Howard Lake Campground

photo view of the lake

Howard Lake campground is located south of Libby on road 4779. The campground has 10 sites (3 pull thru's) including one host site with tables and fire rings.  Campground roads and parking spurs are gravel.  Amenities include vault toilets and swimming beach. There are 2 day use sites with fire rings and picnic tables near the beach area.

The camphost may close the gate to the campground each evening at 10:00 pm and open it again at 7:00 am. The gate closes for the season on December 1st and is opened again when access permits.

Howard Lake and Howard Creek were prospected and named after the Howard brothers, Alfred and Benjamin. These two were among some of the the earliest miners to file and work claims on Upper Libby Creek from 1885 to 1915 when at the age of 80 Benjamin died.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: The campground is managed from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The gate to the campground in closed on December 1 and re-opened on May 1.  Access is dependent upon weather conditions.
Reservations: All sites are on a first come; first serve basis
Fees: $10.00 daily fee per single site 50% discount with US Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access Passes
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: 16 day stay limit on all National Forest System Lands. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed. Lighting of fireworks is not allowed on National Forest System Lands.
Closest Towns: Libby, MT
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Directions: From Libby, travel 12 miles south on US Highway 2 and turn onto Libby Creek Road 231. Follow this road for 14 miles to the campground sign.  Dump facilities, showers, laundry, gas, ice and store are located in Libby, MT.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Howard Lake is a beautiful lake for fishing or playing.  The lake is 33 acres in size with an average depth of 30 feet.  The deepest point in the lake is 58 feet.  Rainbow trout is the most common fish caught, but other species are present.

Visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site for fishing regulations.

Boating - Motorized

Howard Lake is 32.6 acres in size. Therefore limiting it to a no-wake lake.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks regulate all watercraft operating on public lakes and reservoirs that are 35 acres or fewer are limited to a no-wake speed.

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