Location: Barretts, Montana
Type: Bureau of Reclamation
Access: Interstate 15
Coordinates: 45.129966, -112.741144
Elevation: 5,269 feet
Road Conditions: Gravel Road
Phone Coverage: Verizon 3/5; AT&T 3/5
Amenities: Picnic tables, group picnic pavilion, river access, fire pits, vault toilets, trash cans, boat ramp, horseshoe pits, camp host
Barretts Park is a camping and day use area managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Barretts is located on I-15 about eight miles south of Dillon. The park is located on the Beaverhead River.
Camping at Barretts Park is free with a limit of 14 days. Two campsites are clearly marked near the boat ramp. The Montana Office of Tourism website indicates that tent and RV sites are available. Sites do not have hookups, but drinking water, trash cans, and vault toilets are available. A camp host site is designated near the entrance and dam, but a host was not present during the two times we have visited this park.
Cell signal and data speed is good at Barretts Park. Upload speeds were a bit slow, but still usable for uploading video. We had 3 bars out of 5 with both Verizon and AT&T. Our Verizon speed test showed 40.19 Mbps download, 2.44 Mbps upload, and a ping of 125 ms. AT&T had a download speed of 32.6 Mbps, and upload speed of 2.9 Mbps, and a ping of 119 ms.
Barretts Park is located adjacent to I-15 and railroad tracks so you will hear some traffic noise. During the several-day period when we were camped here the train passed only once per day. It is otherwise a lovely park with beautiful river frontage, green grass, cottonwood trees, picnic facilities, and migratory waterfowl.
Access to Barretts Park is convenient from Interstate 15. Take Exit 56 (Barretts) and proceed east. Turn right on the frontage road that parallels I-15 on the east side (it is an immediate right if you are traveling north on I-15). Follow the frontage road south for approximately 1/3 mile, then turn left onto Old State Road. Take an immediate right into the park before crossing the bridge.