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GALLATIN


United States Department of Agriculture


CAMPGROUND

& PICNIC AREA

GUIDE

R1-97-104 Revised 2010





Welcome to the Gallatin National Forest
To ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, please remember:





Camping is limited to 16 days in any one campground or location.



Dispose of garbage appropriately. Keep Montana’s waters clean by disposing of dishwater far away from any water source.


Keep a clean camp. Store all food and wildlife attractants properly. Food Storage Order requirements are in effect Forest-wide. The safety of others depends upon you!!





If recycling receptacles are not provided, we encourage you to bring your recyclables to community centers.



Camping with stock is not allowed in most developed campgrounds. Call the local ranger districts for more information, or check our web site.




Dispersed campers must camp at least ¼ mile away from developed campgrounds.



Be aware that natural hazards exist, even in developed campgrounds and recreation sites.


Firework and other explosives are prohibited in the national forest.
No discharging of firearms in or near a developed recreation site.






For information and photos of these sites, see our website,

www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin

AREAS NEAR BIG TIMBER, MONTANA

Contact the Yellowstone Ranger District, Big Timber Office, Highway 10 East, PO Box 1130, Big Timber, MT 59011-1130 (406) 932-5155


EAST CRAZY MOUNTAINS: These impressive jutting mountains run almost 25 miles north to south, rising above the Montana prairie to a lofty 11,214 feet atop Crazy Peak. The area provides habitat for many animals, notably black bear and mountain sheep. Hiking trails lead to magnificent high mountain lakes and peaks.

Sites: Big Timber Canyon Picnic Area

Halfmoon Campground and Picnic Area



MAIN BOULDER RIVER CORRIDOR: South of Big Timber, the Main Boulder River corridor offers countless recreation opportunities from exploring a water sculpted canyon with a disappearing river and one of the earliest and now historic ranger stations in Montana to picnicking, camping, hiking, horse and ATV trails, as well as world class trout fishing. Access this area on the unpaved county road that winds though the forested river canyon with mountains in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness rising dramatically on both sides.
Sites: Aspen Campground Hells Canyon Campground

Big Beaver Campground Hicks Parks Campground

Chippy Park Campground Natural Bridge Picnic Area

Falls Creek Campground Shipping Corral Picnic Area



WEST BOULDER RIVER AREA: The West Boulder River affords superb trout fishing and nearby opportunities for hiking, horse and ATV riding through its surrounding forests of aspen and lodgepole pine. The turnoff is 16 miles south of Big Timber on US Hwy 298. The West Boulder also serves as a portal to the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.
Site: West Boulder Campground

EAST BOULDER RIVER AREA: Southwest of Big Timber, the East Boulder River corridor offers the gamut of recreational opportunities from camping and fishing to trails for hiking, horse and ATV use.
Site: East Boulder Campground

AREAS NEAR BOZEMAN, MONTANA

Contact the Bozeman Ranger District, 3710 Fallon Street Suite C, Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 522-2520

For these sites, reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service, toll-free 877-444-6777

Internet: www.recreation.gov



GALLATIN CANYON: This beautiful mountain river canyon is between West Yellowstone and Bozeman. The Gallatin Range is on the east and the Madison Range is on the west of the scenic Highway 191 that follows the Gallatin River. Many river access points, trailheads, pull-outs, and fishing spots are found here. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, and camping are some of the opportunities that await you. Treat yourself to some leisure time by the river or a hike in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.
Sites: Greek Creek Campground  Spanish Creek Picnic Area

Moose Creek Flat Campground and Picnic Area  Spire Rock Campground 

Moose Creek Group Site  Swan Creek Campground 

Red Cliff Campground 



HYALITE CANYON: Want to camp near a lake? Like waterfalls? Hyalite Canyon, just a few miles south of Bozeman is a wonderful area for a fun family get-away. Boating, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking are a few of the activities you can enjoy here. Try the short hike to the spectacular Palisade Falls.
Sites: Blackmore Picnic Area and Boat Launch Langohr Campground 

Chisholm Campground  Palisade Falls Picnic Area 

Hood Creek Campground and Group Picnic Area  Lower Hyalite Group Site

BRIDGER AND BANGTAIL MOUNTAINS: Just north of Bozeman, these mountain ranges offer a multitude of recreational opportunities for virtually every type of user. In the fall, the Bridger Range hosts the largest concentration of migrating golden eagles in the lower 48 states.

