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BASIN MONTANA CAMPGROUND, MT

part ofCuster National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BASIN MONTANA CAMPGROUND (MT)
Status: Closed through Wed May 20 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Basin Campground is located 7 miles west of Red Lodge, Montana, along Forest Road 2071, which is paved all the way to the campground. The area is a popular location for hiking, backpacking and fishing.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the banks of the West Fork of Rock Creek. The campground and the area surrounding the campground were burned by the Cascade Fire in 2008, leaving an open landscape abounding with wildflowers.

Recreation:

Fishing is a popular activity along the West Fork of Rock Creek and at nearby Wild Bill Lake. The small lake is open to kayaking and canoeing, and an accessible fishing dock is located on the shore.

The Basin Lakes Trailhead is just across the road. Silver Run Plateau, West Fork and Timberline Lakes Trails offer access to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Mountain bikers enjoy the Ingles Creek Trail and a variety of loop trails at Silver Run. Biking is also allowed on the Basin Lakes Trail.

Facilities:

The campground offers several single-family sites, three of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Back-in spurs are medium length.

Nearby Attractions:

The charming town of Red Lodge, Montana offers a variety of dining and lodging options, galleries, shops and summer events. The Home of Champions Rodeo is held on Fourth of July weekend, Beartooth Bike Rally and Iron Horse Rodeo in mid-July, Mountain Man Rendezvous in late July and the Festival of Nations in early August.

The Beartooth Highway was deemed "the most beautiful drive in America" by the late Charles Kuralt. It snakes across the rugged Beartooth Mountains from Red Lodge to Cooke City, Montana, and is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Along the way, visitors are treated to sweeping views and plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
Know Before You Go
  • The administering organization reserves the right to substitute sites without prior notice
  • Caution: Bears frequent the area; All food must be kept in approved containers, a locked vehicle or provided food storage lockers
  • Sites 2, 16 and 28 support established accessibility standards
  • Two non-towed vehicles allowed per site. The first vehicle is included in the basic fee; the second will be charged an additional $8 fee at the campground
  • Firewood bundles can be purchased from the campground host
  • Click here for more information on the Custer 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):
45.1625, -109.39167
45°9'45"N, 109°23'30"W

From US Hwy 212 (Beartooth Scenic Byway), travel to the south end of Red Lodge, MT. Turn west on West Fork Rock Creek Road (Forest Road 2071), and proceed approximately 7 miles to the campground entrance on the right.

The administering organization is Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds at 1380 Wolverine Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718
E-mail: gccampgrounds13@gmail.com

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BASIN MONTANA CAMPGROUND

  MT 

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)587-9054
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