Big Springs Campground

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Big Springs

The Big Springs Campground is located 22 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana in beautiful Island Park, Idaho at an approximate elevation of 6,300 feet. Visitors love Island Park for its world-class fishing and outstanding scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Natural Features: Island Park is composed of two areas of extinct volcanic activity. The Henry's Fork Caldera sits inside the larger Island Park Caldera. 

The area is known for its dense forests of lodgepole pine, broad grassy meadows bursting with summer wildflowers and a wide variety of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears, moose, elk, deer, bald eagles, Sandhill cranes and much, much more.

The campground is situated in a clearing surrounded by a forest of lodgepole pines. Grasses and summer wildflowers dot the landscape.

Recreation: Big Springs is the headwaters of Henry's Fork and is one of the largest springs in the country. Henry's Fork is considered one of the best fly-fishing streams in the nation. Fishermen cast for rainbow and brook trout. Tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting are also popular on the river. 

The Big Springs National Recreation Water Trail can be accessed from the campground and ends 4.5 miles away at Macks Inn. It offers a lazy three-hour float or canoe trip through beautiful scenery. Wildlife, including moose, bald eagles and Sandhill cranes, are often seen along the trail.

The charming and historic John Sack Cabin is nearby, noted for its unique location, construction and furnishings.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATVing are popular activities. Many miles of trails crisscross Island Park, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Nez Perce Trail are in the area.

Facilities: The campground provides one accessible group site that can accommodate up to 40 people, with picnic tables, a campfire circle, grill and tent pads. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. 30-amp electricity is available for a fee. Firewood is available for purchase from the host. Roads and parking spurs are gravel.

Nearby Attractions: Macks Inn is 4.5 miles west. This full-service facility offers boat rentals, rafting, shuttle service, gas, groceries, showers and laundry facilities.

Island Park Reservoir and Henry's Lake are nearby, both offering boating, water skiing, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Numerous additional small lakes and streams are scattered throughout Island Park.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are within a short drive, offering hiking and fishing, as well as outstanding scenery.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open for late season camping with limited services. No water or garbage services.
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 - www.recreation.gov.
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
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: 30-amp electric hookup available for an extra charge of $5/day No ATVs/OHVS allowed in the campground

General Information

Directions:

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.


Accessibility:
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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Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site Johnny Sack Cabin
Toilets
Parking
Boat ramp One mile west - non motorized
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Accessible
Camping trailer
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.49778

  Longitude : 
-111.25556

  Elevation : 
6300

 



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