Pitchin’ a Tent in the Bitterroot
Even with the oddly cold weather this spring, the Bitterroot National Forest has opened almost all their campgrounds for the summer season. Of course, the demand for those beautiful sites is at an all-time high, with many people discovering Montana.
You can get a camping spot two ways - first-come first-served on a daily basis, or using the national Recreation site, which has already seen quite a few "hits" by people planning ahead.
General tips from Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest include, never leave a campfire unattended. Even if you're leaving for a short day hike, put it out! Bring your own drinking water. Water is available at some areas, but not all. With trash, "Pick it in, Pack it out." Always a good idea any time of the year.
Opportunities at Lake Como
Lower Como Campground - near the Como Dam. 11 pull-through sites for RVs. Includes campground host. Water, power and toilet available. First come, first served at $25 a night.
Three Frogs Campground - 21 smaller campsites on north side of lake with pull-in parking. Water and toilets. First come, first served at $15 a night.
Lake Como Beach, Picnic Area, Trailhead and the south side Boat Launch are all open. The movable dock will not be installed yet. $5 daily use fee, and a $30 season pass.
Rock Creek Horse Camp - Below Como Dam has 11 campsites, hitching rails, feed troughs. No water. First-come, first-served.
Three Sisters Group - It's near the Rock Creek Horse Camp and is available at the Recreation site or call 1-877-444-6777. Good for group outings.
Woods Cabin - Along the north shore of Lake Como and is available at the Recreation site.
Bass Creek Recreation Area sites
Charles Water Campground - 26 campsites with toilet, First come-First served. Campground host onsite.
Larry Creek Group Camp - Get your group together and reserve it online.
Elsewhere on the Bitterroot National Forest
Blodgett Campground - 5 sites west of Hamilton at the mouth of Blodgett Canyon. No water, but accessible toilet. First come, first-served.
Gold Creek Campground - 5 campsites and toilet. First Come, First served.
Black Bear Campground - Up the Skalkaho Highway - 6 campsites with toilet. No water. First come, First-served.
By the way, Skalkaho Pass is still closed. The Montana Department of Highways will open it soon. Dial 511.
Spring Gulch Campground - Along US 93 and the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. After high water, there are 11 sites with water and toilets. $15 per night and after July 1, national Reservations begin.
Indian Trees Campground - On the Lewis and Clark Trail at the base of Lost Trail Pass. 15 sites at $15 per night. water and toilet. Reservations are online.
Warm Springs Campground - 11 campsites with first come, first served at $12 a night.
Martin Creek Campground - 7 campsites with water and toilet. First-come, first served at $12 per night.
Jennings Campground - 4 campsites and toilet. First Come, first Served.
Crazy Creek Campground - 7 sites with toilet. First come, first-served.
Rombo Campground - Up the West Fork of the Bitterroot River with 13 campsites. Water and toilet. Reserve online for $15 per night.
Alta Campground - Above Painted Rocks Reservoir, with 14 campsites, water and toilet. First-come, First-served at $10 per night.
Sam Billings Campground - 12 campsites and toilet. First-come-first served.
Slate Creek Campground - Front Loop is open with water and toilet. Back loop is flooded. First-come, first served at $10 per night.
Fales Flat Campground - On the Nez Perce Road with room for groups. No Water and you need to Reserve online.
By the way, Nez Perce Pass is closed due to snow.