Copper King Campground

Area Status: Open

This campground is in a moist river bottom cedar forest (bring your bug repellent in June and July). Adjacent Thompson River offers fishing opportunities. Access for large vehicles can be challenging.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening May 23, 2024.

The campground is first come, first served. Water will not be available until mid June. Call District to confirm opening date 406-826-3821.
Reservations: No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Fees: No fee required
Open Season: May 23 - Late fall
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Bear Safety and Food Storage Requirements Information
Closest Towns: Thompson Falls, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District, 406-826-3821

General Information

Directions: From the town of Thompson Falls, travel east on state highway 200. Turn left (north) onto the paved Thompson River Road (do not take the graveled road).
General Notes: A picnic table and fire ring is available at each campsite. The campground road is not suitable for long vehicles or trailers. The group site is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

A nice, cool place to camp after a day of fishing in the sunshine.
No. of Sites 4
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Camping

A nice, shady place to be on a hot day. Group site is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
No. of Sites 1
Difficulty Level: Easy

River and Stream Fishing

The Thompson River offers fishing opportunities. Mostly wading, very little boat fishing.
Fish Species brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, mountain whitefish
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Related Information

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Recreation Activities


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  • Click here to learn about staying safe and following the rules of bear country.
  • Click here to find a map to take on your adventures.
  • Click here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest.
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