A campground along the Madison River on the Hebgen Lake District.
Camp sites: 73 camp sites
Electrical Sites: 33
Trash Pickup: Yes
Firewood: $6.00 / bundle
No Reservations: This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware the campground may fill up on weekends & holidays during the summer months and you should arrive in the early afternoon to ensure there is a space available for the night.If you would like more information on the campground please contact Yellowstone Country Campgrounds, Inc at (406) 646-1012.
Hebgen Lake Office
P.O. Box 520
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
This place is beautiful and dog friendly! The people there were so nice to us when we arrived and the river was absolutely amazing!
Bakers Hole Campground - A hop skip and jump from Yellowstone NP
Bakers Hole Campground is the perfect spot for a Yellowstone National Park jumping off point. Located just over 3 miles from the park entrance puts you in easy striking distance of just about everything in the park. The campground sits along the Madison river, making it a nice choice if you enjoy fishing. It features paved roads with gravel parking pads, vault toilets, picnic tables and metal fire rings at each site, and most sites have their of bear food storage. This is a first come first served campsite, but just because it doesn't take reservation doesn't mean it will be easy to find a spot, this campground fills up fast. 33 of the 73 sites have electricity. Two fully ADA sites are available. Drinking water is available at several taps located throughout the camp. The friendly camp hosts are almost always on duty and patrolling the camp. They also have firewood for sale if needed. The campground is near the highway but didn't notice to much noise during the night.
Ranger review Outdoor Element's Kodiak Survival Braid
Outdoor Element's Kodiak Survival Braid is a great survival bracelet. A very cleaver idea to place the ferro rod and striker in in the bracelets buckle. It sparks up very nicely making our charred cloth and cotton balls with Vaseline easy to get started. I got the large size which is just a little big, but the medium was not quite big enough. I liked that the Kodiak came with a sample piece of para cord to check out the features in the cord it self. Pulled out the Jute and made a little nest and gave the striker a try and after a few attempts got a spark to take hold and had a fire. With fishing line in the para cord and a hook hidden within this bracelet is all set to save you behind if needed. Will definitely be taking the Kodiak on future outing.
Baker's Hole is located very close to West Yellowstone. This is both a pro and a con -- pro, as it allows you to zip into town if you need some groceries, want to grab a pizza, etc. You can literally be in town in 3 minutes.
The "con" side is that the main road into West is VERY close to many sites within the campground, and the road noise is pretty constant. We had a last minute trip and scored Site #16 (Electric) and while the site itself is great (timbered shade, roomy parking spot for the camper, hammock-friendly trees, food lock box, etc.) it is literally 40-50 yards from the road.
At one point, about 30 Harley's roared by, and I couldn't hear my wife talking to me at the picnic table. Not good…..But, that is the deal if you land in one of the spots nearest the road.
My advice (and plan next time) is to get there early (it is first come/first serve, no reservations) and head directly to the spots closest to the river. Not only does that put you within 10 seconds of fishing, they were a fair bit quieter than those near the road.
The camp hosts check in and drive around in their golf cart frequently, taking care of the place. They do a great job.
All in all, I would recommend this campground, as you have easy access to fishing the Madison, a quick trip to West Yellowstone if needed, or to start a trip in Yellowstone Park.
A few tips:
- Bring bug spray and a citronella candle/Thermacell, etc. anytime in the summer. The mosquitoes can be really bad.
- Bring a hammock; great trees to sling one up can be found at almost every site
- Bring your flyrod!
- Bring bear spray, and be diligent about food prep and storage. This is grizzly country.
It looked like a great place to stay. We got in early, as it is advised in there description. Payed for our sites, just to return at the end of the night just to find others in our spots.
As it turned out the camp host REMOVED our PAID tickets from the post.
When discussed with the man, he was rude and unapologetic.
Not a pleasant way to end your vacation day!!!! This situation could have been handled in a more kind and respectful way. Publicly published words cannot explain how furious we were!
Will definitely stay again. Had a great time and close to both Yellowstone and Hebgen Lake.
Beautiful! On the Madison river! Great space, quiet & fantastic location! West Yellowstone is only 5 minutes away. We traveled into YNP a few days & also up to Big Sky MT! We stayed here an entire week. We moved to an electric site our last night to charge up. We are in a 28’ camper.
Well maintained well laid out campground in epic mountain, tree and bear country. Seriously, there's bears, so be careful
This campground is just minutes away from West Yellowstone and the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. the camp was clean and well maintained. A great recommendation if your visiting Yellowstone National Park.
There are so many trees! It is nice to have the main road in the campground paved. Not to mention, this is a fly fishers paradise!
Just outside the west entrance to Yellowstone (I think it's only 3-4 miles away from the entrance) is a good backup campground in case you can’t get a campsite in the park (a common problem in the summer season). This busy first come, first served campground is run by the Forest Service, so you are really relying on solid campground hosts if you need help (and they were great!). There are 70+ sites with use very mixed, meaning you could have a tent on one side and an RV on the other, however the electric sites are all grouped together along the road and the non-electric sites are along the river. Most of the sites had at least a few trees, some had many, so there will be likely be a spot to hang your hammock. The tent pads were gravel, so they drained well, but not the best for comfort or east of staking. Toilets were clean and there was a nice fishing dock on the river. If you need a shower there is a laundromat on the north edge of West Yellowstone as you come into town that has pay showers.