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Quick Stop for Sleep

We parked here overnight for a quick nights rest in the jeep before continuing up to Glacier from Bozeman. Did the job, no amenities, this is definitely just a place to park and sleep in the car, i’m sure you could set up a tent inside the trail but when we went April 2019 there was a moose carcass up the trail and wanted to avoid grizzlies and scavengers lol

Beautiful hikes. Great hosts. Will be back for sure!

13 miles from town, but you wouldn't know it. Well marked trails. Lots of trees well established trails. Hosts were friendly and helpful. Site well kept. We will be back for sure.

Good solid campground with plenty of fun to be had

This is a very popular campground in the Livingston area. fills up fast in the summer, but totally deserted in the late fall and winter. Campground hosts usually are straight from the Third Reich and had many years of tutelage under Heir Hitler himself, instead of chillin around a campfire enjoying life they patrol the campground with a copy of Mein Kampf in tow. Good basecamp for many great day hikes. Pine creek falls is really popular and about a mile, George Lake and Pine Creek Lake are good hearty all day hikes.

Decent

They had WiFi. There was a camp store. I camped here on my way to Yellowstone back in 2014 when I worked in the park.

Private and removed

Nice campground with really large sites. Nicely wooded and quiet. The road in is narrow and 1 lane but paved, about 3 miles off the main road. Vault toilets and water are convently located. Hiking trails accessible from the campground.

loved it

This spot was such a refreshing one after a few nights in Yellowstone in mid-August. no trouble getting a spot. Quiet, spacious and situated up in the Absaroka wilderness with some nice peaks all around. Hiked up to the falls and wish we’d had time to make it to the lake. Hosts were great and helpful.

Great spot

We really enjoyed camping here, as we used it for a base to do local hiking. Lots of bears in the area, so keep your food stored

Great little park with a beautiful lake!

It lacks trees at most campsites, but that’s ok…it’s easy to get in and out of, the sites are level and every one has a view of the lake.

Its clean, sites are generous (i.e….not on top of each other)

The lake is easy to access by power boat or kayak. I would go back in a minute.

Cell phone service was lacking…it sits down in a valley but then again, I camp to get away from that.

the public toilets are clean and well stocked.

we took the back roads there…they were flat and so well groomed!

There were lots of families there…great place to turn your kids loose and not worry about them

Incredible view

Quant like campground. site 1 on the top of the hill has an incredible view of the valley. water was turned off when we were there but toliets were maintained.

Nice long pull through. Big grassy areas between stalls.

Grear trees, shade, tables, grass, pet area, nice staff. Close to hwy but we will return

Perfect

Actual campground was closed, so we camped right outside. There was a perfect little creek that my 5yo fully enjoyed for a few days. If it wasn't so far, would definitely go back.

Good campground

It was a good campground. Average services, nothing to complain about. The mountain views are great!!

lots of spots close to creek

we had a great time. situated between emerald lake and west rosebud lake with a creek going next to half the camp spots. toilets and hand pump water.

Great location for the parks.

Great little KOA. Awesome views of the Absaroka range. Book early. Tent sites were great. Nice dog park, small though.

Fish jumping, waves lulling, colors awakening - all on a quiet lake

We went for an early morning hike to get some miles in before the summer heat set in. This left fewer hours to drive and the planned campground was not that good at all. Looking on The Dyrt we could one that we could reach around 4. Deadman’s Basin was located conveniently on our journey. 

Another guy was signing up for his site when we arrived. After borrowing our pen, he gave us the scoop. “The campground is not clearly understood but it’s Thursday - nobody will stop by to check. Go either direction and find a spot.” We went left and kept driving until we found an unoccupied loop (actually it only has 2 sites on it). We chose the site we could back into. It’s lakeside! 

A cottonwood tree is tall enough to provide some shade as the sun sets. The breeze is cooling. A motorboat tows a skier. A couple fishermen walk the lakeshore back to their pickup truck. After setting up we drove through the entire camp. There are day use and fee areas interspersed. A boat ramp and a site next to it. Many sites don’t have shade so choose wisely.

The beauty of this place caught our hearts by the time we left. Sunset drifting down with a strong breeze rhythmically working the waves - what a perfect site! Waking up just in time to be mesmerized by the sunrise over a calm lake - what a perfect lake! We highly recommend site 22 in breezy point loop. It’s the last site but it gave us tremendous moments. 

The cost is an odd thing. It’s $18 per night if you don’t have a Montana fishing license. The cost is less if you do. This seems steep given that there is no potable water and only vault toilets. However we’ll pay it to enjoy a break from the road.

A lovely Forest Service campground with many sites by the river

An excellent campground near the end of the drivable section of the Boulder Road. Good fishing right from the campground and a trailhead across the street and another two a mile up the road. There are good fire rings, picnic tables, vault toilets and bear boxes. If the campground is full, there are some dispersed campsites about a half mile south on the right.

