Wade Lake Campground and Picnic Areas

Area Status: Open

Wade Lake Campground is located in southwestern Montana on the shore of it’s scenic namesake lake. It is approximately 43 miles south of Ennis and 35 miles west of Yellowstone National Park. The 27 site campground includes one group site, and is situated in a dense Douglas Fir forest on the hillside above the lake. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water taps are provided in each of the two camping loops. There is an undeveloped natural-surface boat launch and the lake has a no-wake speed limit. Visitors enjoy fishing, small craft boating, and nearby hiking and ATV trails in the Gravelly Range. All site reservations are made via recreation.gov. Trailers longer than 24 feet are not recommended due to narrow roads and tight curves within the campground. Snow may hinder access in early or late seasons. Cellular service may be available at the top of the hill near the Forest boundary, about 1.5 miles away.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open annually, from mid-May to mid-September, weather dependent.
Reservations: All sites are by reservation and reservations can be made by calling toll free: 1-877-444-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: There is a $15.00 per night fee for this campground. Cash and Check only. There is no way to make change, so please bring correct amount. 
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: 16 day stay limit. Food Storage Requirements.
Closest Towns: Ennis, Montana
Water: Yes; available spring/summer
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Madison Ranger District
Phone: (406) 682-4253

General Information


The campground is located about 37 miles south of Ennis on Highway 287. Turn west at Wade and Cliff Lakes signs on Highway 287, take Forest Road 241 west for 5 miles.

General Notes:
  • There is no cell phone coverage in the area.


Accessible fishing access

Accessible Facilities: Toilets

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This lakeside campground has 27 sites available.

No. of Sites 27
Reservation Info Sites area available on a first come, first served basis.
Fees: There is a per night fee for group camping.
Rental info: There is a boat rental on the lake.

RV Camping

Size Restrictions 30 feet maximum trailer length
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Lake and Pond Fishing

Wade Lake is adjacent to the campground.

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

Ice Fishing

Wade Lake freezes.  Please call (406) 682-4253 for lake conditions.

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

Day Hiking

There are trails around the lake for scenic hiking.

Boating - Motorized


The campground is adjacent to Wade Lake.


Tent camping: 27 sites
Parking: Designated Parking Spots only
Toilets: Vault (No showers) Accessible
Fee charged for some activities: $15 per night
Boat ramp: Yes
Drinking water: Available

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6400 feet