Big Pine campground is located in the Lolo National Forest of western Montana and on the banks of one of the major tributaries to the Clark Fork River, known as Fish Creek. With excellent fishing opportunities, Fish Creek is a beautiful clear mountain creek that runs fall fly fishing Missoula right through the back of this campground.
A medium size campground, Big Pine not only has Fish Creek running through it, it’s also home to the largest Ponderosa Pine in the continental US. Hence, the name Big Pine.
Finally, the location of this campground makes for easy access to numerous outdoor resources including the Clark Fork River with opportunities for fishing and water sports such as whitewater rafting, not to mention the numerous hiking and biking trails in the forests nearby.
As for the camping, this medium sized campground has numerous campsites with fire rings, tables and one restroom. There are both large group sites in the open meadow and small individual sites in the trees, backed right up to Fish Creek.
This campground is not handicap accessible and is classified as a tent campground because of the lack of power hookups for trailers. There’s a gravel road through the campground and all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations).
One benefit to this spot is that there are no fees, but being free with no reservations, also means you will need to get there early if you want one of the more coveted sites next to the creek. So, if you’re looking for a campground where you can raft, kayak, fly-fish, swim or just check out one big tree, this is the place.