Lowland Campground and Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
Photo of Lowland Campground

Lowland Campground and Picnic Area are located approximately 20 miles north of Butte, west of Interstate 15. The campground is located near Sheepshead Recreation Area which provides fishing opportunities at Maney Lake and is in close proximity to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

The campground has 11 units that accommodate trailers up to 22 feet. The sites are back-in trailer sites. Tent pads are available at most sites. There are day use picnic areas, the toilets are ADA accessible, water is available along with garbage containers. Wood is generally able to be found within the campground area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water available during summer months
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: There is a $15.00 per night fee typically charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend
Restrictions: 16 day stay limit. Food Storage Requirements.
Closest Towns: Butte, MT
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Butte-Jefferson Ranger Districts
Phone: (406) 494-2147

General Information


From Butte, take I-15/I90 east for approximately 1 mile. Merge onto I-15 north and continue for approximately 12 miles. Take Elk Park exit (no. 138) and drive west on Forest Service road #442 (Lowland Creek Road) for approximately 6 miles and turn left onto Forest Service road #9485 for approximately 2 miles; turn left at the junction and drive approximately 1/8 mile; turn right into the campground. The gravel road is suitable for passenger vehicle access.

General Notes:

The campground is typically open the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The campground is open on the shoulder season, but water and garbage are typically not available. During the spring and fall the access road may be muddy or have patchy snow. Contact the Butte Ranger Districts for road condition information - (406) 494-2147.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

There are trails nearby for biking enthusiasts.

Campground Camping

There are 12 sites at this campground.

No. of Sites 11 sites
Fire Information There are established fire rings at each site.
Fees: There is a per night fee at this campground.
Reservation info: If you are interested in reserving the small group events area visit the Recreation.gov web site or by contact the Butte Ranger District.

RV Camping

RVs are welcome. There are no hookups available at this campground.

Size Restrictions 22 feet maximum trailer length
Fees: There is a per night fee at this campground.

Day Hiking

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is located approximately one mile east of the campground on Forest Service road #9485. The trail crosses the road and continues approximately 4 miles south to the Konda Trailhead or 13 miles to the Champion Pass Trailhead.

There is a walking trail around Maney Lake at the Sheepshead Recreation Area approximately 3 miles from Lowland Campground.

Viewing Wildlife

This is a popular place for birdwatching.


There is a group picnic area with three tables and group fire ring.

Fees: The picnic area fee is $25 for up to 50 people; 025 cents/person for each additional person.
Reservation info: Area can be reserved by calling the Butte Ranger District at (406) 494-2147.


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Toilets: Vault - Accessible
Fee charged for some activities:
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