Parking: Dunn Creek Flats
There are several free sites around Libby Dam on the Kootenai River, and they are really nice. The river is lovely, the sheriff checks in every day and you can watch the fishers pull in some nice sized trout.
We had some nice conversations with a gentleman who had been full-timing for years in his custom converted horse trailer. His rig is a really nice idea because horse trailers are built so much more robust than a normal RV, and the horse stall area can be used for toys. He kept his motorcycle and beautiful wooden boat (that he built himself) in there. If we hadn’t needed the ability to pull the sailboat, I think we would have gone with a similar solution.
We went motorcycle riding up to the dam and along Lake Koocanusa. Despite it being a weekend, there was almost no one on the road or in the primitive camping sites. Then we stopped at the RV park at the marina (just to have a look around), and apparently that’s where ALL the tourists go. It was PACKED with people. We were flummoxed. There are so many beautiful, peaceful places around, but folk were choosing to pay to be in the crowd. Oh well, more free space for us!
There were rules posted all over about keeping dogs on a 6′ leash or keeping them fully restrained (and not allowing them to impede the enjoyment of the land by others). We went on a walk over to the dumpster, and at the site 100′ away come two aggressive dogs straight at us. We just stopped cold while the owner ineffectually kept calling out to them to “git over here.” They continued to growl and get closer and closer to us until I was sure we were going to have to kick at them (we had left the pepper spray and camera in the RV) when the owner was finally able to catch them. I do not care if you think your dogs are “just playing” – I do not want your beasts touching me. Keep them inside if you cannot keep control of them. Next time, they either get sprayed, shot or reported.