Matthews Recreation Area is accessed by gravel road and features a number of picnic tables, grills and a covered dining area. The Yellowstone River can be accessed by canoe or kayak; however no improved boat launch facilities are present. Fishing, bird watching and wildlife viewing are frequent activities at this site. Overnight camping is permitted. This is a 'Pack In, Pack Out' area and all garbage must be removed. No fireworks are allowed. Be mindful of seasonal and area fire restrictions.
This is a typical Yellowstone River riparian area where cottonwood, green ash and willow tree species dominate near the riverbank, flanked by open-grassy meadows. A seasonally-running irrigation return canal loops through the area.
Facilities: restrooms, picnic tables, fire pits, standing grills, covered picnic area, interpretive kiosk, handicap accessible fishing platform and cement walking path. No dumpsters - all garbage must be removed. Please call the local BLM Office for current recreation site conditions and restrictions.
Matthews Recreation Area is located about nine miles northeast of Miles City on the south side of the Yellowstone River on Valley Drive East.1