Beaver Creek Campground is located near the Madison River and Earthquake Lake, less than 30 minutes from West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, boating and hiking opportunities, as well as its close proximity to Yellowstone.
Earthquake Lake offers fishing and canoeing and can be accessed via trails from within the campground, or less than a mile away on the highway. A visitor center is nearby, with interpretive displays, as well as information on the 1959 earthquake and subsequent landslide that formed the lake.
Hebgen Lake is considered Montana's premier still-water fishing lake. Anglers will find a healthy population of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Boating and swimming are popular activities on the lake.
The Cabin Creek Trail begins at nearby Cabin Creek Campground. This 6-mile trail is open to hikers and horseback riders.
The campground offers several single-family sites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water, food storage lockers and trash collection are provided.
The campground is situated on a hillside above the Madison River and Earthquake Lake. Hebgen Lake is also nearby. A forest of pine, Douglas fir and aspen forest the campground. Plentiful grasses and summer wildflowers cover the forest floor.
West Yellowstone offers dining, shopping and lodging options. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a popular attraction, with live grizzlies, gray wolves and birds of prey, and a variety of educational exhibits and programs.
Yellowstone National Park offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, breathtaking scenery and unique geological features.
ADA Access: N
Depending on the loop, this is a nice site. Our reservation was for B2,3 which were down in a heavily treed section with no sun. We stayed here Memorial Day weekend so it was still sleeting and chilly. Camp hosts were very accommodating and moved us to B12, with sun and a view too. Campground was not full (likely due to Covid and travel restrictions in MT). It was quiet, spacious between campsites, especially B9-12. C loop was very nice as well. No designated tent site, we were able to pitch on grass. Fire ring and picnic table. Bathrooms were VERY clean, hand sanitizer was restocked daily. Earthquake Lake is just down the road, but closed for Covid restrictions.
If this campground is full, you might try the dispersed camping that is also named Beaver Creek, on the N side of the road. Turn to Beaver creek, a dirt road that goes back 6 miles through a few trail heads. There are 6 spots, none bad but some better than others. If you find one, take it. Some people stay for many many days down here. Free.
Forested campground 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park
Beaver Creek Campground is the good spot for a Yellowstone National Park jumping off point. Located 30 minutes form the park the distance improves your chances of finding a campsite in the busy season. The campground sits above Quake Lake, if you enjoy fishing there is a steep trail leading to the lake from the“A” loop, however there is no boat launch at the campground, you will need to drive a½ mile down the highway to find a boat launch for the lake. The campground features paved roads with gravel parking pads, vault toilets, picnic tables and metal fire rings at each site, and their are bear proof food storage if you need it, but you might need to share space with another spot. Campsite can be reserved. The campground has 62 sites spreed apart in 3 loops. Two fully ADA sites are available. Drinking water is available at three locations in each loop. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful, they also have firewood for sale if needed for$6 A word of caution about the road driving in. The road is paved but narrow, so drive slow and watch out for cars.
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This was a nice spot and has a trail that goes down to quake lake. However the camp at the host shook me down! For one night with two sites and 4 cars he charged me $90 and continually came by to harass us! Would go back if he is no longer there.
Lots of available sites. Not far from Yellowstone. Room for large tents. We had an 8 x 15 tent. Camp host was extremely helpful. You can buy wood from host. No showers. Toilets are vault toilets but extremely clean. Nice place to stay for $15 a night.
Such a beautiful area. The sites are nice with distance in between them. The grounds were extremely well maintained. We stayed in loop A because we wanted to be close to Earthquake Lake. Very cool history there. Many lakes around to boat or kayak. There was a mother moose and baby that we were warned about by the camp hosts, but we did not have any run ins with them. We will for sure stay here again!
After spending the day driving between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, we were anxious to arrive, set up camp and crack a beer. Unfortunately, our plans of an early arrival were delayed significantly due to animals near and or/on the road leaving on the park. Oh well - if you’re going to be stuck in slow traffic, Yellowstone is the place to do it!
From West Yellowstone, the campground is about a half hour drive along the beautiful Hebgen Lake. The camp hosts were very kind and accommodating. They gave us a few tips about tenting in bear country, and advised us to look out for a few moose who inhabit the grounds.
Our site (C22) was surprisingly quiet and secluded despite being in the middle of the loop. While we didn’t have our own bear locker, there was one nearby which appeared to be communal. Our site was large, with lots of options for tent placement, and a nice picnic table. Don’t forget to pack bug/bear spray!
About 25 minutes outside of West Yellowstone, MT, this campground is tucked away along the Madison River between Hebgen Lake and Earthquake Lake. This was a busy campground with nearly every site full (holiday week close to Yellowstone National Park). There was a nice trail from loop A that allowed us to access Earthquake Lake. We also hiked off trail on our own and could easily get to the Madison River and stay close to the campsite. Numerous bathrooms, bear proof trash bins, and bear storage lockers. Camp host was very friendly and sold firewood either at their site or would drive around the campground 6-7pm offering wood. Each site had a parking spot for 2 vehicles, fire ring, picnic table, and tent location. Only needed to travel 0.5-1 mile on a gravel road but could easily get back to town for groceries, etc. Gorgeous drive along the lakes and rivers to access campground. Earthquake Lake Visitor Center is only a few miles down the road and offers a nice history on the natural disaster that caused "Quake Lake" to form.
we arrived at this campsite around 4:30 on a Friday in June. There are three large loops, each with plenty of sites of pretty good size. Loop A was mostly reserved, while Loops B and C were practically empty. The sites are well maintained, bathrooms are clean and all are close to water for some awesome fishing. There is a free campsite maybe a mile towards the West Yellowstone entrance on the opposite side of the road on Beaver Creek Road. This site does charge a fee.
Located in the Gallatin National Forest and a few miles northwest of Yellowstone, this area is part of the migration path for many wild animals – including grizzly and brown bears. The 9 campsites are spread across a 4.5-mile dirt road, with trailheads in between. There are minimal utilities at the campgrounds: campfire rings and parking for 1-2 vehicles, no bathrooms, spotty cell service, and no fee for camping. Rated a four star because of location of campsites are in the canyon, making for an early sunset and late sunrise. Beaver Creek is clear and cold water - excellent for fishing! Remeber - be bear aware!