Camping & Reservation Policies
The following is helpful information to know when making camping reservations.
- You may reserve campsites from the third Friday in May through the third Sunday in September.
- 2019 Reservations for individual campsites, group campsites, and facilities are available up to 9 months in advance of arrival, beginning at 8 AM (Mountain Time). In 2020, you can make bookings up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
- The minimum reservation window varies by park.
- 1-day minimum window at Beavertail Hill, Black Sandy, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake, Tongue River Reservoir and Whitefish Lake.
- 2-day minimum window at Bannack, Big Arm, Brush Lake, Cooney, Finley Point, Hell Creek, Logan, Lake Mary Ronan, Makoshika, Missouri Headwaters, Thompson Falls, West Shore, and Wayfarers.
- Reservation fees are non-refundable, non-transferable.
- $10 per individual campsite reserved
- $25 per group or facility site reserved
- Call Center Hours
- Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM (Mountain Time)
- Saturday – Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM (Mountain Time)
Changes and Cancelations
- You may change or cancel your reservation up to two days prior to arrival by calling (855) 922-6768. To change or cancel reservations less than two days before check-in, please contact the destination park or by calling (855) 514-2429.
- You may extend stays without incurring a modification fee. All other modifications will be charged a $10 service fee.
- To change your reservation to dates that do not overlap with the original timeframe, you must cancel the existing booking and make a new reservation. All service fees apply.
- Cancellations made prior to the scheduled check-in time for a campsite or facility (Cabins, Yurts and Tipis) will be charged a $10 cancellation fee.
- Cancellations made after the scheduled check-in time for campsite will incur a $10 cancellation fee plus the first night and usage fees for any additional expired nights of the reservation.
- Unless arrangements have been made with the park, you must arrive by check-in on the day after your scheduled arrival or your status will become a “No-show”. All fees are forfeited when a reservation turns to “No-Show” status.
- Cancellations for facilities (Cabins, Yurts, and Tipis) received after scheduled check-in time will incur a cancellation fee of the first night's use fee as well as the usage fees for any additional expired nights of the reservation.
Refunds will be processed using the original method of payment whenever possible. If you paid by credit card, your original account will be credited electronically. If you paid by cash, check or money order, limited refunds may be provided to you in cash at the park, by check (via mail) from Montana State Parks, or through a system voucher for use in a future stay.
General Camping Policies
- Campers may stay no longer than 14 nights in any thirty-day period. Saving campsites is prohibited.
- Check-in time is 2 PM for campsites and 3 PM for facilities (Mountain Time).
- Check-out time is 1 PM for campsites and 12 PM for facilities (Mountain Time). Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made with park staff.
- Quiet Hours are 10 PM through 7 AM. Camping is permitted only in designated areas. Please be considerate of fellow campers and arrive early (prior to 10 PM) to set up your campsite. The noise created from setting up is often disturbing to other campers. If this is not possible, please be respectful and keep noise to a minimum. Your consideration is appreciated!
- Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!
- All pets must be kept on a leash and not left unattended. Campers are responsible to clean up after their pet. Not all facilities allow pets.
- Vehicles for campground visitors and park day-users are to be located outside the campground.
- Site capacity at each individually signed or numbered campsite is eight (8) people. This typically involves a single camping unit, which includes, but not limited to, a tent, motor home, camping bus, truck mounted camper shell, pull-type camper, or other device designed and commonly used for sleeping.
- In the event the site is designated as a “Double Site”, the site capacity for that site is doubled to allow for sixteen (16) people and two camping units.
Discounts and Passes
- Montana Seniors – Montana residents who are 62 years of age or older receive a discount of 50% off camping fees (does not apply to electrical fees). To receive the discount, enter the month and year of your birth when asked for a pass number.
- Montana Disabled – Montana residents with a disability, verified by either a disability form obtained from the department and signed by a physician, a Resident Disability Conservation License, or a disability permit or license plate issued by the Montana Motor Vehicle Division, receive a discount of 50% off camping fees (does not apply to electrical fees).
- New - beginning October 1: Montana Veterans – Montana residents with veteran status receive a discount of 50% off camping fees (does not apply to electrical fees). Proof of eligibility to receive the discount includes the DD 214 form, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID or a driver’s license indicating the person’s veteran status.
- Nonresident Pass – The $35 Nonresident Entrance Pass discounts camping $10-$12 per night (depending on site type). The pass number is on the pass sticker; however, if a pass has been purchased and not received at the time of the reservation, the automated licensing number issued by the department may be used temporarily.