The camp hosts were incredibly friendly and accommodating. One of our crew arrived a day early to scout the place and ended up asking if we could switch to another site that was on Lake MacDonald. It was fantastic! The access to the lake was 20 feet from our tent site and it was serene and private on Labor Day Weekend. It was about 10 mins form Apgar Visitor's center and easy access to the exit of the park and Going to the Sun road. We stayed for 5 nights and barely heard any other campers. The campground is HUGE and there is ample space for spreading out.
This campground is pretty rustic and definitely for the nature lover. There is no electricity or water hook up so it's important to keep that in mind. However, this is by far my favorite campground. We stayed here on our honeymoon and I would come back in a heartbeat. The lake is right across the street and within walking distance. At night the skies are so clear you can see all of the stars and everything is so quiet that you can hear wildlife. You are located next to lots of little hikes as well as the riding stables.
If you're looking for a civilized campground in Glacier Park, this is a great choice. Easy paved access, nicely treed, clean sites, excellent site management, and very close proximity to the village of West Glacier, Lake McDonald Lake, Apgar Visitor Center, Apgar Ranger Station. This is a great staging place for jumping into the park for hiking, boating, raft trips, horseback riding, etc. Excellent choice for families and groups.
The campsites here were close, but still spaced out nicely. They all offer a tent pad, fire ring, and picnic table. The bathrooms have running water and free showers, but the hot water for the showers only comes on once per day.
There are RVs allowed in this campground, there are no hook-ups and very strict time limits for running generators. There is a short trail with stair case that goes down to Lake McDonald.
There is also a trail that goes into Apgar Village were you can get ice cream, firewood, beer, back country permits, and souvenirs.
Clean, campsites wooded for some privacy, clean bathrooms.
Stayed in the C loop so showers were VERY far away - about a 15 min walk. Lots of families were staying around us but even though the campgrounds are close together it was actually pretty quiet at night. I believe this was due to the woods being on one side of us, so instead of surrounded on all 4 sides by tent sites it was just a tent site on each side, a road, and the woods. Pretty nice for a NP campground!
We reserved early and got a great site right along the lake (D-173). There was a pad in the site which technically limited us to a 10x12 tent, but the site was large enough that we could have worked out other options without breaking any rules. There was water and a plumbed restroom close to the site. Dishwater must be dumped at restroom facility (bear country rules). There were only 4 showers for the whole campground and they are located in A-loop. There is no parking at the showers and campers l must walk over. But the showers were warm and no quarters or tokens were needed. Using a trail that cuts through the amphitheater, we found it to be a short walk.
Read campsite details carefully; you should find info about tent pads or trailers sizes there. Be aware that no trailers/RVs over a certain length can pull through D-loop.
Perimeter sites are more spacious but the interior ones are a little more crowded. Also, some of the sites that look like they are more on the road than in a loop were pretty small.
There are limited groceries at Eddie’s in the village. If needed, there is WiFi by the visitor center and a shuttle that runs through the summer. I’ll try to add more detail when I am home with a real keyboard.
If you've ever been to Glacier National Park, you know it is all about the wild, raw beauty of the landscape. This is not a highly commercialized park, nor is it a huge tourist draw the way other more accessible parks are. This means you are typically camping with nature lovers in an environment that feels natural.
Fish Creek, while a BIG campground, is organized well and feels quite small. I camped in the non-Rav area where the loops are secluded with trees dividing most sites, so you will not be aware of the large number of people around you. The rangers and host are very present and patrol frequently, so noise rules are enforced. The sites sit just along Lake McDonald, and with a short hike through the woods you are standing on the banks of a beautiful glacial lake.
There are free showers here (!!!), along with flush toilets and plenty of bear lockers (I had two on my site).
The only real downside to me is that you are not allowed to gather wood AND there's no wood for sale on-site here. you'll have to drive 10 minutes to the nearest village to buy it, and those shops close by 5/6pm, so late arrivals may have a challenge.
on the sw end of Lake McDonald and somewhat away from the crowds. showers in loop A
Amazing location in the park. Lake views and access are limited even for those sites on the water. We had an incredible time and loved the location and size of the sites in Loop D.