Timberlane Campground


photo of the shelter

Timberlane Campground is located along a forest creek and in an area thick with towering trees. Several hiking trails exist in the area. The campground may accommodate up to 200 people and is great for reunions and receptions. Its a great place to enjoy the Kootenai National Forest.

Natural Features:

The campground is located along Pipe Creek in the Kootenai National Forest of northwestern Montana. It lies in a mixed conifer forest at an elevation of about 2,600 feet. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area. 

The area is historically significant, once a former habitat and hunting ground for the Kootenai Tribe. Certain parts of the forest remain sacred to the tribe, including a location on Pipe Creek that contains soft, multicolored stone, which was used to carve bowls for tobacco pipes used in ceremonies. Pipe Creek used to produce stones of several different colors.


Horseshoe pits, a volleyball court and a large, grassy play field are available at the campground. Pipe Creek allows visitors to enjoy fishing and swimming in the clear mountain water. The campground and picnic area are surrounded by a 1-mile hiking trail. 

Visitors also enjoy scenic drives, biking and watching for wildlife along any of the roadways in the area. Pipe Creek Road heads deep into the surrounding forest.


The campground offers nearly a dozen single-family campsites, each equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Additionally, the 20' x 20' shelter is perfect for gatherings. The campground includes vault toilets, drinking water, cooking grills, and a 15 amp electrical receptacle with limited capabilites located at the shelter. If you require more than 15 amps, you will need to bring your own generator. Parking surfaces are gravel.

Nearby Attractions:

Timberlane Campground is near the David Thompson Historic Route, the 67-mile Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway and the Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River bike route. 

The town of Libby is nearby, making the campground a perfect location for overnight stays during the wildly popular Logger Days, various car club events and Nordicfest.

road at entry point to the campground photo of a campsite photo of a campsite photo of the shelter view of shelter from the north

At a Glance

Reservations: For the group site, reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance. 
  • Group site: 1-100 people  $75.00 per night; 100 - max people  $150.00 per night per night
  • Check-in/check-out 12:00 Noon
Open Season: Mid May
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Libby,  Montana
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For more information, including instructions to open the locked gate, contact the Libby Ranger District at 406-293-7773

General Information


Accessible picnic shelter and vault toilets.


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.48889, -115.525
48°29'20"N, 115°31'30"W

From Libby, Montana, cross the Kootenai River Bridge and turn north onto Pipe Creek Road 68, which leads to the town of Yaak and Turner Mountain Ski Area. Travel 8 miles to the gate, which is approximately 1 mile past the community of Pipe Creek.

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