Philipsburg Bay Campground

Area Status: Open

Philipsburg Bay Campground is adjacent to Georgetown Lake and the 68 camping units provide ideal access to fishing, boating and water skiing. It is located in the Pintler Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the largest national forest in Montana. Surrounded by mountains of outstanding beauty, the location is perfect for visitors who enjoy mountain and water sports or those who prefer relaxing and taking in the spectacular view.

Natural Features: The campground overlooks the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Georgetown Lake is a large mountain lake spanning close to 3,000 acres at an elevation of over 6,000 ft. Lodgepole pines enclose the lake and surrounding mountains, providing a home to abundant wildlife including moose, elk, white-tailed deer and even bighorn sheep. Water birds such as the graceful blue heron as well as hawks and other birds of prey also inhabit the lake area.

Recreation: Georgetown Lake is a prime destination for fishing and fly fishing with kokanee salmon, rainbow and brook trout being the most sought-after species. Canoeing and boating are also popular activities. Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers will find no shortage of trails within a few miles of the campground.

Facilities: The facility has 68 sites and has spots for both RV or tent camping and is boater-friendly with paved roads and a boat ramp. The maximum recommended trailer length for the area is 32 feet.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait, Ice; Boat Launch available

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open annually from mid-May through late September, weather dependent.
Reservations: To make reservations, call toll free: 1-877-444-6777 or visit  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: There is a per night fee ($17.00) for this campground. There is a $5.00 day-use fee per vehicle with an option for a $50.00 season pass for the Boat Launch if not camping and a $3.00 fee for additional vehicles. The Season Pass Day-use fee is good for Grassy, Piney, Philipsburg Bay and Red Bridge.
Restrictions: 16 day stay limit; Food Storage Requirements
Closest Towns: Philipsburg, MT
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.20639, -113.29
46°12'23"N, 113°17'24"W

The campground is located in southwestern Montana, about 11 miles south of Philipsburg. Follow U.S. Route 10A south and take a right on Georgetown Lake Road. The campground is on the left adjacent to the lake.


Accessible Facilities: Toilet

General Notes:

To make reservations, call toll free: 1-877-444-6777 or visit

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Campground Camping

There are 68 reservable sites.

No. of Sites 69 units
Fees: There is a per night fee at this campground.
Reservation required?: Y
Reservation info: Reservations can be made by going to

RV Camping

Accommodates trailers up to 32 feet.

Size Restrictions 32 feet maximum trailer length

Lake and Pond Fishing

Georgetown Lake is adjacent to the campground.

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

Ice Fishing

The lake freezes in the winter.  Please call (406)859-3211 for lake conditions.

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

Boating - Motorized

There is a boat launch at this site.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Georgetown Lake is a popular place for canoeing.


Georgetown Lake is adjacent to the campground.


Camping trailer: Up to 32 feet
Tent camping: 68 sites
Parking: $3.00 for additional vehicles
Toilets: Vault (No showers) Accessible
Fee charged for some activities: $17 per night

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