Tiny, but beautiful and close to good hiking

There are only two campsites in this no cost Forest Service campground. There's no water, except from the stream, but there are good picnic tables and a well-maintained vault toilet. There's good fishing and the trailhead for the Green Mountain Trail, a very nice 6 mile hike to the Natural Bridge, is across the road.

Great campground

Very beautiful and great veiw of the yellowstone river. Amaizing fishing as well! It does have a boat ramp and a bathroom on site. Not very much shade but overall a very great campground!

Lovely place!

We enjoyed one night here before heading up to Two Medicine. the cabin is cozy and rustic. The flies are maddening tho! bring spray or fly paper. They have swatters! the bathroom is clean but I recommend bringing some TP just in case. There are some cleaning supplies and dishes and cups. it was pretty dusty and dirty inside but a sweep and a wipe down cleared that up. the views look unreal across the meadow. There is a clear small spring creek you can use for water but you MUST treat it or use Sawyer or LifeStraw. Ice cold and delicious. Only saw birds and deer. We would have loved more time here but Glacier calls!

Noisy

This campground is really nice like most KOA's, but it is backed up to the interstate which makes it pretty noisy throughout the night. The showers were nice as well as most everything else about the grounds. It did seem like I was never going to reach the campground as I came in on Old Hwy 10 from the west. It's better to exit off the interstate just east of the campground.

Simple but beautiful location

No water, but right on the Yellowstone River. You hear the road noise at night but if you need a beautiful spot as part of the Yellowstone excursion it's a good one nighter.

Free camping

Best free camping right outside of town

Close to Bozeman

Rough road getting up and can get pretty crowded when the gates open but, great access to sacagewea peak hike and cold water.

First to Review
Great view, nice open space, good sized cabin

We rented the Ibex cabin the first week of June. The cabin was in great shape. The area is nice and open, however a few more trees closer to the cabin for hammock use would have been nice. If you want to hammock there are a couple trees behind the cabin that would work but it’s kind of away from everyone if they’re hanging out up front. The open field was perfect for letting the kiddos run around while being able to keep a close eye on them. The fields were covered in wildflowers, which is always awesome! Despite that, the views were lovely and there’s a nice babbling stream right behind the campfire pit which added a nice ambiance. Fire pit was in great shape, nice solid grate for grilling. The cabin porch had a few notches where we had the pleasure of bird watching some pretty cool wood peckers come and go. Picnic table was in good condition, solid and layed flat which is always convenient. Sometimes you get picnic tables which are kind of wobbly, but this one was great. The pit toilet was fairly clean, most likely because the road had recently opened to vehicles so it was probably cleaned fairly close to when we were there. There’s also a trailhead right before the gate that connects to the neighboring Porcupine Cabin which is cool to have so close. There were quite a bit of flies inside the cabin when we arrived but luckily there was a fly swatter hanging on the wall so that took care of that problem. Nice big table inside, good for playing cards/board games. The bunk beds were slightly questionable. Two of us slept on the bottom bunks and the other two slept on ground pads on the floor just because the wobbliness of the top bunks made us a wee bit nervous. The wood burning stove was pretty small. We lit it for heat about a half hour before bed, had to restart it about five hours later, but it wasn’t too chilly outside so it wasn’t uncomfortable when it cooled off. If it had been colder outside, one would maybe have to keep waking up to relight it. All in all, great area to get away for the weekend. Highly recommend!

Wonderful fishing access and equal amounts of shaded and sunny areas.

This campground is listed as 'Dispersed Camping', i.e. that you can camp anywhere 100 ft from a roadway, stream, or existing campground. When we arrived there appeared to be two designated sites each with picnic table and fire pit with cooking grate; there is also a centrally located vault toilet. So while you can choose to hike into the woods and make your own site you can also use either of the two existing sites, which is what we chose to do.

The northern site (which is what we chose) is spacious and a large portion of it is very flat for tent placement. There are plenty of trees on the western side which provide ample shade and many are close enough to hang a hammock, if desired. This site has wonderful river access. We camped here in early-mid June when the rivers and streams are still high due to snowmelt and this certainly was the case. From provided maps it appears the river normally takes a different path, but even still there will be easy and close access. There was a modest shallow portion

Free, Private, beautiful drive/setting!

This campsite is free! The drive is so gorgeous right below snow covered mountains. Deer frequent the campground. Has everything you need from a picnic table and fire pit to tent space or you can car camp as you have your own parking spot. There are a few double parking spots as well. Pit toilets. Nice and small/quiet.

Nice dry camping close to town

Donation based camping with good sized sites and no hookups. we have stayed here quite a bit and always enjoy it. it is a little crowded on the weekends but clears out during the week. it is right on the river and, depending on the water level you can put in or take out here. it is a blast rafting the river and camping out here.

First to Review
pack in pack out sites

has a vault potty, but right on river, only has a few spots but nice and quiet, great for overnight (7 day limit) $18 for non resident without a fishing license, with a fishing $12.