% discount when using the AF credit (club) card, but don't accept coupons because of the discount. But, we enjoyed our stay, and would return if we were in the area.

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June 8-10, 2014

R.K. left this review using the Directory software: - Stayed here on the way to Alaska. No problem getting our 45' motorhome in or out. Nice clean, campground, friendly, helpful host, and super folks at Outdoor Rec. Had mail forwarded there, no problem. Nice commissary and bx. Will stop there on the way back.

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Sep 2013

Pulled into the park on our way from Alaska heading south for the winter. Very nice park only about 6-7 rigs there. The winds were terrible 30MPH gusting to 50-60 for three days straight, grounded us there for that time, good kite flying wx. Lot's to do around town and overall a nice park, fond memories.

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Sept 2013

Nice FAMCAMP. Being there after Labor Day no doubt made getting a site no problem. I didn't count but I'd say maybe 5 to 8 were available during our stay. Sites large and level. Host was quite pleasant taking care of business but didn't chat much beyond that. Grass was ok, they'd been having rain. WiFi was not to be found on arrival but worked fine the second day. Laundry and restrooms clean, in fact the whole area which is quite extensive was clean. Laundry reasonably priced at $1 each. And the price while maybe high by national FAMCAMP standards is very (very) reasonable by Great Falls standards as I found when I was looking for a fallback in case they were full. I kind of liked having the FAMCAMP right outside the gate. I'd sooner negotiate the barriers with my toad than with the motorhome towing. Few and small facilities on post: BX, commissary, library, dining etc.

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Aug 20-21, 2013

We just spent two nights here and would probably stay again if ever we are back in the area but would not go out of our way to get here. The campground was spotless, the grass dead, the camp host a bit officious, the laundry room clean and a good price. It was quiet as there are no airplanes at this Air Force base. My complaint was that WIFI is advertised but doesn't work. We pulled in, was given a choice of sites, and told to put our money in the payment box. I asked about putting a pen out for our little dog for when we sit outside as she doesn't like to be tied up. I was grudgingly given approval after I convinced the camp host that she would not do her business in the pen. He was concerned that she would ruin the dead grass! We spent about half an hour trying to log on to the internet on each of our electronic devices (one iPhone, one Android phone, the Kindle, and a Mac) and could connect to the signal but could go no further to get onto the Web. I walked down to the camp host and asked if there was a problem or was I doing something wrong. The response was that I was right, it didn't work. Rarely does. Signal is too weak, antenna is too short, and he really didn't seem to care. Others I talked to said it's always that way. I asked who to complain to and was told that if they would let him have comment cards I could write one out and put it in the comment box. Not his fault, but he 1) should have mentioned it when we checked in to save the grief of trying to figure out what was wrong, and, 2) should care enough to talk to someone above him about the issues. Not acceptable. The Outdoor Rec people need to know or maybe even the base commander. If you advertise it, then it should work. Otherwise, don't say you have it.

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Jun 30, 2013 - July 6, 2013

We stay here whenever we travel thru this area and are always grateful if we get one of the few available spots. Again this time, we arrived around noon and got our choice of three pull-thru sites. Yes, the grass was full of dandelions and the wood picnic table was in poor condition (probably stuck outside all winter) but we were there for a military burial and were just content we only paid $130 for a week's stay. The view of fireworks through our windshield was spectacular. All things considered, it wasn't a bad place to be on the 4th of July.

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May 9-12, 2013

M.K. left this review using the Directory software: - This is a nice stopover on the way to Canada/Alaska. Real quiet with only one helicopter flying while I was here. Restrooms and shower were clean, and I didn't spot even one cig butt anywhere in the campground. Oh yeah, the grass was nice and green, and was being watered daily. I would like it less expensive (who wouldn't) but for me it was worth the $24 a day.

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September 9-13, 2012

K.B. left this review using the Directory software: - Very disappointed in the look of the place and the price increase (25%). Have stayed here many times over several years. There used to be lush green grass between sites where picnic tables and bbq's are located. This year there is brown/dead grass and plenty of weeds. A young man (not the host) is mowing the weeds today. His work is not improving the look of the place. One would think that with that big of an increase in price from one year to the next that there would not be a commensurate decrease in livability. Laundry and bathrooms are still very clean and laundry is reasonably priced. In previous years I would have rated this place 4 or 5 across the board. With the price increase and the unwelcoming look of the grounds it ranks much lower. In the past the lack of mature trees was compensated by the lush grass which made sitting out in the evenings very pleasant once the sun had dropped. That is no longer the case.

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Sep 12, 2012

A nice, clean, park in a great location. Bruce, the host was very hospitable.

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14 July 2012

The front campground was full so we stayed in the back camp, on base. Let me tell ya getting in the AF gate with my big fifth wheel was tough! But its okay the front host Mel helped me get to the back camp, he was very nice and friendly, greeted me right away. The back camp host in the back site area was not even available to answer my question! I needed to find the PX and commissary. He must have been sleeping and tired from not cleaning the tiny bathroom cause I'm glad my tax pay money is paying for an invisible host. The very very small toilet looked like a Virgina outhouse and there was no showers and no laundry back there. Dang nice scenery though looking at wheat fields and hills. And I talked to a guy who was the former host Bruce who was there...dang nice fellow as well. Quiet camp too but the fees are too high. I have stayed at nicer rest areas for free! So the good things were Mel and Bruce but I would have been better staying in town or the big camp in front if there was room.

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