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About Lake Alva Campground

Lake Alva Campground is situated at the north end of Lake Alva in northwestern Montana. It offers visitors a chance to camp out and enjoy activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. This site is currently open for day-use only due to ongoing vegetation management activities in the campground. Overnight camping has been suspended until further notice.


Boating and fishing are popular on 298-acre Lake Alva. Anglers cast for a variety of freshwater fish, including Kokanee salmon, suckers, whitefish, pike, trout and perch, among other species.

A boat ramp is available at the campground and while motorized boating is allowed, many non-motorized boaters find solace during early morning hours on the lake. Canoes, kayaks and row boats are available for rent. Swimming is also a popular activity.

Lake Alva is a NO-WAKE lake.


The only sites available for reservation at Lake Alva Campground are two group campsites. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The group sites can accommodate up to 25 people each. Parking space is limited. Each site is equipped with oversized tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

The campground also offers a day-use picnic area with sites that overlook the beautiful mountain lake. It offers access to a swimming beach, boat ramp, boat trailer parking, trash collection and recycling bins. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are also provided.

The area is patrolled daily by the host and local law enforcement.

Natural Features

The campground lies on the north end of Lake Alva, amid a dense forest that offers ample shade. At an elevation of approximately 4,120 feet, temperatures are relatively cool on summer days.

Plentiful wildlife viewing and birding opportunities exist in and around the campground. The lake is a loon nesting area during May and June, and the birds' mesmerizing calls can often be heard from the campground.

Nearby Attractions

Seeley Lake is about 10 miles from the campground, with boating, water skiing, canoeing, fishing and hiking. The town of Seeley Lake lies on the southeastern end of the lake.

The beautiful Mission Mountain Wilderness is about an hour away. The area is known for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Lake Alva Campground is located in Montana
47.3244 N
-113.5772 W
Get Directions
From the junction of Montana Highways 200 and 83 (locally referred to as Clearwater Junction), travel north on Highway 83 for approximately 15 miles to the town of Seeley Lake. Continue north on Highway 83 for about 11 miles. The campground entrance is located on the west side of the highway.
5 Reviews of Lake Alva Campground
Tucked amidst the pines with a secluded lake.

Good campground. Many sites with good shade. Campground gets a good breeze that cools things off. Sites are longer, but extremely narrow with cement posts which make parking a little more of a challenge but set in at good angles. Cell coverage very spotty, better by lake. Close to road, but you don't hear road noises. Entrance not marked well.

Better before the remodel

I loved this campsite, that is until the recent remodel. They were all dog friendly and now dogs must remain on a leash and the sites are on top of one another. Just other place that's lost its charm

Morrell Falls

Lake Falls & Campground!! Excellent spot for family camping and easy hike with the whole family to enjoy the outdoors!! Play in the creek and around the falls, the kids will love it. Campsites are well maintained, fire pits for making S'mores and the good stuff!! Great view of the lake & relaxing camp spots!!


Very private camping spots in wooded areas, beautiful lake, gorgeous hikes

First to Review
Quiet Views of the Stars

Lake Alva is a no motorized water vehicle lake which makes it the quietest of the large lakes in the Seeley Lake chain. The beautiful mountain views and calm waters make for a restful trip. Great swimming in the summer time out to a small island in the center with pebble shores and a bustling population of crawfish. The water is clear and can be very cold. At the shores you can see down into the bottom of the lake. It is a great place to go star gazing in a canoe or kayak. The water is very mellow, no wake waves and the small size of the lake prevents the large white caps that show up on Seeley itself. It's a great place for beginning boaters to get in some risk free paddling. The camp ground is well spaced with separation and plenty of amenities.