Bull River Campground and Group Site


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The Bull River Campground is located  approximately 11 miles east of the Idaho border in Montana on Hwy 200. The campground is located in a natural wooded area at the confluence of the Bull River and the Clark Fork River.  The The campground has 26 sites including one host site, with tables and fire rings accomodating up to a 40' length rv. Two of the sites are pull throughs. Amenities include potable water, flush/vault toilets, reservable group site, and a fully developed boat launch with a dock.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The campground is managed from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Campground gate is closed from December 1 to May 1, but may close earlier if we get a large amount of snow. The boat launch is available all year weather permitting.
Reservations: All sites are on first come first serve basis
Rentals & Guides: The Bull River Pavilion can be rented by the day and for overnight use. Reservations can be taken by the Ranger Station only 3 days in advance of your stay or contact the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov
Fees $10.00 daily fee per single site - $30.00 group area per day 50% discount with US Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access Passes
Open Season: May 1
Best Season: Summer
  • 16 Day stay limit on all National Forest System Lands.
  • Lighting of fireworks is not allowed on National Forest System Lands.
Closest Towns: Noxon, Montana
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush/Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Directions: From Trout Creek travel northwest to mile marker 11.2 on Highway 200, 0.7 miles east of the junction with Highway 56. The Highway 200 mile markers begin at the Montana/Idaho border. Dump facilities, showers, laundry, gas, ice and store are located in nearby Trout Creek. 

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River and Stream Fishing

The Bull River is 24.7 miles long from its headwaters to its entry into the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir. The North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork of the Bull River are the contributors to the main river system. These main tributaries derive from the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness.

Fish species found in the Bull River are westslope cutthroat trout, brown trout, bull trout, rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, sculpin and largescale suckers. Visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks web page for current fishing regulations. 

The Bull River offers the canoeist or rafter a beautiful opportunity to enjoy a day. Its meandering flow along the valley floor is relaxing, offering great viewing opportunities of flora and fauna. 

Lake and Pond Fishing

The Cabinet Gorge Reservoir is 18 mile long reservoir held back by the 208' high Cabinet Gorge Dam. The Cabinet Gorge Dam was completed in 1952 by Morrison Knudsen Corporation, a worldwide construction firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho.  It cost $47 million and one year to complete.

This section of the Clark Fork River is home to a variety of fish species these include large and small mouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and peamouth. The lake has an average depth of 67 feet.

The surface area of the lake is 2,848 acres and the shoreline is 37.89 miles long.

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




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