A big holiday weekend and the "camping bug" has bit you.

Where to go on in the Bitterroot National Forest? Plenty of places!

There are two categories for campgrounds - those you reserve ahead of time and those that are "first come-first served."

Reserve your space at www.recreation.gov:

  • Darby/Sula Ranger District:
  • Spring Gulch Campground, Indian Trees Campground, Warm Springs Campground.
  • Stevensville Ranger District:
  • Larry Creek Campground.
  • West Fork Ranger District:
  • Rombo Campground, Alta Campground, Fales Flat Campground.

First Come - First Served Spots.

  • Darby/Sula Ranger District:
  • Lake Como campgrounds, Black Bear Campground, Martin Creek Campground, Jennings Campground, Crazy Creek Campground, Crazy Creek Horse Camp, Schumaker Campground.
  • Stevensville Ranger District:
  • Bass Creek Campground, Blodgett Campground, Gold Creek Campground.
  • West Fork Ranger District:
  • Sam Billings Campground, Slate Creek Campground.

Other notes for the Bitterroot Valley camper:
There's a daily $5 parking charge at Lake Como (season pass is $30).
Magruder Road is closed at Observation Point (snow). Nez Perce Pass is open to Paradise Campground.
Lost Horse Road is open to Twin Lakes, but is rough and rutted. No trailers, and 4-wheel-drive is recommended, but Schumaker Campground is open.

Drinking water is NOT available at most campgrounds. Bring your own.
Fireworks are NOT permitted on forest land.
Put out your campfire. Never leave it unattended.
"Pack it in - pack it out" for garbage.
Check the Bitterroot National Forest websites for more information.