Greenough Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

**Summer Season 2021 - Greenough Lake Campground  will be closed due to construction and maintenance as part of the Great American Outdoors Act.  More information will be available as the season nears. ** 

Greenough Lake Campground is within walking distance of its namesake, 12 miles south of Red Lodge, in southern Montana. It is located just off the scenic Beartooth Highway. The area is a popular location for fishing, hiking and scenic driving. Glacier Lake, Hellroaring and Lake Fork trailheads are nearby.

Natural Features: The campground sits in the shadow of the Beartooth Range, on the banks of Rock Creek, less than a quarter-mile from beautiful Greenough Lake. A forest of aspen and pine trees covers the area. A variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, deer and elk, makes its home in the surrounding area.

Recreation: Greenough Lake offers canoeing, kayaking and rainbow trout fishing. The Main Fork of Rock Creek is also a popular fishing stream. The Beartooth Wilderness can be accessed via the Hellroaring and Lake Fork trailheads, both of which are not far from the campground. Visitors also enjoy mountain biking and hiking on the Parkside National Recreation Trail. Hellroaring Road is open to off-road vehicles.

Facilities: The campground offers single-family campsites, two of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Accessible vault toilets and hand-pumped drinking water are provided.

Greenough Lake Campground is south of Red Lodge, along the banks of the Main Fork of Rock Creek. It is near the base of the switchbacks of the Beartooth Scenic Highway. Greenough Lake is a family friendly lake only 0.2 miles from the campground.  Mount Maurice Trail (#6) , Corral Creek Trail (#9), Bear Track Trail (#8), Lake Fork Trail (#2), Parkside Trail (#103), Hellroaring Plateau Trail (#11), Glacier Lake Trail (#3), Sheridan Campground, Rattin Campground, Parkside Campground, Limber Pine Campground and M-K Campground are also located in the Man Fork Rock Creek drainage.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Access via Hiking Trail; Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Non-motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The charming town of Red Lodge, Mont., offers a variety of dining and lodging options, galleries, shops and annual summer events. The Home of Champions Rodeo is held on the Fourth of July weekend, the Beartooth Bike Rally and Iron Horse Rodeo take place in mid-July, the Mountain Man Rendezvous is in late July, and the Festival of Nations happens in early August.

The Beartooth Highway was deemed "the most beautiful drive in America," by the late Charles Kuralt. It snakes across the rugged Beartooth Mountains from Red Lodge to Cooke City. It is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Along the way, visitors are treated to sweeping views and plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Yellowstone National Park's northeast entrance is 55 miles from the campground, via the Beartooth Highway. The park offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as breathtaking scenery and unique geological features
Reservations: Reservations can be made at  Reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Fees $17 per night
Open Season: Early-May - Late-September
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Red Lodge, MT
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center: Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers, a locked vehicle or provided food storage lockers The administering organization reserves the right to substitute sites without prior notice Two non-towed vehicles may be parked per site. The first vehicle is included in the basic fee; the second vehicle is charged an extra fee of $8.00 collected at the campground Firewood bundles can be purchased from the campground host

General Information


Accessible camping sites, accessible vault toilets.


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.05611, -109.41278
45°3'22"N, 109°24'46"W

From U.S. Highway 212, turn off at Rock Creek Road (Forest Road 2421). Go 1 mile to campground entrance, which is on the left. 

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Greenough Lake is a short hike from the back of the campground (0.2 miles). For detailed information on fishing in Greenough Lake, please go to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks' Mountain Lakes Guide, page 60.

River and Stream Fishing

For detailed fishing information on Rock Creek, please go to MFISH.


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