CAMP WATANOPA

Plan your next group event at Camp Watanopa

Camp Watanopa, in the shadow of the Pintler Mountains on beautiful Georgetown Lake, is located between historic Philipsburg and Anaconda in Western Montana.  Georgetown Lake is known for its unlimited recreational opportunities, clean mountain air and beautiful scenery.

Generations of Camp Fire youth and adults have enjoyed this outstanding summer camp.  Now your family or group can share the experience too!

Guests are housed in Adirondack style cabins with bunk beds and facilities for up to 48 people.  There is also room for parking camping trailers and setting up tents.  The large rustic lodge has a full kitchen with dining facilities.

Each group provides its own food, bedding and personal toiletries.  Camp Watanopa provides other equipment and supplies that are essential for the convenience and comfort of your group.

A full-time caretaker is on call at all times.

Reservations

All groups must have a reservation to use Camp Watanopa.  The number of weeks and weekends available is limited and early registration is encouraged.

Contact our office for additional information and reservations.  

(406)542-2129

Rental Rates

Day Use (8am - 9pm) ...........................$700

Overnight ..................................................$900

The deposit must accompany our contract and will hold your reservation.  Full payment and rental fees are due prior to arrival.  The deposit will be refunded if there has been no damage or loss of camp property.

Camp History

Located in the shelter of the Anaconda Range, along Georgetown Lake, lies Camp Watanopa, steeped in nearly 100 years of tradition and maintained by the loyal following of its campers.

The camp, owned by Camp Fire USA, was originally called Camp L.O. Evans after the individual who donated the land. It started in the summer of 1924 and was the first nonsecular camp for girls in Montana.  For many of those young female campers it was the first experience of independence. 


In the 1950s, the name changed to Camp Tahritia, meaning "halfway between heaven and earth." Camp Fire began including boys in 1975 and, in 1992, when the camp combined with other Montana Camp Fire camps, the name changed to Watanopa, a Lakota word meaning "to embark upon new waters."

The camp has changed little beyond adding a few cabins and fixing up the camp a bit.  There is still an old elf who lives in the woods and writes letters to the campers; dinner is still served family style; kids are still required to write a letter to their parents before they can attend Monday night dinner; and dream boats are still cast onto the lake as a symbols of friendship, hope and love.

 Nowadays, you don't have to be a member of Camp Fire to attend the camp, and the camp is even rented out.  A few groups regularly use Camp Watanopa as the site for their camps. There is a fishing camp hosted by Trout Unlimited, a bereavement camp for kids called A Camp to Remember, and a French camp run by Alliance Francaise.