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Location and Access

Emery Bay Campground is located within Flathead National Forest in Montana. Situated near the western shore of Hungry Horse Reservoir, the campground provides access to a wide array of recreational activities, with a stunning natural backdrop.

To get there, you can typically follow U.S. Highway 2 to Martin City, then turn off onto the Hungry Horse Reservoir Road (Forest Service Road 895). The actual condition of the roads and accessibility can change based on weather and seasonal considerations, so it's important to check current road conditions before making the trip.

Campground Features

Campsites: Emery Bay Campground has a range of campsites suitable for tent camping as well as RVs. However, it's important to note the maximum length of RVs that can be accommodated may be limited.

Amenities: Basic amenities such as potable water, vault toilets, and picnic tables are typically provided. There are also fire rings for campfires, assuming there are no fire restrictions in place.

Operational Dates: Like many campgrounds in national forests, Emery Bay may be a seasonal operation, often open from late spring through early fall. Exact opening and closing dates can vary, so checking with the forest service for the current year's dates is essential.


Boating and Fishing: Hungry Horse Reservoir is popular for boating and fishing. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including cutthroat trout and other native species.

Hiking and Biking: There are numerous hiking and biking trails in the surrounding area, providing plenty of opportunities to explore the Flathead National Forest.

Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to an array of wildlife, with opportunities to see animals such as deer, bears, and a variety of bird species.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Some sites at Emery Bay Campground may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others can be reserved in advance. It's recommended to check the current reservation system through the USDA Forest Service or Recreation.gov.

Fees: There is usually a fee for camping at Emery Bay, which helps with the maintenance and operation of the campground. Check for the latest fee schedule before planning your trip.

Regulations and Safety

Fire Safety: Due to the risk of wildfires, campers must adhere to fire regulations, which can change seasonally. Before lighting any campfire, check for current fire danger levels and restrictions.

Wildlife Caution: As in any wilderness area, proper food storage and disposal are critical to ensure safety and to protect wildlife. Use bear-proof containers and avoid leaving food out, especially in areas with known bear activity.

Leave No Trace: Visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the natural environment. Pack out what you pack in, and leave the campground as you found it.

Local Contacts

For the most current information about Emery Bay Campground, directly contacting the local ranger district or visiting the official Flathead National Forest website will provide the latest news, conditions, and any alerts or closures. It is best to get in touch with them before starting your camping trip to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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