Big Sky Camp Paw

June 23-25, 2017



An Unforgettable, Unspoiled, Montana Furry Experience

We are returning for a second year to the Aspen Grove Group Campsite, outside of Lincoln, Montana, for another weekend of fun and camping with all of our fuzzy friends from around the state! This campsite has picnic tables, vault toilets, and even running water! The date has been bumped a little later to avoid being too close to BLFC and for hopefully higher temperatures.

So come howl with the wolves at night, watch for elk, moose, coyotes, and grizzlies, swim, hike, fly fish, and frolic with furries in The Last Best Place.

When and Where

Aspen Grove Group Campground  is located outside of Lincoln, MT, on the banks of the Blackfoot River. The check-in time for the campground is 2 PM on Friday, June 23, and check-out time is 1 PM on Sunday, June 25. 

Lat/long is 46.97861, -112.53139.

From Lincoln, Montana, take State Route 200 east for 6.5 miles to the campground sign. Turn right at the sign, onto a gravel road, and go .5 miles to campground. After entering the campground facility, follow the signs to the Picnic Area at the far east end of the campground, which also serves as the Group Use Area. There will be signs this year.

Aspen Grove Campground is

  • One hour from Helena
  • One and a half hours from Missoula
  • Two and a half hours from Bozeman
  • Three hours from Glacier National Park
  • Four hours from Yellowstone National Park
  • Four and a half hours from Billings (sorry Billings)

What to Bring and Rules

Any supplies you would need for normal camping, that is tent, food, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. In June the average low is 40 and the average high is 72 (°F). Saturday night dinner is provided this year as part of your registration, please notify one of the staff if you have any dietary restrictions. You must pre-register on or before Wednesday, June 21 if you want dinner! Other important items of note:

  1. Four-legged furry friends are welcome!
  2. Firearms are ok. If you choose to bring a firearm carefully read the Code of Conduct, these rules are strictly enforced.
  3. Bring bear spray if you have it, this is prime grizzly bear country.
  4. Food storage is required, all attractants must be in a vehicle or bear storage box before you go to bed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  5. Chairs, not having a chair to sit in sucks. :P
  6. Don't transport firewood, this is bad juju.
  7. This is an 18+ event, 21 to drink.

Anyone who breaks one of these rules will be dragged into the wilderness and fed to the bears.

What to Do

Montana contains some of the most remote and rugged country in the United States. Aspen Grove Campground borders the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, which totals 1.5 million acres and has the highest density of grizzly bears in the lower 48, in addition to populations of wolves and nearly every species of wild mammal indigenous to the Northern Rocky Mountains.

  • Hiking the adjacent Scapegoat Wilderness has over 150 miles of hiking trails. The Lincoln Ranger District produces a PDF of day hikes in the area.
  • Fly Fishing Montana has world-class trout fishing and the Blackfoot River runs right next to camp. Fishing requires a license from the Montana FWP.
  • Mountain Biking and Four Wheeling numerous trails abound in the area, contact the Lincoln Ranger District for more information and current regulations.
  • Simply Hanging Out sit back, relax, and unwind while enjoying the beautiful open country surrounding you.

Registration and Staff

There is a required registration this year, the fee is $10.

Pre-registration is closed. Registration is available at the event but you will not receive dinner Saturday. By registering you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct listed below.

Tundra, Endless, Marshall, Koyuk, and Bluescales are helping staff the trip this year. Tundra is responsible for the website and registration, Marshall is chef de cuisine Saturday night, Koyuk is assisting Marshall, and Bluescales and Endless are helping with setup and tear-down. If you have any questions join the Telegram chat at http://telegram.me/bigskycampcon and ask for any of the staff members above. We're looking forward to another great year!

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is intended to ensure a fun and enjoyable time for everyone who comes to Big Sky Camp Paw. By registering for and attending the event you agree to abide by these rules. Violations are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and the staff reserves the right to remove anyone from Camp Paw for any reason without refund.

Camp Rules

  • Food storage is required. That means all food must be in your vehicle at night before you go to bed. This is a Forest Service regulation and they take it seriously, don't leave your food out.
  • Fires are only permitted in established fire rings.
  • Fireworks are prohibited by the Forest Service.
  • No music after 10 PM.
  • Camp Paw is a private event and not open to the public. All attendees must be registered.
  • Keep public conduct to a PG-13 rating.
  • Follow all Forest Service, national, state, and local regulations.

Discrimination

It is the intent of the staff to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees. Discrimination of any form on the basis of gender, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual interests, or disability will not be tolerated.

Firearms

Camp Paw is the only furry camping con to allow firearms. If you choose to bring a firearm you must abide by these rules without exception. Violations may result in your immediate expulsion from the event.

  • The discharge of firearms in camp is prohibited. Forest Service regulations require shooting to take place 150 yards from a campground or other developed area. You will have to drive to a safe place to shoot. Any discharge of a firearm in camp, whether accidental or not, will result in a permanent ban from Camp Paw.
  • NO FIREARM IN CAMP WILL HAVE A ROUND CHAMBERED AT ANY TIME (condition 3). DA/SA pistols will have the hammer forward at all times. The ONLY exception to this rule is for personal carry weapons which are to remain holstered. If they are unholstered any chambered round must be immediately cleared.
  • Firearms must always be pointed in a safe direction.
  • Fingers are to remain off of triggers. Dry firing in camp is prohibited.

Careless handling of weapons in camp will result in your immediate removal from Camp Paw. Staff may demand at any time that you demonstrate that a weapon is clear to ensure compliance with these rules. Be safe so we can keep this privilege.

Pets

Pets are welcome. You must be in control of your pet at all times. If your pet is being a nuisance or disturbing other campers the staff may ask you to leash it and/or remove it from the event. Clean up after your pets.

Cleanup

All attendees are responsible for policing their campsite for trash at the end of the event. If you fail to clean up after yourself, you may be barred from future events.