Delmoe Lake Campground is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest - the largest national forest in Montana. This is a popular campground with the local people for fishing and playing in the water.
The campground is nestled among pine trees and large boulders and is located about 15 miles east of Butte and along the shores of Delmoe Lake.
The area is known for finding smoky quartz crystals by the lake shores - you might want to try your luck at finding some.
There are lots of trails that start near this campground and inter-connect with many others.
Delmoe Lake Campground offers basic camping facilities, including picnic tables, campfire rings with cast iron grates, vault toilets and drinking water.
The fee for this Montana campground is $8 per night with a 14 day limit. A Golden Age Passport or Interagency Senior Pass will give you a 50% discount - only $4.
There are no hook ups at this campground. The recommended maximum trailer length is 30 feet.
Campsites cannot be reserved - they are all first-come, first-served. On weekends, the campground fills up with locals, so if you want to stay for a few days, it would be good to come no later than Thursday.
One of your most important considerations when you are camping is determining how you will be cooking meals. It is my preference to use a campfire for meals, but that isn't always the best choice - sometimes it decides to rain or maybe you are in a hurry and don't want to wait until the fire is ready to cook on. That's when a camping grill comes in handy - or a camp stove.
I have used many portable camping grills, but the one I feel is the best value for the money is the Coleman Road Trip LXE Grill.
It gives you 20,000 BTUs with 2 burners - you can nicely sear meat at high temperatures and you can cook at different temperatures with the 2 burners. It is awesome for indirect cooking of chicken, ribs or large cuts of meat and does an outstanding job of cooking a rib steak (my favorite).
If you purchase 2 Road Trip cast iron griddles, you can cook an entire breakfast for lots of people on this grill - or for less people with just 1 griddle.
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The campground has 25 designated sites and is at an elevation of 6100 feet.
There are 2 loops to this campground - the one to the right is best for small trailers, pickup campers or tents. The loop to the left is about a mile away from the fork and has a little larger camp sites - but not for really large trailers. There are a couple of pull through sites, but the one we stayed at was hard to get level.
A boat ramp and a nice picnic area are between the two camping loops.
Delmoe Lake provides good fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout.
Pets are allowed, but they must be kept on a leash.
The camping season for Delmoe Lake is from Memorial Day to mid-September.
The access road to this campground from I-90 is a long 10 miles of twisty turns and up and down hills on gravel. There are a few washboard areas, but overall, the road is good - just slow. It took us an hour pulling a fifth wheel to get to the campground from the highway.
There is a host here to answer questions and give you information. They do not sell firewood, but it is plentiful just a short distance from the campground.
I wouldn't recommend Delmoe Lake campground for just an overnight stay because it does take some time to get to it, but if you can stay 3 or 4 nights, it would be good. It is a great place for kids to play in the water.
Directions from Butte: Go 5 miles east on I-90 and take the Homestake exit #233 - turn left and go 9 miles on Forest Road 222 - turn left at Delmoe Recreation Area sign and go 1 mile.
longitude 45.986667 latitude -112.356111
Jefferson Ranger District
P.O. Box F
Whitehall, MT 59759
Enjoy your stay!
Montana Camping Guide.com
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