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Camp Bigfork

Bigfork offers so many opportunities for camping, whether you prefer tent camping, RVs, or campers, there are some essential things to keep in mind before embarking on your camping adventure. Here are some valuable tips to ensure a smooth camping experience in Bigfork:

  • Plan ahead: To avoid last-minute surprises, make sure to book your campsite in advance, especially during peak season. Familiarize yourself with the campground’s regulations and restrictions, such as quiet hours or fire bans.

  • Choose the perfect campground: Bigfork has a wide range of campgrounds to choose from, each with its unique amenities and features. Pick a campground that suits your requirements, such as proximity to hiking trails, access to water, or RV hookups.

  • Be weather-ready: Montana’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s crucial to pack appropriately for the conditions. Bring warm layers, rain gear, and sunscreen to make the most of your camping experience. 

  • Respect the environment: Practice the Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash, staying on designated trails, and avoiding disturbing plants or wildlife habitats. Make sure to avoid feeding or approaching wildlife. Learn more at

  • Be Bear Aware & aware of other wildlife.  Keep your food secure to prevent attracting wildlife.  Store all food and trash in bear-resistant containers or a locked vehicle and never approach a wild animal.  Learn more at

Remember to leave the campsite better than you found it and always extinguishing campfires completely.

Rules for Primitive Camping

Primitive or dispersed camping in Montana is a popular way to experience the solitude and ruggedness of the wilderness. Dispersed camping is essentially camping in any area of the National Forest that is outside of a designated campground. This means that there are no services like restrooms facilities, trash removal or water.

To have a safe and enjoyable dispersed camping experience in Montana, it’s important to be self-sufficient and prepared. You will need to bring your own water, food, and camping gear. It’s also important to follow Leave No Trace principles, which means packing out all trash and using existing sites and fire rings to minimize your impact on the environment.

When camping in dispersed areas, it’s important to be cautious with fire. Before you leave your campfire, make sure it is completely out and cool to the touch. This means that you should be able to put your whole hand into the ashes without being burned. It’s also a good idea to check local fire restrictions and regulations before starting a fire.

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