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Camping

The Kootenai National Forest has many developed recreational campgrounds as well as unlimited places to camp in undeveloped areas. Mountain lakes and stream provide pretty settings for that relaxing vacation!

Campground Chart

Camping on the Kootenai National Forest
Camping in the McGregor Lakes area
The Kootenai National Forest has 40 Forest Service campgrounds with a total of 704Recreational Area Map. Click for larger image. units, throughout the forest. Some campgrounds are open year round, others are open during the summer months only. Campground use is heaviest in July and August. The forest also offers thousands of acres  for general dispersed recreation and camping.

Much of the area is accessible by road. Far backcountry and wilderness areas are open to hikers, hunters, fishermen and other foot travel. No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are allowed within designated wilderness areas. 

Forest users should check in with local Forest Service District Offices to get the latest information on current conditions, advisories, and any fire precautions. 

Picnicking available at overnight campsites until 2 pm daily; designated areas also available. 

14-day Stay Limit on all forest campgrounds. Pets must be leashed.
For trail information, please click here.

Trail Info

Chart Key
1 - # of Overnight Campsites
2 - Site Length (RV Use) 
3 - # Pull Throughs (P)
     Tent Pads (T)
4 - Drinking Water Available
     (HP=Hand Pump)
5 - Toilet Type (Flush/Vault)
6 - Boat Ramp Access
     A - Fully Developed
     B - For Small Boats
     C - Pack Boats In
7 - Swimming Beach
      (NO lifeguard)
8 - Fishing Access
      (lake, river or stream)
9 - Disabled Facilities
10 - Campground Host Onsite
Y - Yes (facilities available)
WA - When Accessible
         (reservoir fluctuates)
Open Year-Round: 
Site is available for use, but facilities are offered during managed times only. Restrooms and water may not be available during winter months, but visitors can use facilities without fee. Roads are not plowed for winter access. 

