Monday, August 17, 2009

Big Pine Campground

Location: Near Superior, Montana
Duration: Varies
Season: Spring - Fall
Distance: N/A
Difficulty: Easy

Big Pine campground is located in the Lolo National Forest of western Montana. At 2.1 million acres of spectacular mountainous country, this forest is estimated to be the third largest National Forest in the northern region of the USDA Forest Service and contains several major tributaries to the Clark Fork River of the Columbia River Basin.
Big Pine campground is located on the banks of one of these tributaries, known as Fish Creek. With excellent fishing opportunities, Fish Creek is a beautiful clear mountain creek that runs right through the back of this campground.
A medium size campground, Big Pine not only has Fish Creek running through it, it's also home to the largest Ponderosa Pine in the continental US. Hence, the name Big Pine.
Finally, the location of this campground makes for easy access to numerous outdoor resources including the Clark Fork River with opportunities for fishing and water sports such as whitewater rafting, not to mention the numerous hiking and biking trails in the forests nearby.
As for the camping, this medium sized campground has numerous campsites with fire rings, tables and one restroom. There are both large group sites in the open meadow and small individual sites in the trees, backed right up to Fish Creek.
This campground is not handicap accessible and is classified as a tent campground because of the lack of power hookups for trailers. There's a gravel road through the campground and all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations).
One benefit to this spot is that there are no fees, but being free with no reservations, also means you will need to get there early if you want one of the more coveted sites next to the creek. So, if you're looking for a campground where you can raft, kayak, fly-fish, swim or just check out one big tree, this is the place.
Directions: Follow I-90 about 20 miles East of Superior, MT (or 40 miles West of Missoula) and take exit #66, right after I-90 crosses over the Clark Fork River as your heading East. Then head South for about 1 mile until you hit the first fork in the road, you can go either right or left, both will get you down to Fish Creek (left is shorter). Now, follow the road for another 2 miles until you come to a "T" in the road at Fish Creek. Either way you go, when you get to Fish Creek, turn left or East and follow the dirt road for about 1 mile as it winds along Fish Creek to the campground turn-off sign. The sign will be on your right side towards the creek.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Big Pine Campground

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