Barron Creek Boating Site

The Barron Creek Boating Site is approximately 25 miles northeast of Libby on FDR road 228. This camping area has seven sites. The 3 sites in the open area have fire rings and vault toilet nearby and are able to accommodate up to a 40' rv. The 4 sites in the boat dock parking area have a vault toilet nearby. Campground road and boat ramp are paved, parking spurs and loops are of native material. Amenities include vault toilets, and a fully developed boat ramp with dock.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The campground and boat ramp are managed from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but is available all year to visitors. Access is dependent upon weather conditions.
Reservations: All sites are on a first come, first serve basis
Fees: $0.00 Pack in/Pack out
Open Season: May
Busiest Season: Fall
Restrictions: Fireworks are not allowed on National Forest System Lands. 14 day stay limit on National Forest System Lands. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed.
Closest Towns: Libby, Montana
Water: No potable water is available.
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Directions: From Libby travel east 13.6 miles to the junction with Koocanusa West Side road 228, turn left. Follow road 228 north for 12.4 miles to Barron Creek Access road 4849, turn right. Dump facilities, showers, gas, laundry, ice and store are located in Libby.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Areas below the high water mark of the Koocanusa Reservoir are open to all motor vehicles including both highway legal and non Highway  legal vehicles with the exception of areas signed on the ground for resource protection.

Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Koocanusa is a 90 mile long reservoir held back by the 422' tall Libby Dam. Libby Dam was completed in 1972 as a joint project between the United States and Canada . Alice Beers, from Rexford, Montana, combined the first three letters from KOOtenai River, and the first three letters of CANada and USA.

Lake Koocanusa is home to a variety of fish species. Sport fish include rainbow trout, west slope cutthroat trout, rainblow trout, bull trout, brook trout, kokanee salmon (blueback), burbot (ling), whitefish, large scale sucker, long nose sucker, northern pike minnow, peamouth, redside shiner, yellow perch and Kamloops (a strain of rainbow trout). The lake has a maximum depth of 370 feet and an average depth of 127 feet.

The surface area of the lake is 28,723 acres and the shoreline is 127.96 miles long.

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

River and Stream Fishing

Barron Creek is 8.1 miles long from its source to where it enters Lake Koocanusa.

Fish species include brook trout, rainbow trout and westslope cutthroat trout.

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

Boating - Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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