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Bitterroot National Forest, MONTANA

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Great dry camping

We spent a week here this last summer. Awesome place for hikes and hot springs. Also dog friendly Everywhere we went. Beautiful area wit tons of trees.

Wild and scenic

The Selway is one of the most beautiful places in Idaho, and this campground is a good place to stay on your visit! There are plenty of sites (32) to stay at, however it can tend to get crowded, so I recommend reserving a spot ahead of time. The crowds are really the only downside to this site (if you prefer more quiet and privacy) but fortunately there are other sites along the river that are also great spots to camp. This campsites has plenty of amenities and many of the sites are pretty accessible. This is a great place for families, people with limited mobility, and the elderly to visit. There are vault toilets, potable water, and bear-proof dumpsters that serve the whole camp. Individual sites should all have tent spots, picnic tables, and a fire ring. The loop around the campsite is paved. Kids and families often ride their bikes around the loop. Like much of central Idaho, the wildlife includes black bears and rattlesnakes, so remember to be cautious and aware of our wilder friends! The area offers a great variety of recreation opportunities. Slower areas of the river offer great swimming, and the Lower Selway makes a great day trip on kayaks or rafts. There is lots of biking, hiking, and horseback riding along the river and through the mountains. Selway Falls are beautiful and a really fun stop.

A gem spot

I've hiked to Jerry Johnson hot springs plenty of times, and finally decided to check out the campground! The site was really clean, the outhouses were immaculate! Honestly the nicest outhouse I have ever seen. I went during early October and the larches and deciduous trees were showing great fall colors. The campsite is a little close to the highway, but it was not very loud at night. In the fall, there is a reasonable amount of traffic, but I would assume it gets a little heavier in the summer.


The camp hosts were informative and friendly. The sites and toilets were very clean. Sites on the river or just off. Easy trails to the river to relax and enjoy.

Great spot

Secluded and gorgeous. Campground is small only 3 spots but is free and provides a pit toilet. Would definitely stay here again.

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Amazing remote location. Great wildlife viewing, snowshoeing, hiking, etc..

Spent 3 nights at Hogan Cabin, MT last summer (Aug 2018). I loved the isolation of the location. Up at 7200ft you get a little winded hiking around, but the incredible scenery is worth it. Found a primitive A-frame structure in the woods about a mile from the cabin. Saw several deer and elk feeding in the field near the cabin, as well as a moose in the marsh along the creek. 

The cabin itself is nothing to jump up and down about. With only 2 sets of bunk beds, my wife and I put the bedding on the floor and made a full sized bed. There's no running water so be sure to bring plenty. 

There's an vault toilet in the outhouse. 

There is also a HUGE fire pit with swinging grill for cooking.

Very comfortable.

We are not hard to please. Just need space for dog fence. No problems checking in. Laundry. Bitterroot river on site. Children's fish lake. Did not use bath facilities. Looked good from out side. Cabins are log and adorable. Big ponderosa pine. Small store, with restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Super friendly staff. Gravel sites. Level.

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Worse camp site ever!

Good thing we brought our own toliet paper! We arrived on a Wednesday, and it didn't get filled until Friday. By the time we left, the outhouse was pretty ripe. You could tell it hadn't been cleaned in awhile, because of the cob webs. Camp site wasn't level. Fire rings were coming out from the bottom. Sorry Selway, not happy campers this weekend. We'll stick with the Northfork 😀🤗

Amazing best kept secret

Ummm…where do I start. We stayed here June 2019 with a creek rushing nearby that made for amazing sleep. Quiet during the weekend, we stopped by here one night for camping. I would recommend picking up groceries or wood in Lolo, MT if needed because not much on hwy 12 on the way there. The camp host kept the area clean and was available if needed. Definitely recommend this campsite if driving in.

Family Fun

My family has been camping here for years. There is plenty of room to explore and have a good time. It is also just a few miles away from Fenn pond for the more leisure fisherman.

Great river access

This campground directly borders the river with many sites sitting just feet from it. There are some pools built from river rock that allow for the water to warm to a comfortable temperature before the rest of the river does, making swimming much more feasible. The river is wide here, with a relatively slower current. If you're here to float the river, this is a perfect pull out/put in spot.

Great spot!

Stayed at wagonhammer campground in September. Great location & super clean! Our campsite was right next to the river. Dog friendly and there is a dog island that your fur kid can run around off leash! They also have bathrooms, showers (on demand hot water), laundry mat, fire pits,and a small store in the office.

The staff is super friendly! Great spot for my quick couple day trip to the hot springs!

