Big Therriault Lake Campground is one to check out - it sits beside a gorgeous, isolated, alpine lake and is simply beautiful!
This Montana campground is a popular place to camp and explore the Ten Lakes Scenic Area, which is in the wilderness right by the camp. You will find numerous trails here for hiking or for horseback riding.
Big Therriault Lake Campground is in the Kootenai National Forest and is nestled among fir trees with secluded sites because of heavy timber and underbrush. Steep mountain sides rush down into the lake making it a true mountain lake.
About the Campsite
Big Therriault Lake Campground offers basic facilities including tables, campfire rings with grates, vault toilets and water with a hand pump.
The fee for this forest service campground is $5 per night and with a Golden Age Passport or Interagency Senior Pass, it is only $2.50 - what a deal! Reservations are not available for any of these sites - it is first come, first served only.
There are no hook ups at this campground, so be prepared.
A host will answer questions for you and has firewood available.
The maximum recommended size for a trailer is 32 feet.
About the Campground
Big Therriault Lake Campground consists of 10 sites, some of which are accessible - along with the vault toilets.
It is at a high altitude of 5560 feet and is only managed in July and August. It is open all year for snowmobilers or when the road is passable.
There is a boat ramp for small, non-motorized boats to access the 56 acre lake that is crystal clear. You will catch cutthroat trout here and you can watch lots of wild animals coming for a drink.
Pets are welcome in the campground, but they must be on a leash.
The first 12 miles of the road getting in here are paved, then it turns into a good gravel road that is narrow and winding. Just be careful and go slow and you won't have a problem.
The only problem with this campground is that there are not many sites - 10 in this campground and 6 in Little Therriault Lake Campground plus 2 in the horse camp. If they are all full, I don't know where you would go - I don't recall seeing any place where you could get off the road and camp. I think you would have to go all the way back to the Grave Creek Campground.
Even though it is a long way in here, it is so worth it - the country is so beautiful and it is right next to Canada. I would take a chance on there being a campsite available.
When you are on a camping trip to Montana, or anywhere else, you might want to take a day and go to a nearby event, or even when you are on a long driving trip - it's nice to take along a cooler for food and drinks. It would be hard to find a better value than a Coleman 30 can cooler. It has a removable hard liner that makes it easy to clean and dump out the water from melted ice and it also helps to keep your food from getting crushed. This cooler will hold 30 cans of your favorite drinks, or you can pack fewer cans and put in some food. It takes up less space than the hard plastic ones, yet it holds the same amount as an Igloo Playmate cooler. I love this Coleman 30 can cooler and you will too!!
Directions from Eureka: Go south on highway 93 for 7.5 miles to Grave Creek Road - go west for 14 miles, turn and go on Forest Service Road 319 for 14 miles.
Latitude 48.936747 Longitude -114.877833
Map of Kootenai Forest and Campgrounds
1. Gateway Boat Camp
21. Yaak River
Fortine Ranger District
Fortine, MT 59918
Enjoy your stay at this campground - it is awesome!
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