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BUFFALO (IDAHO), ID

Photo: BUFFALO (IDAHO)
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Buffalo Campground is located 26 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana and 25 miles north of Ashton, Idaho in beautiful Island Park, Idaho.

Buffalo is a large campground just off U.S. Highway 20 on the banks of the Buffalo River at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Visitors love Island Park for its world-class fishing and outstanding scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Natural Features:

Island Park is composed of two areas of extinct volcanic activity. The Henry's Fork Caldera sits inside the larger Island Park Caldera. The area is known for its dense forests of lodgepole pine, broad grassy meadows bursting with summer wildflowers and a wide variety of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears, moose, elk, deer, bald eagles, Sandhill cranes and much, much more.

The campground lies alongside the Buffalo River, created by a large spring just 4.5 miles away. The Buffalo is a tributary of the Henry's Fork, and flows into it just 2 miles east of the campground. Brook and rainbow trout are plentiful in the Buffalo and a variety of waterfowl and wildlife frequents the river corridor.

Recreation:

The Island Park area is renowned for its fishing; the Henry's Fork is known as one of the nation's best fly-fishing streams. Anglers cast for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout and Kokanee salmon. Island Park Reservoir and Henry's Lake are nearby, both offering boating, water skiing and excellent fishing opportunities.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATVing are popular activities. Many miles of trails are in the area, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Nez Perce Trail.

The Big Springs National Recreation Water Trail offers an approximately three-hour float or canoe trip through beautiful scenery. Wildlife, including moose, bald eagles and Sandhill cranes, are often seen along the trail.

Facilities:

The campground offers has six loops of single family sites and one loop for group camping, for a total of 127 sites, 50 of which are reservable. The large group site can accommodate 150 people. One loop has electric hook-ups and all loops are paved.

Accessible flush and vault toilets are provided, as is drinking water and trash collection. A separate parking area is located at the accessible fishing dock and viewing platforms on the east end of the campground.

Ponds Lodge is just across the highway and has fuel, groceries and other amenities.

Nearby Attractions:

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is 7 miles south of the campground. This 28-mile road leads to scenic overlooks and trails at 110 foot Upper Mesa Falls and 85 foot Lower Mesa Falls.

Harriman State Park is 8 miles south. The Henry's Fork meanders through the Harriman, offering excellent fishing. Over 20 miles of trails are available, and wildlife is abundant in this scenic park.

Henry's Lake State Park is 11 miles north, offering fishing, a fish cleaning station and boat ramp.

Yellowstone National Park's west entrance is just 26 miles north in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana. Visitors enjoy day-tripping to the park for unparalleled wildlife viewing and the beautiful and unique scenery.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Host
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Rafting
Know Before You Go
  • Wildlife Caution
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • A $6 fee for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground
  • No ATVs/OHVs allowed in the campground
  • This campground has first come, first served sites
  • Click here for more information on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.42639, -111.36889
44°25'35"N, 111°22'8"W

From West Yellowstone, Montana, take U.S. Highway 20 south for 26 miles.

From Ashton, Idaho: Take U.S. Highway 20 north for 25 miles. The campground entrance is .25 miles north of Ponds Lodge on the east side of the highway.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BUFFALO (IDAHO)
HIGHWAY 20
ISLAND PARK ID 83429

Phone Number:

Information: (208)558-7658