White Sand Campground


Area Status: Open

59 miles southwest of Missoula, Montana, White Sand Campground is found between the Elk Summit Road and Lochsa River adjacent to White Sand Pond. The campground is underneath a stand of mixed conifers and shrubs. The campground consists of one loop with seven sites. A day use area located adjacent to the pond is popular for fishing and picnicking.

The Campground will accomodate 30-ft. RV's.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Reservations: Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees: $14.00 - single unit, $2.00 per extra vehicle
Open Season: May 18 - October 31, 2022
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: Drinking water not available
Restroom: 1 vault toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa-Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

General Information

Directions:

White Sand Campground is located one mile down the Elk Summit Road #111 after turning off US Highway 12 at about milemarker 164. The turn-off for this well-maintained gravel road is located 59 miles southwest of Missoula, Montana. This junction is two miles east of the road to Powell Ranger Station. White Sand Campground is located between the Elk Summitt road and Lochsa River adjacent to White Sand Pond. 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

1 loop with 7 sites on a single gravel loop road.
Parking spurs are gravel.
One fee station, one bulletin board and a dumpster near the entrance to the campground.
All of the campsites have a picnic table and a fire ring. 

Lake and Pond Fishing

The day use area is around White Sand pond. Idaho Fish and Game stocks the pond with fish (trout) each year. The pond is a popular fishing hole from May through July. The day use area has parking, two picnic tables and one fire ring. No fee is charged at this time.

River and Stream Fishing

The Lochsa River is known for its steelhead, salmon and trout fishing. Catch and release only. The best time to break out the poles are in mid-August through September.

Day Hiking

The Lewis and Clark Trail is nearby. The route is good for those looking for a quick day hike or a longer backpacking trip.

Backpacking

The Lewis and Clark Trail is nearby. The route is good for those looking for a quick day hike or a longer backpacking trip.

Viewing Plants

The area surrounding White Sand Campground is well known for its superb berry picking opportunities. 

Picnicking

The day use area around the pond comes with parking, two picnic tables and one fire ring and offers wonderful views of the pond and surrounding scenery while picnicking.

Scenic Driving

Scenic driving opportunities abound along the beautiful Lochsa River and near the campground.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.508111

  Longitude : 
-114.686167

  Elevation : 
3500 ̍