About 25 minutes outside of West Yellowstone, MT, this campground is tucked away along the Madison River between Hebgen Lake and Earthquake Lake. This was a busy campground with nearly every site full (holiday week close to Yellowstone National Park). There was a nice trail from loop A that allowed us to access Earthquake Lake. We also hiked off trail on our own and could easily get to the Madison River and stay close to the campsite. Numerous bathrooms, bear proof trash bins, and bear storage lockers. Camp host was very friendly and sold firewood either at their site or would drive around the campground 6-7pm offering wood. Each site had a parking spot for 2 vehicles, fire ring, picnic table, and tent location. Only needed to travel 0.5-1 mile on a gravel road but could easily get back to town for groceries, etc. Gorgeous drive along the lakes and rivers to access campground. Earthquake Lake Visitor Center is only a few miles down the road and offers a nice history on the natural disaster that caused "Quake Lake" to form.
It is a very off the beaten path, tucked away in the woods, true getaway from the busy city life. Travel south on 278 from Wisdom, MT and take the chance on an 18 mile gravel road to find a place only you see in pictures and read about in magazines. Drive through open cattle ranges and find a beautiful campground nestled up to 2 small lakes connected by a shallow channel. Clear water to see the bottom where it's shallow enough. No motorized boats allowed, so bring your own kayak or canoe and a fishing pole or two to enjoy the refreshing waters at the bottom of the mountains. Even in July, you can see snow atop the mountains on the Montana-Idaho border.
- Large, open water front spaces to set up "shop"
- Site 10 had room for 3 tents, 3 SUVs, 1 picnic table + extra side table, fire ring/grill, canoe, chairs around fire and shoreline, laundry lines
- Not crowded (maybe 5 sites taken when we were there)
- Bathrooms are clean (but no locks or hand sanitzer…at least the one I used)
- Water available
- One bear storage container at front entrance
- Must pack up and take out your own trash (no bear proof trash cans)
- Fire rings with grills available