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#1 of 7 Specialty lodging in Fort Smith
Cottonwood Camp is a full-service campground next to the famous Big Horn River. We have 14 cabins, 9 full hook-up sites, 10 electric/water sites and 20 tent sites offering lots of shade. All cabins offer a kitchen and gas grills for cooking. Most cabins have bathrooms inside the cabins. We also have 2 bath houses with clean showers and a full service fly shop.
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free airport transportation
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Non-smoking hotel
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270 Cottonwood Camp Road, Fort Smith, MT 59035
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Billings Airport46 mi
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We stayed in site #4 right next to the really tall cottonwood trees. The weather was beautiful, some rain in the first two days in the evening but after that it was wonderful. The Bighorn river is running high right now so we didn't do a lot of fishing but still had a great time at this park!! We stayed 6 nights and enjoyed every minute of it!! The bathrooms are clean. The staff is very helpful and is a really great place to stay to fish and see the area, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Yellowtail Dam in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area.
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My buddy and I stayed at Cottonwood camp for a few days while we fished the bighorn. Although we stayed in tents, it was a super nice campground that had a very nice staff. The guides that worked the fly shop gave us a bunch of info about the area and the river, which made the trip that much better. Warm showers, clean water, ice and firewood available. Great time. Thank you CWC, We will be back!
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The famous Big Horn River is what brought us here from a posh lodge over on the also famous Madison. Awesome to fish two outstanding rivers, the Elk Horn was flowing high which made the fishing a little more challenging, but the Army Corps and the snow melt determine that. Our guide Ian was the best part of the trip, helped us to catch big trout on super small size 22 dry flies-it was incredible. He even walked our boat to in front of pods of gorging trout so we perfectly cast and catch them, truly above and beyond. Good place to stay, that won't clean out your bank account.
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My son and I had a great trip out there this past April. I returned about mid September to tent camp. Very nice sites with shade. Plenty of hot water in the showers and good job for keeping it so clean! Thanks to Phil and Amy for running such a nice place, to Brady for the excellent advice on flies to use and how to fish them and to Ian for his excellent guiding and great company. Thanks too for your excellent service with your drift boats and shuttles. I value this place not only for a nice place to stay and good fishing but for the great people that work there.
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Response from Amy M, Owner at Cottonwood Camp
Responded Oct 4, 2017
We are so glad to read that your time was spectacular! Thanks for sharing your great review!!
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Ok, I had to use that title. "Excellent" reviews are what got us to Cottonwood Camp, but boy were we disappointed! Yes, the location is absolutely fabulous, just a quick drive to the Three Mile put-in and great location for wade fishing (although this is a bad year with lots of grass and warm water). But the accommodations and practices are less than stellar. We were camping, not staying in the cabins, so these comments apply only to RVing in a site with utilities. First disappointment: we received guide confirmations for 2 trips with Jim Wilkins, a guide with virtually life-long experience on the Bighorn per his bio on the Cottonwood website. When we arrived, we were told we'd be fishing with a different guide, who turned out to be delightful and a great deal of fun, but didn't have the years of experience we were hoping for on a first experience on this storied river. Second disappointment: the restroom facilities are in desperate need of renovation. It appears that a fresh coat of paint is on the walls, but the flooring is curling, showers and shower curtains are dingy and the toilet seats are deceptive...what appears to be dirt is actually peeling of the toilet seat covering so that the wood is exposed. How can this be clean??? Third disappointment: Camp policies seem to be based on charging for everything except breathing. We unexpectedly met old friends at the camp who have been visitors for many, many years. According to them, many of their friends with pets have moved to other facilities in the area because Cottonwood now charges per day for a pet in a campsite. Also, Cottonwood doesn't give any discounts for weekly or monthly stays; not the usual practice for RV facilities. We personally experienced this "nickel and diming to death" practice; I asked to call my credit card company on an 800 number (there's no cell service) because my card had been used fraudulently and was told they charge "a flat $3.00" to make an outgoing call. Really? Fourth disappointment: maybe Cottonwood is short-staffed, but twice a day the office/fly shop/convenience store is closed because staff is doing shuttle service. Annoying if you need something. We won't be going to Cottonwood again because there are far better alternatives in the area. Sad, because Cottonwood Camp has a great history.
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Response from Amy M, Owner at Cottonwood Camp
Responded Sep 20, 2017
We are sorry to hear that Cottonwood Camp did not meet or exceed your expectations. As you will read from the many other reviews, since our ownership we have worked diligently on repairing and replacing many of the structures and accommodations at our property. While replacing the restrooms is a priority, replacing leaking roofs and a new septic system had to come first. Unfortunately Jim was not able to guide during your stay. For your second day of guiding, you requested the same guide as on day one, so we were shocked to read this too was a disappointment. By the middle of September many of our staff have returned to school which does leave us short-handed and having to close for a couple of hours mid day when most anglers are on the water fishing. While it may be "annoying" to some guests, most realize that you cannot easily find replacement staff in Fort Smith, MT. As the phone charge was a misunderstanding with our front desk staff, feel free to subtract the $3 charge for the phone when you clear the balance on your unpaid account.
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