Campgrounds

Afterbay Campground
There are campgrounds on both sides of the beautiful Afterbay, which are $10 per night.

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Afterbay Campground

  • Open All Year

  • $10 dollars per night

  • Near Fort Smith, Montana, on the south shore of the Afterbay

  • 28 RV and tent sites are located around a line of nice shade trees

  • Composting vault toilets, RV dump station, and drinking water available.

  • There are no RV hookups.

  • Additional 12 sites without water, available on north shore of Afterbay.

Camping is on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.


 
Black Canyon Campground
Black Canyon Campground

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Black Canyon Campground

This boat-in-only campground, five miles south of Ok-A-Beh boat ramp, is along the lake shore in Douglas fir/ponderosa pine forest.

  • Open All Year
  • The 17 tent sites are sometimes visited by black bears
  • A floating, vault toilet is available, but no drinking water is available
  • Lake level affects the proximity of the boat moorings to campsites

Camping is free and on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.


 
Red cliffs at Horseshoe Bend Campground
Red cliffs at Horseshoe Bend Campground

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Horseshoe Bend Campground

  • Open All Year-Utilities are shut off between Sept. and May
  • $10 dollars undeveloped sites and $20 dollars for sites with utilities per night
  • Uphill from the Horseshoe Bend Marina boat docks
  • Swim beach and picnic area, nestled in sagebrush
  • 48 campsites overlook the lake and the red sandstone cliffs of Sykes Mountain
  • The campground is 14 miles north of Lovell, Wyoming via WY Hwy 37
  • Modern restrooms, RV dump station and drinking water are available
  • 19 sites have been remodeled to accommodate larger RVs and boats
  • There are 3 pull through sites

Camping is on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.


 
Trail Creek Campground
Tent camping at Trail Creek campground

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Trail Creek Campground

  • Open All Year
  • $10 dollars per night
  • Primitive campground 27 miles north of Lovell, Wyoming, via WY Hwy 37
  • 10 RV sites for small RVs 16 tent sites 4 RV sites just off Barry's Landing parking lot
  • There is no drinking water or RV hookups
  • Most of the sites are small

Camping is on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.



 
Medicine Creek Campground
Medicine Creek Campground

AIRs Diane Durant & Devyn Gaudet

Medicine Creek Campground

  • Open All Year
  • Boat-in or hike-in only to access
  • Six sites on lake shore of side canyon
  • Vault toilet available when lake level is at 3635 feet above sea level
  • No drinking water
Camping is on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.
 
Crooked Creek
Crooked Creek

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Dispersed/ Backcountry Camping

Dispersed/ backcountry camping is allowed on Bighorn Lake below the high water mark of 3640 feet elevation in undeveloped areas. Remember to pack out everything you bring in. Some dispersed camping sites might not be avalable during high lake eleveation levels. Fires are allowed below the high water mark (3640 feet). Please check fire restrictions before going out. Dispersed/ backcountry camping is free and does not require a permit. Camping is on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.
 


 

All camping in Bighorn Canyon is on a first come first serve basis. No reservations will be taken.

Lake levels and seasonal weather can affect the proximity of the boat moorings to campsites at Black Canyon Camprground and Medicine Creek Campground. Docks to these campsites are removed in the winter.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters Office
PO Box 7458

Fort Smith, MT 59035

Phone:

(307) 548-5406

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