Powell Campground

Area Status: Open
Powell Campground

Adjacent to the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River, 60 miles southwest of Missoula, MT and 88 miles northeast of Kooskia, ID, the Powell Campground has 3 paved loops and sits in a mature stand of mixed-conifers and shrubs, providing nice shade for all of the campsites. A popular destination for visitors from Montana, as well as travelers along Highway 12, it is often used for family reunions, weddings and large group gatherings, and is the only campground in this prospectus to offer electrical hook-ups. The campground is walking distance to the historic Powell Ranger Station and Lochsa Lodge, which has a restaurant, rental cabins, convenience store and fuel. Visitors to Powell Campground often enjoy relaxing by the river, fishing, rafting and swimming as well as hiking and backpacking on some of the nearby trails.  A campground host is usually on duty during open season.

The Campground will accomodate 40-ft. RV's.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open seasonally. Reservations accepted at www.Recreation.gov. Reservations begin May 17, 2023. First come, first served begins September 10, 2023. Campground closes October 31, 2023. Water shut off September 10, 2023.
Operational Hours: Reservations begin May 17, 2023. First come, first served begins September 10, 2023. Campground closes October 31, 2023
Reservations: To make a reservation, please visit Powell Campground on Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
  • $20.00 – Single Unit With Electricity (Loop A)
  • $14.00 – Single Unit Without Electricity (Loop B)
  • $2.00 - Extra Vehicle
  • Reduced Camp Fee TBD after water is off.
Open Season: May 17, 2023 - October 31, 2023
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: Drinking water is provided by 6 separate hydrants throughout the campground
Restroom: 2 flush toilet and 4 vault toilets
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa-Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

General Information


Powell Campground is located on Rd. # 102, one half mile off of US Highway 12, near milepost 162. This road is paved and is the access to Powell Ranger Station and Lochsa Lodge. This junction is 60 miles southwest of Missoula and 88 miles northeast of Kooskia.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

The campground consists of three paved loops with one of the loops being designed for day-use only.

  • Loop A- 23 camp sites (see RV Camping above for details).
  • Loop B- 10 campsites and no electrical hook-ups. One of the campsites has a 200 foot pull-through drive. Two sites have pull-alongside parking and the remaining seven sites are back-in spurs, averaging 40 feet in length.  Host site, a flush toilet and amphitheater are in this loop. Two vault toilets at the far end of loop and two water hydrants on each end. Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. The host site has water, sewer and electric hook ups a picnic table and fire ring.
  •  Loop C- day-use picnic area located within Loop B. Open field with very little shade with two individual picnic sites and one large group site. Each site has picnic table and barbeque grill. One water hydrant near group site. 

RV Camping

Loop A has 23 camp sites with electrical hook ups. Half of the campsites in this loop are next to the river. Each campsite has an electrical hookup, picnic table and fire ring. Two of the 23 sites are 200 foot pull-through drives. The rest are back-in spurs, averaging 40 feet in length. There are two concrete vault toilets and two water hydrants in this loop. One flush toilet is located between Loop A and the Host site.

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Lewis and Clark Trail #25 passes through the campground and access to the Historic Lolo Trail Corridor is across Highway 12 on Rd. # 569.



Scenic Driving

Powell campground is located off Highway 12, also know as the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway-All American Road.

Access to the Historic Lolo Trail Corridor is across Highway 12 on Rd. # 569.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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