Description: Spring Gulch Campground is located in the Bitterroot National Forest of southwest Montana. At 4500 feet, the campground covers an area of 2 acres. The campground is equipped with accessible restrooms, water, garbage pick up and 11 designated campsites. There are 2 paved accessible camp sites. Groceries, a food service, laundry facilities are available within five miles of the site. An accessible fishing dock has been built and swimming is available at this site. The maximum recommended trailer length is 50 feet. Please limit your stay to 14 days. You will be asked to pay a small fee for the use of this campground.
The Lewis and Clark expedition entered what is now the Bitterroot National Forest on September 4, 1805, taking a very difficult route to the west what is now Lost Trail Pass. The precise trail is unknown but we know the rugged mountains, bad weather, and hunger were challenges the Corps of Discovery faced. The trail through Lost Trail is one of the most disputed areas of their trip through the mountains. On their journey they met a village of the Salish nation including 33 lodges, and about 440 people and 500 horses. Lewis and Clark purchased 13 more horses from the Salish. On Sept. 6, they continued the journey, traveling northwest out of Ross' Hole camping along the river just north of present day Spring Gulch Campground. They traveled north through the Bitterroot Valley until again turning west at Lolo. Ross' Hole and much of the Bitterroot Valley where Lewis and Clark traveled is private property. For locations of public land please check a forest map or call a forest office.
Directions: Spring Gulch Campground is located 3 miles northwest of the Sula Ranger Station on US Highway 93.