Copper Creek Campground

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

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Frog Pond Rd Philipsburg, MT 59858 406-859-3211 Official Website

GPS: 46.0661, -113.5418

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Overview of Copper Creek Campground

Number of Sites 7

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 5,905 ft / 1,799 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 22 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Thumb at teton pass sept 2017
Idaho walker
ID 20' Forest River No Boundaries
22 reviews
“basic campground off the beaten path”

Reviewed 8/25/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Overall Rating

This is a small free campground about 10 miles off Highway 38. It's accessed along a wide gravel road that is in good condition but has some washboard and a few potholes. The campground road is gravel, with gravel sites, some of which would accommodate a rig of 25ft or so. There is a table and fire ring at each site. No trash collection. I didn't try the water pump. There is one vault toilet. The camp is in lodgepole pine forest, but fairly open. The sites are well spaced so you aren't crowded against others. The campground host is nice and knowledgeable about the area. Mid-week in August only a few sites were occupied. I liked that it was quiet and secluded.

Just before you turn off to this campground, there is dispersed camping area along a creek. There is a vault toilet in this area but no other services and no tables. The road is a little rough but manageable if you go slow. There is room for large rigs.

There are trailheads at the end of East Fork Road -- Ivanhoe Lake, Phyllis Lake, Bitterroot Pass, etc. However, due to wildfires in 2017, the trails are mostly in burned areas.

No Verizon coverage.

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Idaho walker would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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MT Wolf Creek 850 Chevrolet 2500 Long Bed
53 reviews
“Nice camp in an area with lots of recreation opportunites”

Reviewed 6/5/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Overall Rating

First, the camp itself. Just your standard Forest Service Camp with back in gravel sites, pit toilets, tables and fire rings. A water pump is available during the summer months. There is a camp host on site through the summer as well. No garbage service, pack it in pack it out. The FS website recommends a max. trailer length of 22' but site 1 can take a larger rig, my parents had a 27' trailer with slideouts in there and no issues. There is also a day use only picnic site in the middle of the camp loop.
Across the road from the campground is the overflow area - ideal if you are camping in a group. This area has pit toilets and rock fire rings, no tables. There are approximately 8 established sites that can accommodate 3 or 4 rigs each.
Further up the road past the camp, there are several dispersed campsites available. Scout out the area ahead of time because opportunities to turn around a large RV will be limited.
While there is no cell service in camp there is a cell booster along FS road 5106 approximately 4 miles before you reach camp. Look for an area on the East side of the road next to a power line that has been well traveled and parked in. The range is limited to about a 50 yard area but it is there if you need it in an emergency.

Copper Creek is a little off the beaten path but this area has a lot to offer. Follow the signage for the Skalkaho Highway (don't let the word "highway" fool you, it becomes a steep dirt road further along and trailers aren't advised after a certain point) when traveling along Highway 1 (this is an actual paved highway) and then watch for the signage leading to Moose Lake and FS Rd 5106. The first stretch of dirt road is very washboarded so be sure everything is secure in your RV before setting off down this path.

There are several ATV trails and FS roads in the area as well as hiking and horseback riding trails. Fishing in Copper Creek and Rock Creek is good most of the summer and you can expect to find smaller Cutthroats amongst other native fish species. I would suggest catch and release as the fish tend to be a little on the small side.
Along the Skalkaho highway there are even more ATV trails and a Yogo Sapphire mine that you can pay to mine for your own Sapphires. The far end of the Skalkaho will connect you to Highway 93 south of the town of Hamilton.
The area has been victim to a few wildfires recently and there are ongoing logging operations to clear out some of the burned areas. Watch for truck traffic on the roads during the weekdays.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
  • pets


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