Larry Creek Group Camp

Florence, Montana

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Overview

Larry Creek Group Campground is located in western Montana's Bitterroot National Forest. It is a great location for an extended family or group getaway, providing access to many fishing, hiking, mountain biking and hunting opportunities.

Recreation

A variety of non-motorized trails are nearby, including a half-mile nature trail that highlights some the area's best features. The 9-mile Bass Creek Trail is located just south of the campground and leads to a scenic overlook and many fishing holes. Bass Lake, Bass Creek and numerous additional mountain streams make the campground a very popular location for fishing. An interpretive trail, fitness trail and volleyball court are located within the campground.

Facilities

The campground offers one large, accessible group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. It can accommodate up to 75 people and 10 vehicles. The adjacent parking area is small, limiting RVs to about 30 feet in length. The site is equipped with a picnic shelter, several tables, a large campfire circle and grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. A gravel road accesses the campground. Vehicles must stay on Forest Roads and in the designated parking area. Vehicles are not allowed off-road. Motorized access to the meadow is not allowed.

Natural Features

The campground sits at a fairly low elevation in the Bass Creek Recreation Area between Missoula and Hamilton. It is situated west of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, in an area forested with pine, spruce and fir trees.

A variety of wildlife, including mule and white-tailed deer, elk, moose and birds can often be seen in the area.

Nearby Attractions

The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Bitterroot River about 20 miles from the campground. The refuge provides visitors with opportunities for wildlife observation, photography, hunting, fishing and environmental education. A wildlife viewing area offers 2.5 miles of nature trails, including an accessible 0.5-mile path. The trails meander through meadows and woodlands along the river.

A variety of services are available in the neighboring city of Stevensville.

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