Buffalo Campground

Area Status: Open
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Buffalo Campground is located 26 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana in beautiful Island Park, Idaho along the banks of the Buffalo River at an elevation of 6,200 feet. A mixed growth pine forest provides partial shade; aspens dot the landscape, and summer wildflowers are abundant. The Buffalo River has good brook and rainbow trout fishing. Wildlife can be frequently spotted throughout the area. Buffalo Campground boasts 117 single units, 4 double units, and 1 group site. It has some power hook-ups and is a good fishing spot.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open for the season.
Operational Hours: A Campground Host resides at the campground. Currently no flush toilets.
Reservations: Some of these canpsites can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777  or on the web at http://www.recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: Single Family Campsites in
A, B, D, F, G Loops - $ 20.00/day use or overnight
C - Loop Single Campsites (Electrical Hook-up):
        - $26.00/day use or overnight
C - Loop Double Campsites (Electrical Hook-up):
        - $52.00/day use or overnight
IA Senior Pass without Hook-up – single site:
          - $10.00/day use or overnight
IA Senior Pass with Hook-up – single site:
        - $16.00/day use or overnight
E - Loop Group Site Friday/Saturday:
      - $160.00/day use or overnight
E - Loop Group Site Sunday – Thursday:
        - $80.00/day use or overnight
Second Vehicle Charge $7.00/car
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: July and August
Busiest Season: July and August
Restrictions: No ATVs or OHVs allowed in campground.  No generators during quiet hours (10pm-6am)
Closest Towns: West Yellowstone, MT - 28 miles north on US Highway 20 Ashton, ID - 26 miles south on US Highway 20 Idaho Falls, ID - 80 miles south on US Highway 20
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: E-Loop is the Group Site C-Loop has electricity in all the campsites.  Reservations can be made through the National Reservation System for Sites C-1 through C-12 and all site in B and F Loops. This campground has first-come, first-serve sites.

General Information


From West Yellowstone, Montana, take Highway 20 south for 26 miles to the campground (less than1/4 mile north of Ponds Lodge on the east side of the highway).  From Idaho Falls, ID take Highway 20 north 80 miles to Ponds Lodge, the entry way to the campground is on the east side of Highway 20 across from Ponds Lodge.


Buffalo Campground has universally accessible campsites, flush toilets, and an accessible fishing dock located on the east end of the campground.

General Notes:

This campground lies adjacent to the Buffalo River.  The flat, shallow river is a favorite with floaters and fisherman.  The campground does provide parking for fisherman.

Canoeing, tubing and trout fishing are popular activities.

Two miles to the west of Buffalo Campground is the Island Park Boat Ramp for the Island Park Reservior.  Activities on the reservoir include fishing, jet-skiing, waterskiing, tubing and boating.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 117 single sites and 4 double sites

RV Camping

"Click Here for a Campground Site Map"

Group Camping

The E-Loop Group Site has 16 campsites, flush toilets,  water, volleyball area and a large parking area.  It can accomodate up to 150 people.  There are 2 pull through sites #9 and #16.

No. of Sites 16 sites - can accomodate 150 people
Reservation Info http://www.recreation.gov
Fees: Loop E - Group Site Fri-Sun and Holidays - $150.00/night : E Loop Group Site Mon-Thurs - $75.00/night
Reservation required?: Y

River and Stream Fishing

There is 1 fishing platform and 2 fisherman parking areas.



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Toilets: 11 toilet buildings
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