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BLM Mathews Recreation Area

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Matthews Recreation Area is accessed by gravel road and features a number of picnic tables, grills and a covered dining area. The Yellowstone River can be accessed by canoe or kayak; however no improved boat launch facilities are present. Fishing, bird watching and wildlife viewing are frequent activities at this site. Overnight camping is permitted. This is a 'Pack In, Pack Out' area and all garbage must be removed. No fireworks are allowed. Be mindful of seasonal and area fire restrictions.

Individuals or organizations wishing to use the site for group activities maybe required to get a Special Recreation Permit. This depends on the type ofactivity planned, the number of participants and the duration of use.Do yourself and your guests a favor and contact the field office beforehand to check for other scheduled events orcalendaring conflicts. BLM staff need some lead time to prepare the paperwork if a permit is needed. For event scheduling details, contact us at (406) 233-2800.

Facilities: restrooms, picnic tables, fire pits, standing grills, covered picnic area, interpretive kiosk, handicap accessible fishing platform and cement walking path. While there are no dumpsters, there are a few city-maintained garbage bins on site. Please remove your own garbage and do not leave any trash outside of the designated bins.

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BLM Mathews Recreation Area is located in Montana

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Travel 9 miles northeast of Miles City on Valley Drive East. At the sign for Matthews Recreation Area, turn left (Tusler Road), go across the railroad tracks. Follow the road and take a left at the BLM Matthews Recreation Area sign.


46.50230253916269 N
105.73455335941588 W

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2 Reviews

Stacey G.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2024

Nice boondocking

Upto 16 days camping and it is free.

Month of VisitJuly
Beryl A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2024

Free camping

Its a free BLM campground With a camp host on location. Nice scenic location by the river side with boat access.

Month of VisitJuly

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at BLM Mathews Recreation Area?

Yes, according to campers on, fires are allowed at BLM Mathews Recreation Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.