Small but beautiful

Grandad campground is kind of small. I have seen a few camp trailers here, but there are no hookups, no electricity, more primitive camping with a men's and women's pit toilet. There is boat access which can give great access to the Little North Fork and North Fork Clearwater River. Gets kind of crowded around the summer holidays. Also provides a great place to access forest land for hunting.

Gorgeous views

Friendly host, spacious sites, clean and gorgeous views. Hiking and river nearby

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Montana is such a beautiful place to visit. We come every summer but try and hit a new spot in Montana every time. We like experiencing new places, new hikes and new campgrounds! This place was great, definitely met all our needs!! The campground was super clean! We didn’t spot any garbage anywhere when we came! We saw some other reviews that said it was a little dirty, but we didn’t think so! The campsites were decently big, fit our RV perfectly! We stayed 3 nights and loved it. We hiked in the morning nearby, and all were amazing! The hiking in Montana never disappoints. The views are spectacular. We also saw so many deer coming in and out of the campground which we love! This seems to always happen when we stay in Montana :). Lots of chipmunks, birds and deer! We love it. There was a really yummy burger joint down the road that we stopped by on the way to the campground and on our way home! Super good burgers, fries and milkshakes!! The campground has many trees which was great for hanging our hammocks. We hiked in the morning and hung out in the campground in the evening reading in our hammocks. It was pretty relaxing!!

Riverside Campsites

Great campground right next to the Lochsa River. Some of the campsites are literally spitting distance to the water. It is close to the road, but traffic is light at night, so there's not much noise. Bathrooms were clean, roads are well maintained, and sites had a picnic table and fire pit. Really enjoyed our stay here as a basecamp to the hot springs in the area.

Perfect campground next to painted rock reservoir.

Perfect campground located next to painted rocks reservoir. Can be hot, there isnt alot of shade trees.

Great for group camping

Great site for group camping. Perfect for parties.

Very remote

Located in the remote forest is a perfect campground. Not alot of people, gold creek is prime fishing for trout.


Water is located pretty far from campsites. Not alot of bugs, but the bees are pretty aggressive.

Love this campground!

Three Frogs campground was wonderful. Completely wooded and spacious sites made this place really enjoyable! There were fire pits that lead to some really yummy s’mores!

Does the trick

After a long day on the lake it's nice to have a cozy spot to come back to. Outhouses with vault toilets, fire ring, picnic table.

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Quiet clean escape

I have only tent camped here. Really nice flat grass for tents. $12 gets you campsite showers and toilets, WiFi and coin laundry. Also really great access to the bitterroot valley if you’re into hikin and river activities. Everyone’s really friendly and it’s a good place to crash when you’re out on the road.

Quiet, scenic

Tis campground was a favorite on our Idaho trip. Lots of spots available on a week night. Great campground host. Bathrooms were really clean and great tasting water. Sites are very nicely spaced and lots of privacy between them.


Good for families camping together who want to be close so the littles can play. Not great if you’re seeking quiet. Sites are in extremely tight proximity to each other and it’s right off a very busy highway. Facilities were clean and playground was well maintained. The traffic noise chased us away early.

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Sunny spot at the fork in the river and center to a variety of trailheads

17 miles from town - you don’t know what to expect. There is a nice river bubbling past. Conifers inhabit the hillside. Flies and ants abound in our camp. 

We took the site on the west thinking to get afternoon shade. The trees are far away though. Luckily the day is overcast and the temperature stays manageable. The vault toilet is in the center of the small loop. Each site has plenty of space but only distance separates us from other campers. A water pump is by the pay station. 

Just down the road is a trail head for hiking. We took advantage and found a forest recovering from a burn. It’s interesting to see how it is growing back. A man road his bike (complete with front wicker basket) to the river to fish. This is a place to enjoy tranquility. Our screen room keeps the flies at bay and a book fills our mind. 

The road here passes many interesting homes and a few other small campgrounds. We drove further and found the end of the road at Moose Creek. It appears to have more trails along the way and down some split off roads. Signs give mule deer hunting limitations so be careful of the season.

First to Review
beautiful with lots of different camping options

Lovely view you can camp close to the lake down the road or on the lake side streams for fishing 🎣 bring big spay lots of mosquitoes

Dry camping. But toilets nearby. Close to Lake Como. A few with views.

First come, first served. Come before Friday to get a good spot. Beautiful! Walk to Lake Como, campfires, canoes, excellent beach and boating.

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Great camp just above the falls

Camp has a bunch of sites and very spacious wish I had a camera when I was there great experience

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Great place to camp with your boat

Awesome camp for taking your boat out on the lake to ski fish or just a cruise on the lake