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Black Bear Campground


National Forest

Located on the banks of Skalkaho Creek, Black Bear Campground hosts 6 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and a vault toilet. There is no garbage service so Pack it in/Pack it out. Campground can accommodate RV's or trailers to 50'.

Reservation Info

Camping limited to 16 consecutive days. Quiet hours: 10:00pm to 6:00am. Pets must be leashed. No garbage service so pack it in/pack it out.

Campfires allowed depending on Fire Danger level and other possible restrictions.

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Black Bear Campground is located in Montana

Detail location of campground


From Hamilton travel 2 miles south on Highway 93. Turn east (left) on Skalkaho Highway 38. Follow Skalkaho Highway 38 12.9 miles, turn south (right) at Black Bear Campground.


46.166033 N
113.92453 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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  • Standard (Tent/RV)


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  • Toilets

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  • Big Rig Friendly


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3 Reviews

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2023


Gret place to get away, fish, hike, or just enjoy mother nature.

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2023

Secluded rustic site close to Hamilton

Secluded, rustic, and free campsite by Skalkaho Creek. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. This campsite is first-come, first-served. We arrived here around 6:00 on a Friday night in June and plenty of spots were still available. The sites feel very private. There were groups staying at the sites on either side of us, but we barely heard them. My one complaint is that there’s only one vault toilet, so a lot of sites are far from the restroom.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Black Bear Campground by Ana A., June 12, 2023
  • Review photo of Black Bear Campground by Ana A., June 12, 2023
Jeffrey R.
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2023

Quiet, small campground

Although right off the road, there isn't much road noise due to not much traffic. You have access to the creek with most sites(look for the trail in the back of your site). Bugs can be an issue in season, so keep that in mind. 

It looks like you could get an RV in here with no issue... but there are no hookups of any kind, no potable water, and no trash service so pack it out.

I prefer secluded/private places. I would definitely come back.

Month of VisitSeptember

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Black Bear Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on, Black Bear Campground does not have wifi.