Elk Summit Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Elk Summit Area, Hoodoo Lake

This sweet destination of a campground rests a short distance from the 1.34 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Located just 24 miles south of Highway 12, you'll have available to you 15 campsites, stock facilities, stunning scenery, and access to some of the nation's wildest country including many remote alpine lakes and mountain peaks. Hoodoo Lake is just a short stroll from the campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Reservations: Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees No Fee.
Open Season: The campground is open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Late Summer
Restrictions: Snow is not plowed in winter. No garbage services available. Pack It In, Pack It Out. When entering Wilderness areas there are special guidelines defined by Congress that visitors must follow. Please keep in mind the following and visit Wilderness.net for specific information regarding Wilderness areas:
  • This is rugged wild country with no cell phone service
  • There is a 14-day limit on camping or storing equipment and supplies at a site.
  • A site is defined as any location and the surrounding five mile area.
  • Travel is permitted only by foot or by stock.
  • Group size is restricted to 20 people and 20 head of stock.
  • Use of wheeled vehicles and motorized equipment is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: Non-potable water available for stock animals only.
Restroom: 3 vault toilets. Toilets are not available October to May.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113
  • During open season visitors can get information from volunteers stationed at the nearby Forest Service guard station.

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