Welcome to Cottonwood Camp


Steve Blodgett

Cottonwood Camp is a complete and full service lodging, camping, and recreational facility for fly fishers and vacationers alike. Cottonwood Camp opened on the Bighorn River in 1981. A business built on “word of mouth”, Cottonwood Camp has become “A Tradition” among those who know the Bighorn River and our area well. We are very proud of our camp and invite you to “Become a Part of the Bighorn Tradition” that is Cottonwood.

The Bighorn River is well-known throughout the world for the superb fly fishing it offers. The first thirteen miles–from Afterbay Access to Bighorn Access–have more trout per mile and a bigger average trout size than any other river in Montana. You probably have a better chance of catching a trout over 20 inches on the Bighorn than on any other river in Montana. Bighorn trout are extremely healthy because of the river’s excellent food supply. They are wonderful fighters and very acrobatic. Dry fly fishing, nymphing, and fishing streamers can all be productive for much of the year. The Bighorn River is open and very fishable the entire year. Peak fishing times are from April till the end of September. If you are looking for some solitude we recommend booking your stay during the months of October through March.

203_Jim_s_22.5_inch_Bighorn_BowCottonwood Camp is nestled under towering cottonwood trees on twenty-two acres of well-kept lawns, surrounded by uninhabited fields and marshes, within sight and walking distance of the Bighorn River. We have thirteen lodging units–all complete with full kitchens, 11 with full baths. There are sixteen recreational vehicle sites and a large camping area. We have two large bath houses, with modern restroom and shower facilities.

We also have a Fly Shop, which doubles as a small convenience store. Free wireless internet is available throughout the property.

We are located in eastern Montana, 90 miles from Billings, Montana, to the north and 90 miles from Sheridan, Wyoming, to the south. It is an easy drive from either direction.

203_McGovern_AquariumCottonwood Camp provides guide services. Whether you are spending one day or one week on the “Horn”, time invested with a dedicated guide who can show you fly fishing techniques, secret “honey holes”, and “hot flies”, will be money well spent in a priceless adventure on the Bighorn River.

We are very proud of our business. We invite you to “Become a Part of the Bighorn Tradition” that is Cottonwood. The Camp is open year round and the welcome mat is always out.