The traditional opening of camping season is here and the Bitterroot National Forest has opened almost all campsites in the valley.

General Tips

  • Most water systems are not operating, so bring your own drinking water.
  • "Pack it in, pack it out" is the rule for garbage.
  • Be careful around streams that are experiencing high water levels.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions, cold temperatures.
  • Don't drive on soft and muddy roads. Report any bad road conditions.
  • Do not leave a campfire unattended. Coals should be cool to the touch.
  • There is a 16-day stay limit for the campsites.

General notes on each Ranger District:

  • Darby/Sula Ranger District (406) 821-3913
    • All the Como Lake campgrounds are open.
    • The Lake Como Boat Launch dock is installed.
    • Lake Como requires a $5 day use fee (or a $30 season pass).
    • Lost Horse Road is closed 5 miles west of the Lick Creek Road.
  • Stevensville Ranger District (406) 777-5461
    • Bass Creek Recreation area has water and trash services.
    • Blodgett Campground does Not have water service.
    • Gold Creek Campground may still be closed due to a trailer fire cleanup.
  • West Fork Ranger District (406) 821-3269
    • Many trees were blown down at Sam Billings Campground. Work continues on cleanup, though the campground is open.
    • Nez Perce Pass is open to Paradise Campground.
    • Magruder Corridor is not open. It still has snow and severe road damage.