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Plan Your Trip

Getting Here

See below for directions from the nearest popular cities.

From Billings, MT

Fort Smith is located approximately 90 miles South East of Billings, Montana. From the Billings Logan International Airport, drive east on Interstate 94 then exit on to I-90 south to Hardin. Take the first Hardin exit and turn right, veering right where the road forks, and driving straight through the four-way stop. This is Hwy 313. Follow Hwy 313 and the signs to Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area 20 miles to St. Xavier and turn left. In approximately 16 miles take a right just past mile marker 38. Cross the irrigation Canal and turn left. Cottonwood Camp is located ahead.

From Sheridan, WY

Approximately 50 miles north of Sheridan Wyoming, turn left off I-90 at the Lodge Grass exit. Go through the town. About 4-5 miles out of town, at the top of a hill, you will see the sign indicating the right turn to Fort Smith. This road ends at 313. Turn left at 313. In approximately 14 miles take a right just past mile marker 38. Cross the irrigation Canal and turn left. Cottonwood Camp is located ahead.

What To Bring

Besides your fishing, boating, or camping gear, the two items you need to pick up prior to your arrival are food and beverages. All cabins have kitchenettes and grills. The camping area has fire pits and grills.

Food

The availability of groceries is limited in Fort Smith. There is a small grocery/convenience store, but fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish are usually not available. If you plan to do your own cooking while at Cottonwood Camp, you should stop at the large grocery store in Hardin, and pick up what you will need for your stay.

Beer, Wine, Etc.

We know that beer and fishing go hand-in-hand, so we want to make sure that you're fully prepared. The Bighorn River flows through the Crow Indian Reservation, where the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages need to be purchased prior to your arrival, so be sure to get what you need for your stay.