The day use area can accommodate up to 50 people. It is equipped with multiple tables, grills and a large campfire circle. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
An adjacent campground is available for overnight tent and RV camping. It offers dozens of campsites and access to a boat ramp.
Office of the Governor, State of Montana - Guidance for Phased Reopening of Montana.
Phase Two: Increase in Permissible Group Size to Groups of 50
• Effective June 1, avoid gathering in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing. It is recommended to continue to social distance in gatherings of any size.
• Groups larger than 50 people should be cancelled unless physical distancing can be maintained.
• If you are planning an event with more than 50 people you should consult with your local public health office on a plan to implement adequate social distancing.
• Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines, event cutoff threshold is at the discretion of community leadership based on current circumstances in your community.
• Physical distancing guidelines for groups and gatherings do not apply to household members.
• Effective July 15, Face coverings are required for any organized activity where social distancancing is not possible, or is not observed, sponsors shall require and take reasonable measures to ensure that all persons attending an organized outdoor activity wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times. Please visit the following website to learn more. https://news.mt.gov/governor-bullock-issues-directive-requiring-face-coverings-in-certain-indoor-spaces-and-outdoor-gatherings-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19
Please visit the following website to learn more about the phased reopening.
Check-in 10:00 am / Check -out 10:00 pm
The day use area is located on the east side of Yaak River Campground. Both facilities are in a heavily wooded part of the forest, with the Yaak and Kootenai Rivers running nearby. Tall grasses, shrubs and young pines cover the ground and mature evergreens offer shade overhead.
The facility is situated at an elevation of about 1,900 feet, close to the Montana-Idaho border in northwestern Montana. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.
Yaak River Day Use Area is located along the David Thompson Historic Route, which is listed as one of the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Ross Creek Giant Cedars, a 100-acre grove of majestic cedar trees, is about 23 miles south of the day use area and campground.
The Yaak and Kootenai Rivers provide ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy fishing, rafting and canoeing, among other activities. Boats can be launched at a primitive boat ramp near the campground. Anglers can expect a catch of mostly whitefish and a variety of trout.
Hiking and mountain biking opportunities are available on a variety of trails within the Cabinet Mountains.
Kootenai Falls, the largest un-dammed waterfall in the state and an attraction of historical significance for the Kootenai Tribe, is located about 7 miles east of Yaak River Day Use Area. It offers spectacular views, as the river drops 300 feet in just a few hundred yards. A swinging bridge is available and provides a different point of view to see the falls.
12858 US HWY. 2 TROY MT 59935-8750
For campground inquiries, please call: 406-295-4693
From Troy, travel west on Highway 2 for approximately 7 miles. The fee station and campground hosts are located on the east side of the road, prior to crossing the Yaak River.