Reservoir Lake Campground

Dillon, Montana

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Set on a 45-acre lake in a narrow slice of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest, this campground is a quiet respite after a beautiful, albeit bumpy, 60-mile drive from Dillon. On the drive, you’ll pass through sagebrush plains and grasslands and may begin to doubt that there is a forest at the end of the road, but the Beaverhead Mountains loom ahead of you, and your campsite will be only 3 miles as the crow flies from the Idaho-Montana border and the Continental Divide Trail. The access road is part of the designated Nez Perce National Historic Trail and follows a portion of the route used by Chief Joseph as he valiantly attempted to lead the Nez Perce across the Canadian border to safety. The Beaverhead portion of the forest and the mountain range are named after a rock near Dillon that the Shoshone called Beavershead, because it resembled the head of a swimming beaver. It was a significant landmark recognized by Sacajawea when she accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition and has been preserved as a state park 13 miles north of Dillon, on MT 41.
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by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Set on a 45-acre lake in a narrow slice of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest, this campground is a quiet respite after a beautiful, albeit bumpy, 60-mile drive from Dillon. On the drive, you’ll pass through sagebrush plains and grasslands and may begin to doubt that there is a forest at the end of the road, but the Beaverhead Mountains loom ahead of you, and your campsite will be only 3 miles as the crow flies from the Idaho-Montana border and the Continental Divide Trail.

The access road is part of the designated Nez Perce National Historic Trail and follows a portion of the route used by Chief Joseph as he valiantly attempted to lead the Nez Perce across the Canadian border to safety. The Beaverhead portion of the forest and the mountain range are named after a rock near Dillon that the Shoshone called Beavershead, because it resembled the head of a swimming beaver. It was a significant landmark recognized by Sacajawea when she accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition and has been preserved as a state park 13 miles north of Dillon, on MT 41.

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

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Dillon
Campsites: 15 Sites
Season: Year-round when accessible; fees and water mid-June–mid-September only.
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Beaverhead-Deerhead Lodge National Forest. 406-683-3900, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
Fees per Night: $8, $2/additional vehicle
Facilities: Water spigot, vault toilets, boat launch.
Driving Directions: Directions to Reservoir Lake Campground

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