Virgelle Mercantile is located 8 miles off U.S. Highway 87 between Great Falls and Havre, Montana.
FROM GREAT FALLS, Montana: Take HWY 87 north & go through the town of Loma. Go 12 miles past Loma, and after passing mile marker 66 take the next gravel road to your right ("Gardiner Road"). There are 2 signs at this turn-off. Our sign says: VIRGELLE MERC ANTIQUES & ACCOMMODATIONS -8 miles. BLM has a sign there for directions to Coal Banks Landing. Follow this gravel road to the river bottom, and when you pass through a concrete underpass, go right ("Virgelle Ferry Road North") 1/8 mile to Virgelle. (~1½ hours travel time)
Note: The sign to "Virgelle Ferry" in Loma will direct you on 19 scenic miles of gravel road, including the historic Lewis & Clark "Decision Point", to the Virgelle Ferry crossing just one mile before the Virgelle Mercantile. Be advised that the ferry hours of operation are as follows, contingent upon river conditions:
Virgelle Ferry Daily Schedule:
FROM HAVRE, Montana: Take HWY 2 west to junction of HWY 87 South, going to Great Falls. After passing through Big Sandy, continue about 7 miles and look for the HWY sign to VIRGELLE. Turn left ("Virgelle Ferry Road North") and travel 8 miles on a gravel road to Virgelle. (~1 hour travel time)