Branham Lakes Campground and Picnic Area


Area Status: Open

The Branham Lakes Campground is a nice rustic campground on 3 acres. At almost 9,000 feet, this campground is one of the highest places you can drive to in Southwest Montana. There is a day-use picnic area here, ADA accessible toilet, water in spring/summer, as well as a boat launch and fishing access area. Although the road to get here is a dirt road that is rocky in places and may not be suitable for low-profile vehicles, and trailers are not recommended, the alpine meadows and views of the Tobacco Root mountains are worth the trek. The campground’s six sites rest along the lakeshore, surrounding by the beauty of nature.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open annually from early July through late September, weather dependent.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: There is a $15.00 per night fee for this campground.
Restrictions: Forest-wide stay limit: Camping in an area, campsite, or developed campground is limited to 16 accumulated days within any 30 day period. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has a mandatory forest-wide Food Storage Order.  Food Storage Requirements 2014 Food Storage Order
Closest Towns: Sheridan, MT
Water: Seasonally Available
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Madison Ranger District
Phone:(406)842-5432

General Information

Directions:

From Sheridan go east on Mill Creek Road for about 13 miles.  Road conditions can be an issue so the road is not recommended for those with trailers.  Please call for specific road conditions.

 


General Notes:

There is no garbage service at this area so please pack out what you pack in.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

There are 6 tent sites available on a first come, first served basis.

General Info:

General Notes
  • There is no garbage service at this campground so please pack out what you pack in.
  • There are bears in the area so there is a mandatory Food Storage Order in effect annually from March 1 through December 1.

No. of Sites There are 6 tent sites
Reservation Info The 6 sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Fire Information There are established fire pits at each site.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Branham Lakes offers some nice fishing opportunities.  There is a boat launch at the lake.  Road conditions can be an issue for those hauling boats so please call ahead for specific conditions.

Permit: Please check with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for licensing and permit information.

Ice Fishing

The lakes freeze in the winter and provide for some ice fishing opportunities.  Please call ahead for lake conditions.

Permit: Please check with Montan Fish, Wildlife and Parks for licensing and permit information.

Day Hiking

There are many hiking opportunities near the campground.

Picnicking

There is a day use area at this site.  There is no garbage service here so please pack out what you pack in.

Boating - Non-Motorized

There is a boat launch here and this is a great place for canoeing or lake kayaking.  Road conditions can be an issue for those hauling boats so please call ahead for detailed road condition information.

Swimming

Branham Lakes is a fun place to swim in the summertime, but the water is still cold so be prepared.

Amenities

Tent camping: 6 Sites
Toilets: Vault (No showers) Accessible

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
45.51755

  Longitude : 
-111.98908

  Elevation : 
8800 feet