CAMPGROUND CHART
Map 
#
Site Name
Dates Open
Dates
Managed
Fees/
Other
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
 CONTACT: Rexford Ranger District, 1299 Highway 93 N, Eureka, MT 59917, Phone: 406-296-2536
1 Gateway Boat Camp WA 6/1-10/15 Pack In/Out 5 0 V L
2 Swisher Lake 4/15-11/15 5/15-9/30 Pack In/Out 4 0 V C L
3 Tobacco Plains Year Round 4/15-10/15 Pack In/Out 0 # V B L Y
4 Rexford Bench Complex 4/15-11/15 Dump Station ($2)
4       Campground 5/15-10/1 5/15-10/1 $9/sleep unit 54 32+ 6P-10T Y F L Y CH
4       Boat Site Year Round 5/15-10/1 $8 (overflow) 33 32+ Y F A L Y CH
4       Swim Beach 6/1-9/25 6/1-9/25 0 0 Y F Y L Y
4       Kamloops Terrace 6/1-10/1 6/1-10/1 $8.00/site 50 32+ Y F L Y CH
5 Tobacco River Year Round 4/15-10/15 Pack In/Out 6 20 V C R
6 Camp 32 4/15-11/15  4/15-11/15 Pack In/Out 8 20 V S
7 Peck Gulch Year Round 5/15-10/1 $8/site * 75 32+ 4T Y V A L Y CH
8 Rocky Gorge Year Round 6/1-9/30 $8/site 120 32+ Y V A L Y CH
CONTACT: Fortine Ranger District, Highway 93 N, PO Box 116, Fortine, MT 59918, Phone: 406-882-4451
9 Little Therriault Lake Year Round 5/20-10/15 $3/site 6 32 HP V C L Y
10 Big Therriault Lake Year Round 5/20-10/15 $3/site 10 32 HP V C L Y CH
11 Rock Lake Year Round 5/20-10/15 Pack In/Out 5 20 V C L
12 Grave Creek Year Round 5/20-10/15 Pack In/Out 4 20 V S
13 North Dickey Lake Year Round 4/15-12/15 $7/site *  ** 25 20 Y V A Y L Y CH
14 South Dickey Lake Year Round 5/20-10/15 $25/group * 0 # HP V B Y L Y
CONTACT: Three Rivers Ranger District, 1437 N Highway 2, Troy, MT 59935, Phone: 406-295-4693
15 Caribou 4/15-11/15 5/20-9/30 Pack In/Out 3 32 V S
16 Pete Creek Year Round 5/20-9/30 $5/site 12 32 Y V R CH
17 Whitetail Year Round 5/20-9/30 $5/site 12 32 Y V C R CH
18 Red Top Year Round 5/20-9/30 Pack In/Out 5 32 V S
19 Yaak Falls Year Round 5/20-9/30 Pack In/Out 7 32 V R
20 Kilbrennan Lake 4/15-11/30 5/20-9/30 Pack In/Out 7 32 V B L
21 Yaak River Year Round 5/20-9/30 $7/site ($25/group) * 44 32 7P Y V C R Y CH
22 Spar Lake 5/1-11/15 5/20-9/30 Pack In/Out 8 32 Y V B L
23 Dorr Skeels Year Round 5/20-9/30 Pack In/Out 7 32 V A Y L CH
24 Ross Creek Picnic 5/1-11/15 5/20-9/30 Scenic Area 0 # V S Y
25 Bad Medicine 4/1-11/30 5/20-9/30 $7/site 17 32 Y V A L CH
CONTACT: Libby Ranger District, 12557 Highway 37, Libby, MT 59923, Phone: 406-293-7773
26 Loon Lake Year Round 6/1-10/1 Pack In/Out 4 20 V C L
27 Timberlane 6/1-10/1 5/23-10/1 $25 (reserve)* 11 32 Y V S c
28 Barron Creek Ramp Year Round 4/1-12/31 Pack In/Out 15 24 V B L Y
29 McGillivray 5/23-9/15  5/23-9/15 $6/site * ** 50 32 Y F/V A Y L Y CH
30 Yarnell Island WA WA Pack In/Out 8 0 V L
31 Howard Lake 5/26-10/15 6/1-10/1 $5/site 9 20 HP V B Y L Y CH
32 Lake Creek Year Round 6/1-10/1 Pack In/Out 4 32 Y V S
33 Sylvan Lake 5/23-10/15 5/23-10/1 Pack In/Out 5 32 V C L
34 McGregor Lake Year Round 5/23-7/15 $5/site 18 32 Y V B L
CONTACT: Cabinet Ranger District, 2963 Highway 200, Trout Creek, MT 59874, Phone: 406-827-3533
35 Big Eddy Year Round 5/15-9/30 Pack In/Out 3 40+ V A L Y
36 Bull River 4/15-11/30 5/15-9/30 $7/site 26 32 2P Y F/V A Y L Y CH
37 Triangle Pond Year Round 5/15-9/30 Pack In/Out 0 # C Y L Y
38 Marten Creek Year Round 5/15-9/30 Pack In/Out 3 32 V A L Y
39 North Shore 4/15-11/30 5/15-9/30 $6/site 13 40 Y V A Y L Y CH
40 Willow Creek Year Round 5/15-9/30 Pack In/Out 4 20 V S
Some campgrounds have Campground Hosts, volunteers who are there for your assistance.

* Group site reservations available at District Office; rates may vary
# Day Use Only; pull-units not recommended due to space restrictions
** Some sites available through the Nataional Recreation Reservation System (NRRS)

Picnicking available at overnight campsites until 2 pm daily; designated areas also available.
14-day Stay Limit on all forest campgrounds.
Pets must be leashed.

For further information contact:
Kootenai National Forest
506 US Highway 2 West
Libby, MT 59923
(406) 293-6211
http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/

Recreational Sites
Recreational Chart
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