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Established Camping

Charles Waters Campground

About

National Forest

Bitterroot National Forest

The Charles Waters campground is paved asphalt with 26 campsites plus one double site, including 4 pull-through, one bicycle site, and one horse site; there is also one accessible site with electric hook-up.__ The campground also has water; accessible vault toilets; open meadow for activities and can accommodate RV's or trailers to 70 feet. __Please note that the bicycle site and horse site are reserved for those users until 6 p.m. daily after which time if no one is occupying them then they are considered available on a first come first served basis. __A campground host is available Memorial Day through Labor Day.Also associated with the Charles Waters Campground is the Bass Creek Recreation Area.__ This recreation area includes four picnic sites; an interpretive nature trail; fire ecology trail and numerous trailheads to hiking, biking and stock routes with access to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.__ The Larry Creek Group Site is located within the Bass Creek Recreation Area, this large overnight group site is available for reservation through Recreation.gov. __The gate will close to the Larry Creek Group Site on Dec. 1.__For more information please contact the Stevensville Ranger District at (406) 777-5461.__

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Location

Charles Waters Campground is located in Montana

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Stevensville take the Stevi cut-off road to Highway 93. Travel north 3.7 miles and turn west (left) onto Bass Creek Rd. Travel approximately 2 miles to the campground.

Coordinates

46.575266 N
114.140839 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

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

Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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14 Reviews

L
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2023

Very Relaxing

We decided to stop in the Bitterroot Valley and the Charles Waters CG for our needs. Clean, treed space with the creek running behind. Extremely peaceful and just what we needed after a super long, hot day. Quiet campground. We did need to change sites as Site 4 had a very large and active red/black ant nest next to the fire ring and picnic table.

We got in around 6pm on a Sunday night. There were multiple sites still open.

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Month of VisitAugust
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  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Lisa C., July 24, 2023
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Steve O.
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2023

Perfect location

Spent several one nighter’s here. Quiet and beautiful. Lots and f trail for hiking. Close enough to Missoula or the other communities in the bitterroot valley.

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Steve O., June 16, 2023
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Steve O., June 16, 2023
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Terrance R.
Reviewed May. 17, 2023

Great nature

This is definitely 1 of the top 5 in the area even as a usfs camp ground and price. Sites are well spaced, plenty of privacy and greenery, tons of nature, sound of a run off river coming down through the camp, there is a camp host on site as well as paved road and restrooms as well as water fountains. There is tons of trails for hiking, horse back and driving as well as tons of stream access only down fall is not really for fishing.

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Month of VisitJune
T
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2022

Beautiful campground!

This is a National Forest campground about 25 miles from Missoula. The bathrooms are vaulted toilets and they were spacious and VERY clean. Our site was HUGE and so beautiful. Bass Creek was maybe 50 yards from the camper and is so clear! Fishing wouldn't be great at that location, as the creek is fairly shallow. The parking spot for the camper was super level asphalt, and plenty Ling enough for our 33.5' fifth wheel. Due to lower branches on the drive through the campground, we wouldn't recommend higher profile rigs. Ours sits at 13', and we felt that anything much taller than that might have clearance issues. There's a group spot for 12-20 people, as well as a spot for bicycle camping. There are some amazing trails for hiking, biking, and also horses. We really enjoyed this area!

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Month of VisitJuly
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Steve O.
Reviewed May. 10, 2022

Great little spot

Spent an overnight here. Very clean and updated. Close proximity to trials and hywy 93.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Steve O., May 10, 2022
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Steve O., May 10, 2022
Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

Quiet camping in the Bitterroots.

Nice little campground in the Bitterroot Valley. It seemed that there were as many dogs as people in the campground. Sites varied in size and shape and shade. I like the sites on the far side of the loop as they are closer to the creek and away from the dusty road. Water at the spigots was good, but I was a bit concerned that they were placed so close to the vault toilets. There are some pull through sites as well as back in, but since it’s first come, it’s luck of the draw in what you get. I got there around 2 on a Sunday and had 3 sites to pick from. All of the sites were full by 4pm. There are some nice hiking and horseback riding trails across the road, and there is a forest road that goes all the way to the top of the mountains with picnic tables to watch the sunset or sunrise (when the smoke doesn’t cloud the view).

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Annie C., July 12, 2021
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Annie C., July 12, 2021
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Always C.
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2021

Nice

Paved level sites. Water and trash bins. Beautiful area lots of trails. First come first serve. Senior discount $7.50 a night.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Always C., June 19, 2021
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Always C., June 19, 2021
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Thom S.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2021

Great campground!

Memorial day weekend 2021 fee $15 / night . Clean vault toilets...good well water lots of space between sites. Our only misfortune was Hotshot crews and Helicopters were practicing repelling all weekend in the forest around the campground.

Site17
Month of VisitJune
Joe H.
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2020

Peaceful

Nice campground $10 night, paved campground sites spaced apart nicely no water or power but for $10 expected. Close to towns for supplies, pit toilets clean eat hiking trail

T
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2020

Peaceful, Quiet, Easy Access

Paves roads, large sites, (sloped, not level) very friendly hosts, water spigots throughout, pit toilets, cement picnic tables. We love the fact that you can hear the cascading water at the sites, peaceful. 16 day stay limit, $10 per night.

R
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2020

Great Spot!

Great for tent camping, there are several spots with trails leading to Bass Creek. Recreational area, picnic tables, fire pits, bathrooms, and about 10 minutes from Florence MT.

  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Rene S., June 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Rene S., June 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Rene S., June 1, 2020
R
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2019

Can’t be reserved

Very nice campground all sites paved but the sites can’t be reserved whole campground is a first come first served basis so if it is a planned stop try to get there by noon.

Jess W.
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2019

Private campsites, peaceful even on weekend

Plenty of open sites M-Th, even during the summer. Sites are close-ish together but very private because of the tree cover. The creekside sites are especially lovely.

Site21
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Charles Waters Campground by Jess W., July 25, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Charles Waters Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Charles Waters Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Charles Waters Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.