Blackfoot River State Park in Montana is the perfect spot for camping along the Blackfoot River, which is a tributary of the Clark Fork of the Columbia River. The river starts at the junction of Beartrap and Anaconda Creeks in the Continental Divide area. The mouth of the river is in Bonner, Montana about 132 miles to the west.
As the river meanders through the region, it winds its way through striking, glaciated meadows high in the mountains, and lush forests. Although the river is free flowing, the Milltown Dam has been a part of the river since 1907, blocking the passage of fish on the Clark Fork River.
Several access points along the river allow for both day and overnight camping, as well recreation activities such as floating, fishing, and hunting. Look for access signs off Highway 200 to find areas set out for these activities – they should start appearing at Johnsrud Park located 11 miles from Bonner. If you want to access the river through Blackfoot River State Park, look for the signs and you should be able to find it. The overnight camping fee is $5 if you have a fishing license, and costs $12 without one.