Sites: Battleridge Campground and Picnic Area

Fairy Lake Campground




AREAS NEAR GARDINER, MONTANA

Contact the Gardiner Ranger District, Highway 89 South, PO Box 5, Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7375



BEARTOOTH COUNTRY: Gateway to the unmatched Beartooth Mountain country and the start of the Beartooth Scenic Byway, the Cooke City area affords a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Blue-ribbon fishing can be found in the Clarks Fork River, and trails climbing to the multitude of lakes and peaks of the vast alpine Beartooth plateau begin nearby.
Sites: Chief Joseph Group Campground Colter Campground

Clarks Fork Picnic Area Soda Butte Campground



YELLOWSTONE RIVER: A fisherman and floater’s paradise, recreation sites along the Yellowstone River afford easy access to great trout fishing and rafting, as well as favored spots for all kinds of family fun by the water. Adjacent to the Sphinx Creek Picnic Area, at the Yankee Jim Canyon Historic Interpretive Site, you can learn about and follow portions of the different transportation routes to Yellowstone National Park that have used this historic travelway.
Sites: Canyon Campground Sphinx Creek Picnic Area

Cinnabar Picnic Area Yankee Jim Picnic Area

LaDuke Picnic Area

GALLATIN MOUNTAINS: A bit off-the-beaten path is Tom Miner Basin. Camp here in the quiet secluded setting adjacent to the Gallatin Petrified Forest and a trailhead leading to miles of spectacular hiking atop the Gallatin Crest.
Site: Tom Miner Campground

WEST ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS: Just north above Gardiner, the Eagle Creek and Bear Creek drainages drop out of the Absaroka Mountains. An active beaver pond will entertain you at Eagle Creek, while the two upper sites offer the seclusion of dense forest and trail access to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Sites: Bear Creek Campground Timber Camp Campground

Eagle Creek Campground




AREAS NEAR LIVINGSTON MONTANA

Contact the Yellowstone Ranger District, Livingston Office, 5242 Highway 89 South, Livingston, MT 59047 (406) 222-1892


 For these sites, reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service, toll-free 877-444-6777

Internet: www.recreation.gov



WEST CRAZY MOUNTAINS: The West Crazies overlook the agricultural Shields Valley. The southern portion of the range offers trails to high glacial lake basins frequented by mountain goats. The northern end provides opportunities for scenic drives and motorized recreation.
Site: Shields River Campground

WEST ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS: Rising majestically from the east side of Paradise Valley are the West Absarokas. Much of the area is in the Beartooth wilderness. The snow-capped peaks offer trails with a range of difficulties for the hiker or horseback rider. A few easy hikes lead to beautiful waterfalls.
Sites: Pine Creek Campground and Picnic Area  Suce Creek Picnic Area

Snowbank Campground 



AREAS NEAR WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

Contact the Hebgen Lake Ranger District, 330 Gallatin Road, PO Box 520, West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 823-6961


 For these sites, reservation are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service, toll free 877 444-6777

Internet: www.recreation.gov




HEBGEN LAKE: The Hebgen Lake area offers campgrounds and picnic areas with excellent fishing and boating opportunities for the water enthusiast.

Sites: Cherry Creek Campground Rainbow Point Campground

Lonesomehurst Campground Spring Creek Campground

Hebgen Dam Picnic Area Spring Creek Extension (Dispersed Group Camping)

West Shore Dispersed Camping Areas


MADISON RIVER: Steep mountains, blue ribbon trout streams, and a wealth of wildlife and colorful wildflowers are here for you to enjoy in the Madison River Canyon. Learn about the catastrophic 1959 earthquake at the Quake Lake Visitor Center.
Sites: Baker’s Hole Campground Cabin Creek Campground

Beaver Creek Campground  Quake Lake Picnic Area and Visitor Center

Ghost Village Picnic Area Beaver Creek Designated Dispersed Camping Areas
GALLATIN RIVER: Recreational paradise for camping, hunting and hiking with panoramic views of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area to the south and the east and Yellowstone National Park to the west and south.

Sites: Taylor Fork Designated Dispersed Camping Areas





GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST

Campgrounds and Picnic Areas
(in alphabetical order)
 Sites available for reservation

www.recreation.gov

DATES OPEN

(approximate)

FEE 1st VEHICLE

/

EXTRA VEHICLE

WATER

ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES


# OF SITES

# OF SITES WITH ELECTRIC HOOKUPS
EXTRA FEE

TRAILER / RV SITES

LARGEST PARKING SPUR

FIREWOOD

PRICE PER BUNDLE

Reservations
www.recreation.gov

(877) 444-6777



Aspen CG [Main Boulder] – 25 mi S of Big Timber on US 298, 8.5 mi S on Main Boulder Rd (Cty Rd 212)

(Access road not suitable for vehicles longer than 32’)



All year

$5

Memorial Day

thru


Labor Day

Toilet

8


20’ x 42

No

No

Baker’s Hole CG [Madison River] – 3 mi N of West Yellowstone on US 191(National Recreation Passports not applicable toward electric or additional vehicle fees)

