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Swinging Bridge Fishing Access Site (Columbus, MT) – Campsite Review

Photo: Swinging Bridge Fishing Access Site Sign

Swinging Bridge Fishing Access Site

Location: Columbus, Montana
Type: Montana Fishing Access Site
Access: Highway 78 and Swinging Bridge Road
Coordinates: 45.583656, -109.331908
Elevation: 3,746 feet
Road Conditions: Gravel Road
Phone Coverage: Verizon 1-2/5; AT&T not tested
Fee: Free
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Amenities: Picnic tables, river access, fire pits, vault toilets


Swinging Bridge Fishing Access Site is a primitive camping and fishing access area on the Stillwater River between Columbus and Absarokee, Montana. There are approximately a half-dozen designated campsites at this area, but some may be closed or unusable during wet conditions.

Swinging Bridge FAS offers picnic tables and fire rings at each campsite, as well as vault toilets. The site is located on the east bank of the Stillwater River and is popular with anglers.

This site has heavy tree cover so it may be difficult to position for enough sunlight on solar panels. There is a usable, but slow, Verizon signal at this site. We did not have an AT&T device with us for testing.

There are several fishing access sites along Highway 78 between Columbus and Absarokee and two allow overnight camping.


Take Highway 78 south from Columbus, Montana. Turn right on Swinging Bridge Road. There is a sign for Swinging Bridge Fishing Access Site on Highway 78.

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