This campground was quiet and full, but we were exploring Yellowstone so much it didn’t matter. We just went to the camper to sleep at night.
This is the ONLY campground in Yellowstone with full hookups, your neighbors are a bit close, but the campground is spread out in old growth pines and doesn't feel crowded at all. There is a large store, gas station, mechanic and cafe close by. If you are on an extended trip in an RV, you'll definitely want to spend at least a few nights here, so you can rest and recuperate.
Full hookup campground in the heart of Yellowstone. This is a large, busy campground with oddly shaped spots where you park beside your trailer. Big rigs may find it a tight fit but our small trailer was fine. Nearby store is well stocked and gas was available as well. Lake Lodge and Lake Hotel are nearby and offer lots of food choices. Showers were adequate but busy and expect to wait during peak season. No wifi or cell service. If you are looking for scenery you won't find it here, but it's a great base for your Yellowstone explorations due to the central location.
NOTE: Only hard-sided units are allowed here due to bears frequenting the campground.
I was able to book this campground for the same day online. I know it was just luck that they had a site open, but it is one of the campgrounds that takes reservations inside the park. The campsites themselves are a bit too close for my liking. I prefer a little space, maybe some trees between sites, but these were just stacked side by side, back to back. The shower/laundry/office area was nice. It is convenient to all the other amenities at Fishing Bridge including restaurant, gift shop, gas. I wanted this location due to the grizzly sightings at nearby Yellowstone Lake. It was the closest campground to that area.
nice sites, great ranger talks, centrally located
This place has the most campsites of any campground in any National Park the US has to offer! Definitely helps when you are trying to get a reservation in peak season. Each campsite offers a fire pit, picnic table, and bear box. One thing to note was that our fire pit was completely submerged making flooding very easy. There was also no discernible tent pad but that made no difference because we had nice soft dirt that was quite level. The site was also pretty spacey so there was plenty of room for multiple tents or other gear. The campground is located a short walk from Yellowstone Lake which offers some great views and there are many great areas nearby. Overall, this was a fun campsite that offers quite a bit.
Bridge Bay is a campground located in the southeast part of Yellowstone National Park. The location is fantastic for those wanting to access Yellowstone Lake or all of the thermal features in the southern half of the park. The campground is one of the largest, boasting 432 sites in 8 loops. For the best views of Yellowstone Lake, request the E, F, or G Loop! Avoid Loops A and B, as there is very little shade - basically camping in an open field.
We pulled at 17' RV trailer with our Durango, and we barely fit into the back-in site they assigned to us. The sites themselves are pretty nice and level, but extremely close together, even in the more wooded loops (we were in Loop H). Bear boxes are shared between sites. When we arrived, our neighbors in a tent had taken over the entire bear box. We didn't completely mind, as we had an RV, but we have a very large cooler that would have been nice to store instead of transferring back and forth between camper and car twice a day.
Check-in was very slow with long lines. We arrived around 3 pm and had to wait over twenty minutes in line to check in for our reserved site. This is one campground in Yellowstone that you can reserve in advance (and you should do so by the end of March for that summer season). Flush toilets and a dump station are a bonus for this campground. Generators are allowed as well, from 8 am to 8 pm. We found that campers in this campground tended to stay up and out of their tents well past the 10 pm quiet hours began, and most were still sleeping when we got up to go spot wildlife at 6 or 7 am.
All campsites have a fire pit with a cooking grate and a picnic table. We did see and hear some wildlife from our site, mostly birds, including a grouse that walked right through our site (see video). Deer, elk, and bison are also around.
Although the accommodations were ample, the crowding, noise, and slow check-in process (compared to three other campgrounds in Yellowstone) brought down our overall rating.
The Rangers who run the campsite are excellent, full of helpful information and very friendly. This is a large campground with close together sites as you might expect. Many of the sites are not level so that can be a challenge for RVs and travel trailers. We didn't spend a lot of time at the campground due to stage 2 fire restrictions which meant no campfires. So we had our meals at Lake Lodge which is a treat in itself. Yellowstone is a magical place and the location of this campground is one of its best features. Oh - and flush toilets at the campground are a super plus also! Be sure to take the Scenicruise tour from the marina. We love Yellowstone and visit often. We will return to bridge bay.
Just finished up our yearly trip to Yellowstone and we stay at this campground every time. We booked 4 sites for family this year and they accommodated us all and put us close to each other. Do not walk around at night without a light as there are lots of wildlife around. Had a close encounter with a very quiet bison one night. Everything is always clean and the people are friendly. Very close (by Wyoming standards) to West Yellowstone, MT if you need supplies. This year, while driving around the park we were able to see wolves, bears, mountain goats, bison, rabbits, and of course all the other little creatures.
Large campground nicely set up for tent or RV camping, with loops for tents only as well as mixed areas. Try and avoid the "meadow" loops unless you like the outdoor festival atmosphere. Watch for wildlife such as deer or bison wandering through your campsite. Loop E and F have nice views of the lake, and loops H, I, and J are nicely tucked in the trees. Shower house is just up the road at Fishing Bridge. Be sure to check out Lake Hotel in the evenings for libations and soothing music. The restaurant there is excellent with fair pricing.