5/15 – 9/15

Weather dependent



$16 / $6


Yes

Toilet

(2-sites)


73

33 electric sites/ add $6



25’ x 75

$6

No

Battle Ridge CG [Bridger Mountains] – 22 mi N of Bozeman on MT 86

5/15 – 9/15

Weather Dependent



None

Yes

None

13



12’ x 30

No

No

Battle Ridge Picnic Area [Bridger Mountains] – 22 mi N of Bozeman on MT 86

5/15 – 9/15

Weather Dependent



None

Yes

None

1




Open parking

No

No

Bear Creek CG [West Absaroka Mountains] – 5 mi NE of Gardiner on Jardine Rd,5.5 mi on Bear Creek Rd (Forest Rd 493)(Access road not suitable for vehicles longer than 21’)

6/15 – 10/31

Weather dependent



None

No

None


4




Open parking

No

No

Beaver Creek CG [Hebgen Lake] – 8 mi N of West Yellowstone on US 191, then16 mi W on US 287 (National Recreation Passports not applicable toward additional vehicle fees) 

6/10 – 9/10

Weather dependent



$14 / $6

Yes

Toilet

(2 Sites – C Loop)



64




22’ x 30

$6

Yes

Beaver Creek Road (FS Road 985) – 8 miles N of West Yellowstone on US HWY 191, then 14.5 mi on US 287. Primitive sites located along Beaver Creek Road for 4 miles; Camping in designated (graveled) sites ONLY.

All Year

Weather Dependent



None

No

None

8




2 small trailers/ per site

No

No

Big Beaver CG [Main Boulder] – 25 mi S of Big Timber on US 298, 8 mi S on Main Boulder Rd (Cty Rd 212)

(Access road not suitable for vehicles longer than 32’)


All year

None

No

Toilet

5




27’ x 42

No

No

Big Timber Canyon Picnic Area [East Crazy Mountains)] – 11 mi N of Big Timber on US 191,, 8 mi W on Big Timber Canyon Rd

All year

None

No

Toilet

Disperse




Open parking

No

No

GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST

Campgrounds and Picnic Areas
(in alphabetical order)
 Sites available for reservation

www.recreation.gov

DATES OPEN

(approximate)

FEE 1st VEHICLE

/

EXTRA VEHICLE

WATER

ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES



# OF SITES

# OF SITES WITH ELECTRIC HOOKUPS

EXTRA FEE


TRAILER / RV SITES

LARGEST PARKING SPUR

FIREWOOD

PRICE PER BUNDLE

Reservations
www.recreation.gov

(877) 444-6777



Blackmore Picnic Area [Hyalite Canyon] – 16 mi S of Bozeman on Hyalite Canyon Rd

5/15 – 9/15

None

No

Toilets

4 Sites


8




Open parking

No

No

Cabin Creek CG [Madison River] – 8 mi N of West Yellowstone on US 191, then14 mi W on US 287 (National Recreation Passports not applicable toward additional vehicle fees) 

5/15 – 9/15

Weather dependent



$14 / $6

Yes

Fire grates

Tables


Toilet

1 Site


15




22’ x 30

$6

YES

Canyon CG [Yellowstone River] – 16 mi N of Gardiner on US 89(Campground roads not suitable for vehicles longer than 48’)


All year

$7 / $3

No

Fire grates

Tables


Toilet

18




12’ x 50

No

No

Cherry Creek CG [Hebgen Lake] – 8 mi W of West Yellowstone on US 20, then 6 mi N on Denny Creek rd (Hebgen Lake rd-Forest Service rd 167)

5/1 – 12/1

Weather Dependent



None

No

Toilet-not ADA approved

6




2 small trailers/ per site

No

No

Chief Joseph CG [Beartooth Country] – 4 mi E of Cooke City on US 212(Access road not suitable for vehicles longer than 42’)MAY BE CLOSED FOR RECONSTRUCTION – CHECK WITH GARDINER DISTRICT

7/15 – 9/30

Weather dependent



$8 / $3

Yes

Fire grates

Tables


Toilet

6




22’ x 60

No

No

Chippy Park CG [Main Boulder] – 25 mi S of Big Timber on US 298, 9.5 mi S on Main Boulder Rd (Cty Rd 212)(Access road not suitable for vehicles longer than 32’)


All Year

$5

Memorial Day

thru


Labor Day

2 Toilets

Tables


Firegrates

7




12’ x42

No

No

Chisholm CG [Hyalite Canyon] – 18 mi S of Bozeman on Hyalite Canyon Rd 

5/15 – 9/25

$14 / $6

Yes

Toilet

10




14’ x 60

28’ x 35



$4

Yes




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