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This is a free Montana Fishing Access Site next to the Yellowstone River north of Big Timber. There was one clean single vault toilet for about 5 sites. No water or garbage available but each site has a picnic table and fire ring. There is a boat launch for fishing. It snowed when we were there in very late September 2019. We were the only ones there the two days we waited out the snow. This is a campground where there are few public campgrounds.
I added another star as this is a quiet campground in an area with few public ones available. And, it was free.
This BLM recreation area on the Yellowstone River was a port in a storm. Yellowstone was crowded, as usual, and we needed a place to stay for the night. We were trying to outrun an impending snow dump so headed north toward Livingston. We stayed here September 9, 2019 for free.
15 minutes from the Mammoth Hotsprings visitor center. Easy to access, no crazy potholes or anything, just a dirt road. There’s a couple cabins up that road too so I assume whomever owns them keeps the road well maintained. The first spot you come to has an incredible view which is where we stayed, but if you want something more sheltered keep going around the bend and there’s a little rocky outcropping/quarry type area. It was absolutely freezing though, the inside of the truck bed had frost in the morning (22°!)
First, stars docked for road noise; the campground is split by Hwy 191. Otherwise, well maintained clean basic campground with good tables, fire pits, drives and pads. Vault toilets, well water spigots throughout, no electric. Accommodates most rigs, probably best for small to medium trailers, RVS, and of course all tents.
Great for traveling through or base-camping a couple days to recreate in Gallatin Canyon. Recommend nearby Lava Lake Trailhead for a short but moderately challenging hike (elevation gain) to an alpine lake. There are many trailheads in the area accessible by car. Near Bozeman, and Big Sky Resort with multiple guiding services for fishing, rafting, horseback riding. No real cell service. Reservable through recreation.gov.
There are a few spots but the overlook the GPS Coordinates take you to is amazing! Perfect for a van camper or for a small bumper pull trailer - tent camping, too. The views for the sunrise and sunset are absolutely incredible! Some things to note is that it is very remote but you do have cell phone service for Verizon and spotty ATT. This is a popular clay shooting area so you might find small .22 casings and lots of broken pots if you venture into the field. It was quiet in terms of traffic passing through and slightly unnervingly quiet at night, so I understand getting the creeps as a solo camper. Overall, highly recommend!
Very much middle of nowhere feeling. Go up travertine and the. Take FS1701 road west for a mile or so. You’ll see a few spots along the way but I liked the ones I found farther west. I was solo and it was a little weird as it felt totally isolated. No tables or toilets but there are a number of spots with fire rings. Was there sept. 18th.
I would definitely come here again. 15 min to Yellowstone NP entrance. Nice dark quiet spots. ZERO amenities for ZERO dollars. We were driving a minivan and tent camping. The dirt roads were easily passable. A small RV would be able to find a spot here. It’s bear country and you’re on your OWN. You can indeed tell folks like to party here. There’s graffiti on some of the rocks. Our camp site had toilet paper and garbage all over it. We had to take ten minutes to pick up all the garbage before we could enjoy it…but once we did we had an AMAZING view and the whole place to ourselves! Highly recommend….but make sure you arrive with daylight so you can actually FIND a spot (nothing is marked…it’s sort of DIY camping).
Looked to be 1-2 dozen sites there. We didn’t scope the WHOLE place out…but the first site is WOW AWESOME looking. We saw it, loved it, scoped out the rest for 10 minutes than came back to that first campsite to set up and look down and the minions below!
I’ll try to be fair after a 30 min payment dispute with the “I’m only part-time” check in attendant! All I can say is keep all your receipts! The first night we were in a space where all the traffic went right by us including a diesel truck reving his engines close to midnight. We asked to move and were accommodated….that’s where they messed up the charges. The second site was much better. Sites are gravel, well kept, and fairly level. Outside Attendant loaned us a tool and was very helpful. Close to the river and, while we didn’t fish, others did and said they were catching. Good location for Yellowstone. Nice playground for kids and laundry room available.