Hood Creek Campground

Bozeman, Montana

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Built in the 1940s to provide water for area farms and ranches, Hyalite Reservoir is the anchor for a recreation area attracting hikers, campers, anglers, and those just seeking a little time to relax outdoors. Due to its close proximity, it’s a prime recreation destination for Bozeman residents and Montana State University students, but there’s plenty of room for everyone. You’ll find several Forest Service campgrounds here, but Hood Creek is our choice for tenters. Access is a bit more difficult than at the others, and this cuts down on the number of RVs. Hood Creek is spread in a narrow band along the reservoir, providing plenty of room between sites as well as a lot of space within the sites themselves. Reservations are accepted for all but seven of the sites here. One of the nonreservable sites is Site 5, the only one set on the opposite side of the road from the reservoir. This is a nicely forested site and isn’t a bad choice. Overall, site 17 is the best, even though the road to the boat ramp runs along one side.
Best Tent Camping: Montana

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Best Tent Camping: Montana

by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Built in the 1940s to provide water for area farms and ranches, Hyalite Reservoir is the anchor for a recreation area attracting hikers, campers, anglers, and those just seeking a little time to relax outdoors. Due to its close proximity, it’s a prime recreation destination for Bozeman residents and Montana State University students, but there’s plenty of room for everyone. You’ll find several Forest Service campgrounds here, but Hood Creek is our choice for tenters. Access is a bit more difficult than at the others, and this cuts down on the number of RVs.

Hood Creek is spread in a narrow band along the reservoir, providing plenty of room between sites as well as a lot of space within the sites themselves. Reservations are accepted for all but seven of the sites here. One of the nonreservable sites is Site 5, the only one set on the opposite side of the road from the reservoir. This is a nicely forested site and isn’t a bad choice. Overall, site 17 is the best, even though the road to the boat ramp runs along one side.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Bozeman
Campsites: 25 and 1 group site
Season: Mid-May–October, weather permitting
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Camping
Features: Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gallatin National Forest. 406-522-2520, www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin; reservations: 877-4446777, recreation.gov
Fees per Night: $15, $7/additional vehicle
Facilities: Hand-pump well, vault toilets, boat ramp, picnic area, firewood for sale.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hood Creek Campground

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