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Established Camping

Bad Medicine Campground

About

National Forest

Kootenai National Forest

The Bad Medicine Campground is located 25 miles south of Troy on Hwy 56, at the south end of Bull Lake.The campground has 18 sites including one host site, with tables and fire rings, most offering an average length of 32'. Campground roads and campsite parking spurs are paved. Amenities include__potable water, vault toilets and a fully developed boat ramp with dock. There are 6 picnic sites with tables and fire rings near the boat ramp for day use only.__A security gate is closed at 10:00 pm and opened at 07:00 am daily be the camphost.

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Location

Bad Medicine Campground is located in Montana

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Coordinates

48.15434 N
115.86945 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Poor
  • AT&T
    Fair
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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9 Reviews

Nancy C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2021

Peaceful forest

All the sites are tree shaded as this cg is in a dense forest. No views of the lake, but beautiful lake access. No cell service even with a booster. This is never a problem for us. We have a 30 ft class A, with a tow. Unhooked it before attempting to find a site was necessary. Water spicket available and vault toilets. In the area, check out the Kootenai Falls and swinging bridge. Beautiful aqua water rushing over the rocks. Wow! Also, Ross Creek Cedars (giant cedars) was well worth a visit.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Nancy C., September 29, 2021
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Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

Shaded camp sites

This was a decent camp ground for passing though the area. Trees and mostly dirt grounds with little vegetation. Quiet with plenty of space, but tent pads were not as level as other camp grounds. Facilities were also not as good. Average vault toilet, water available, but had to walk up to the entrance for garbage. It was a great location to stay and then drive to Ross Creek Cedar trail which is a short hall through amazing old growth cedars

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Month of VisitAugust
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 2, 2021

Quiet campground on a beautiful lake

The lakeside campsites were perfect!  We spent the week there, enjoying the water and nearby hiking.  Nice spacious sites with good shade.  Will definitely camp there again!

Judy T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2020

Surrounded by big trees

We stayed here mid-September, 2020. It is close to the Ross Cedars just up the narrow road. This is a wooded campground where not much light gets in. But, it feels woodsy, no claustrophobic. We were worried about grizzlies but the camp hostess said there weren’t any there. This is a USFS campground so your Senior Pass cuts the $16 camping fee in half. I would imagine Bull Lake to be beautiful but the smoke from fires obscured it in a haze.

There were vault toilets and water spigots. I have found that USFS campgrounds in this area of NW Montana to have some of the best tasting water. It is quiet being far enough off a little traveled highway.

  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Judy T., November 25, 2020
Natascha A.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2019

Waterfront access on very private lake!

Bad Medicine was just what the Dr ordered for us over the 4th of July! Very rural location. 30 minutes, at least, to closest store, so there weren’t many people there. Excellent for doing your own fireworks 💥 

Amenities were lacking unfortunately.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Natascha A., August 28, 2019
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Natascha A., August 28, 2019
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Natascha A., August 28, 2019
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Tom K.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2019

Wonderful

This once "hidden gem" campground is growing more popular because it is absolutely astounding. The Views of the Cabinet Mountains and Bull Lake are stunning and the location of the campground is perfect, IMO. The pit toilets were clean, the sites are well taken care of, and the ability for activity is great. As others have said you do have direct access to Bull Lake and the hiking is just a short drive to an Ancient Giant Cedar Grove. You are in bear and Grizzly country here though so keeping food locked up is a must. One final note, they tell you to raise your hood due to pack rats getting in your engine compartment.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Tom K., August 27, 2019
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Tom K., August 27, 2019
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Tom K., August 27, 2019
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Emily B.
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2019

Perfect!

Amazing views of Bull Lake. We went in late July and there were a few sites left when we arrived. The camp volunteer is super sweet! Awesome stay.

Tom S.
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2018

Doorstep of Ross Creek Cedars

On the south shore of picturesque Bull Lake, the campground gives quick access to the breathtaking Ross Creek cedars. The facility is well maintained by the camp host. Several of the sites give access to the lake, and the boat launch/swimming area is a very short walk in the Day Use area. Please note the roadways within the campground are very narrow. They can be maneuvered by even large rigs, but take care. Peaceful and Beautiful!

  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Tom S., June 27, 2018
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Tom S., June 27, 2018
Francie M.
Reviewed May. 3, 2018

Bull Lake MT Camping

This campground is operated by the US Forest Service and it is hosted from May to Sept. During thoes months it is $10 a night. HOWEVER, it is open year round wether and road closures considered. There are 18 campsites and the roads and site parking is paved. Other amenities include vault toilets, potable water spicgots and picnic tbles. And that is all, excepted for magnificent views. This is the Bull River Valley of western Montana after all. More to the point, just down the road a few miles is an Ancient Cedar Forest and there is a boat launch and dock nearby for Bull Lake access.

Drawbacks are the possibility that wildfires might limit access in late summer. Mosquitoes and the fact that the nearest camp store with ice, gasoline and provisions is 25 miles away in Troy. But seriously, an Ancient Cedar Forest…

We stayed here in early October. The days were short and cold and we were tent camping, but there was spectacular lake access for our canoe.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Francie M., May 3, 2018
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Francie M., May 3, 2018
  • Review photo of Bad Medicine Campground by Francie M., May 3, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Bad Medicine Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Bad Medicine Campground does not have wifi.