Big Springs Campground and Group Site

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Big Springs

Big Springs Campground and Group Area is located 25 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana in beautiful Island Park, Idaho at an elevation of 6400 feet. Big Spring Campground is in a wooded area with new growth lodgepole pine and summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Big Springs is nearby, making up the headwaters of Henry's Fork of the Snake River. A short trail leads to the springs, one of the countrys largest. ATV trails are abundant in the Big Springs area. The charming and historic John Sack Cabin is nearby, noted for its unique location, construction and furnishings. This campground has 15 single units, 1 group site and 2 picnic areas. Restrooms and water are available. Hikers can enjoy the many trails here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground is closed for the 2016 season.
Reservations: The 15 single campsites are on a first come first serve basis.  The campground is run by a concessionaire.  There is a small group site (40 person) that can be reserved by dialing 1-877-444-6777 or on the website -
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Single Family Campsites              $15.00/day use or overnight
Second Vehicle Charge                $ 7.00/car
IA Senior Pass - single site           $ 7.50/day use or overnight
Big Springs Group Site                 $50.00/nightly: $100.00/daily
Big Springs Picnic Area                $25.00/day
      - Day Use Only
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


From West Yellowstone, Montana, travel 22 miles south on Highway 20 to Mack's Inn. Turn east on the Big Springs Loop Rd. Travel 4.5 miles to campground.

Big Springs Campground is 4 1/2 miles from Macks Inn, ID which is part of Island Park. The nearest bigger town is West Yellowstone, MT 22 miles north of Macks Inn. Ashton, ID is 30 miles to the south. Ashton has several gas stations, motels, restaurants and a grocery store. Rexburg, ID is 50 miles to the south (this is home of the BYU-I campus) and Idaho Falls, ID is 90 miles to the south.

General Notes:

Big Springs is near several large springs that form the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. There is a universally accessible interpretive trail that follows along the river. The nearby historical Johnny Sack Cabin is open to the public from July 4th through Labor Day. There is no fishing from Big Springs to Henry's Lake Outlet (2 miles downstream). You can normally see big trout in the water from the bridge. A mile west from Big Springs Campground is the boat launch for the Big Springs Water Trail. This is an easy 2-4 hour non-motorized flat water float. The takeout is on the north side of the river 1/2 mile above Macks Inn. Mosquitoes can be a bit overwhelming the first couple of weeks in June.

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Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

The group site can hold 40 people.

RV Camping

Campground Camping

Hiking, ATV trails, Johnny Sack Cabin Historical Site, float the Big Springs Water Trail.

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Reservation Info
No. of Sites 15 Single Sites and 1 Group Site


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Boat ramp One mile west - non motorized
Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Interpretive Site Johnny Sack Cabin
Drinking water
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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