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REXFORD BENCH, MT

part ofKootenai National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: REXFORD BENCH
Status: Closed through Sun Apr 26 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Rexford Bench Campground is the most highly developed campground within the Kootenai National Forest. It is a popular destination for boating, fishing and swimming on Lake Koocanusa, and hiking in the surrounding forest. Beautiful sandstone formations can be viewed not far from the campground, and osprey and eagles can often be seen fishing in the reservoir.

Natural Features:

The campground is located on an arm of Lake Koocanusa in northwest Montana near the Canadian border. The 46,500-acre reservoir has over 127 miles of shoreline and is formed by 422' Libby Dam on the Kootenai River, which stretches about 90 miles and into Canada. It is a large campground, situated in a ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 2,470 feet.

Osprey often fish around Libby Dam at sunset, making for enjoyable viewing opportunities. Bald eagles can be seen hunting kokanee in the river and lake during the fall. A variety of wildlife also makes its home in the area.

Recreation:

Fishing, boating and swimming are popular activities. Fishing derbies are held several times each year and anglers can expect a catch of kokanee salmon, whitefish and a variety of trout, among others.

A variety of hiking trails begins in the campground, including a relatively short interpretive trail that loops around the campground, and the Hoodoo Trail, that leads to impressive sandstone formations that jut out from an inlet along the lake. The Hoodoos can also be seen via boat. Several paths lead from the campground to the adjacent beach, boat ramp and fish cleaning stations.

Facilities:

The campground offers dozens of accessible, single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A large parking area is available for boat trailers and RVs.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible flush toilets and drinking water are provided, but utility hookups are not available. Campground roads are paved; parking surfaces are gravel. A campground host is on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

The Kootenai River, below Libby Dam, is a blue ribbon fishery. Guided tours of the dam and powerhouse are offered at the visitor center throughout the summer. Visitors also enjoy driving the 100-mile loop around the reservoir. Several trails, including some that lead to scenic waterfalls, are located along the route.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking Trails
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees are charged for dump station use
  • Click here for more information on the Kootenai National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.88889, -115.1375
48°53'20"N, 115°8'15"W

From Eureka, travel north on Highway 93 for about a mile, then continue 6 miles on Highway 37.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

REXFORD BENCH
949 US HIGHWAY 93 N
EUREKA  MT  59917-0116

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)296-2536
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