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Yarnell Island

Yarnell Island is located in Lake Koocanusa reservoir and is only accessible by boat. Eight camping units are available.

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Yarnell Island
Yarnell Island

Yarnell Island is located in the middle of Lake Koocanusa reservoir and is only accessible by boat. You can launch from any of the boat ramps in the area and paddle over to the island. At high water levels there are two islands, at low water levels there is just one island. Circumnavigate the islands, poking into all the nooks and crannies. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy this as a day visit or spend the night for an unforgettable experience having the island all to yourself. There are many picnic tables on top of the island.

Directions:
From Libby, cross the Kootenai River bridge on Hwy 37 and travel east towards Libby Dam. Yarnell Island is in Lake Koocanusa approximately 3 miles north of Libby Dam and is only accessible by boat. There are boat ramps on both sides of the reservoir, so you can take your pick which one you want to take off from. Boat ramps are located at many locations along the reservoir. The eight camping areas on the island are primitive sites.

Chart Key

1 - # of Overnight Campsites
2 - Site Length (RV Use) 
3 - # Pull Throughs (P)
     Tent Pads (T)
4 - Drinking Water Available
     (HP=Hand Pump)
5 - Toilet Type (Flush/Vault)
6 - Boat Ramp Access
     A - Fully Developed
     B - For Small Boats
     C - Pack Boats In
7 - Swimming Beach
      (NO lifeguard)
8 - Fishing Access
      (lake, river or stream)
9 - Disabled Facilities
10 - Campground Host Onsite
Y - Yes (facilities available)
WA - When Accessible
         (reservoir fluctuates)
Open Year-Round: 
Site is available for use, but facilities are offered during managed times only. Restrooms and water may not be available during winter months, but visitors can use facilities without fee. Roads are not plowed for winter access. 

CAMPGROUND CHART
CONTACT: Libby Ranger District, 12557 Highway 37, Libby, MT 59923, Phone: 406-293-7773
Map 
#
Site Name
Dates Open
Dates
Managed
Fees/
Other
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
30 Yarnell Island WA WA Pack In/Pack Out 8 0 V L

14-day Stay Limit on all forest campgrounds.

For further information contact:
Kootenai National Forest
506 US Highway 2 West
Libby, MT 59923
(406) 293-6211
http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/

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