Location: Columbus, Montana
Type: City Park
Access: Interstate 90, Exit 408
Coordinates: 45.629396, -109.253261
Elevation: 3,500 Feet
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 3-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 10 Days
Fee: Free. Donations accepted.
Amenities: Restrooms with cold water and toilets (seasonal), picnic tables and fire rings at sites, river access, boat ramp, and dumpster for trash disposal.
Itch-Kep-Pe Park is a city-operated park in Columbus, Montana. The park has approximately 30 sites for tent, van, or RV camping. All sites are dry camping only.
Itch-Kep-Pe Park is populated with large Cottonwood trees. Most sites have at least partial shade, while some sites also have grass. There are picnic tables and fire rings available at most sites as well.
The park is divided into two sections that are connected by a gravel road. Both sections are on the Yellowstone River. Visitors with larger vehicles may find the first section that is closest to the road to be easier as the sites are larger and more open. The only restrooms are also in the first section, though there may be a vault toilet available in the second section.
Since this is a city park, it is maintained regularly and is patrolled by Columbus Police Department. Summer months are the busiest time, but the park is open year-round (restrooms are closed during winter). There is usually a spike in local traffic around noon and another around dusk as boaters are leaving for the day.
Reservations are not accepted at Itch-Kep-Pe Park. All sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Columbus is a small town with a population of about 2,000. The town has a large IGA grocery store, several auto parts stores, and other basic services. The closest Walmart is 26 miles to the east in Laurel. Billings, which is about 40 miles east of Columbus, is the largest city in Montana and has two Walmart stores and numerous services.
Take Exit 408 off Interstate 90 at Columbus. Follow Highway 78 south toward Absarokee.
Highway 78 will turn twice between Interstate 90 and Itch-Kep-Pe Park. Turn right at the intersection of Old Highway 10 which is approximately 0.8 miles from Interstate 90, and then proceed on Old Highway 10/Highway 78/East Pike Avenue for 0.2 miles. Turn left to follow Highway 78. Proceed south for 0,5 miles.
Itch-Kep-Pe Park is on the east side of Highway 78 just north of the Yellowstone River. Traveling from Interstate 90 and Columbus, the park will be on the left side of Highway 78.