Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
No Fires
No Pets
Drinking Water
About Big Creek Campground

Big Creek Campground lies in the expansive Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. Visitors can enjoy access to the Flathead River as well as the countless other recreational opportunities provided by the surrounding forests.

Recreation

Visitors enjoy the ample fishing and floating opportunities provided by the river. Trout are a popular catch amid the calm flow of the water. Boating is also an excellent pastime, as the river is perfect for floating, rafting and canoeing.

Across from the campground is the Glacier Institute's Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, which provides learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Programs offered include seminars and guided hikes, which point out the diverse natural and cultural resources of the Glacier National Park and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

Facilities

The campground offers several accessible individual campsites for tent and RV camping. Each has convenient access to the river and is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills.

A group camping area is nestled in the middle of the campground and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Campfire circles and group picnic areas are also available.

Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The water is in 2 locations and are hand pumps. They are not for filling your RV so please come with your water full.

Natural Features

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border, lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest.

Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout and with numerous lakes, streams, and rivers to enjoy, the forest is a premiere destination for visitors.

The campground sits along the North Fork of the Flathead River, which begins in Canada and joins a couple other forks before depositing into Flathead Lake. It is a forested area of mature pine and fir trees that provide a sparse understory at an elevation of 3,300 feet.

Nearby Attractions

Big Creek Campground is just a few miles from the Camas Creek entrance to the Glacier National Park. Columbia Falls, along the North Fork of the Flathead River, is located 19 miles south of the campground.

Charges & Cancellations

Cancellations made within 14 days of arrival will be considered for a refund of Camping fees only and will automatically forfeit the first nights fee. Day of Arrival refund requests must be turned in by calling 1-877-444-6777, then followed up with a call to Susan at 406-309-2018 or Cheryl at 406-404-4164 to get the information to the campground.

ADA Access: N

Sites
23
Fee Info
The rate for group site 001: 1-30 people - $100/night 31-60 people - $150/night 61-100 people - $200/night 101-150 people - $250/night 151-200 people $300/night Although you are allowed 2 motorized vehicles per site, the first vehicle is included in the site fee, the second vehicle is charged $5.00 upon arrival at the campground.
Price
$16.00 - $100.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
No Fires
No Pets
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
No Water Hookups
Location
Big Creek Campground is located in Montana
Latitude
48.599 N
Longitude
-114.1637 W
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Directions
From Columbia Falls, Montana, follow State Route 486 north for approximately 20 miles to the campground entrance on the right. The road is pavement for 10 miles and gravel for approximately 9 miles. An alternate route through Glacier National Park would be to enter the park through West Glacier. Take Glacier Route1 Rd/Going to the Sun Rd for 2 miles. Turn left onto Camas Rd for 11 miles. Turn left onto North Fork Rd for 2.7 miles of gravel. Campground will be on your left.
4 Reviews of Big Creek Campground
Bring Bugspray!

Big Creek Campground and surrounding area is so peaceful! Floating the river was really fun (but cold!). I would recommend bug spray to anyone who is prone to mosquito bites. Especially when it's dusk and you are by the river! Overall an excellent campground and they do provide drinking water!

Outside Glacier NP and Less Crowded

This nice clean campground is located outside the west side of Glacier NP. It took us 10 minutes to get there from Camas Road. It's a great spot somewhat secluded and quiet in amongst the hills. It's woodsy and pretty private you can't hear your neighbor.

Everything around there is around $20/night I think this was $15. Pit toilets and pump your own water.

They have quite a few spaces on 3 loops and have group spots too.

We will be back!

Secluded campground outside Glacier NP

The national park campgrounds fill fast and are crowded and noisy, but this gem is positioned just outside of the quietest park entrance and feels way out there. This isn't a big campground but all the sites are great! The water access is great for boaters, pit toilets only and tasty mountain drinking water is available. A two mile gravel road trip in is the reason why this campground is lesser known and often empty. Just take it slow and enjoy the drive. We stayed two nights and drove into Glacier NP twice easily to hike and dine at the lodge. The views are great and the serenity priceless!

Be prepared for da bears

Right next to the Flathead River and has a boat launch. Great kayaking, birdwatching and general wildlife watching. Didn’t run into any bears myself, but a friend walked right up to one in the underbrush, thinking it was a moose and wanting to take a photo! Luckily the bear was just as startled as my friend and ran away. Friend later ended up getting a moose photo that he generously shared with me.

Remember to keep your food in bear containers.

Visitors center nearby had some wonderful guided hikes, including a bird-watching one that I went on. Lots of trails nearby that were heavily trafficked in the summer when we were there.

No flush toilets but they did have potable water available to drink. Everything was well maintained and the camp host was very friendly and helpful with kayak tips.