Flathead National Forest, MONTANA
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Hidden just outside Whitefish MT

Great Location, they have several different camping locations to pick from. You can rent a cabin, ground tent sight or normal back in parking. Half of the camping spots are covered with pine trees. Great little place to eat (pizza) on location.

Cheap, No Frills Campground Near Glacier

Conveniently located near the south side of Glacier National park, Summit Campground is a cheap, no-frills stop-over campsite. Vault toilets on-site. Camp spots have cement pads.

Site is very close to the freeway, which makes for easy access, but not quiet. Amazing views of the mountain across the highway. Good staging spot to head into Glacier.

Pretty Campsites Next to Lake McDonald

Very pretty and popular campsite in Glacier National Park, just off the "Going-to-the-Sun" Road. It's on the shore of lake McDonald with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains.

The campground has basic tent campsites. There is also a boat load-in. Toilets and water available.

Five minutes away from historic lake McDonald lodge.While there's not an amphitheater on site, there are activities at the incredible lodge including evening ranger programs.

Beautiful and Popular Campground in the Heart of Glacier

Beautiful, classic and extremely popular campground in the heart of Glacier National Park, right off the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Beautiful picnic area on the creek. Good hikes within the camp area. Flush toilets. Water on-site.

Unbelievable scenery right outside your tent. However, because it’s first-come first-served, it’s very hard to get a spot. If you’re lucky enough to get a site, you’ll find yourself in the heart of some of the best parts of Glacier.

Super Friendly Family RV Park with Tent Options Near Glacier

Super-friendly family RV park near the western edge of Glacier National Park. When I say friendly, I mean really friendly. After spending the whole day driving on the "Going to the Sun" road through the park and not finding any spots open, we ended up at San Suz Ed (now called Moose Creek RV Park) which was also full, but they had a large empty field nearby that they allowed for overflow tent camping for $30+.

Showers, laundry, toilets all on-site. Full hookups for RVs. Tasty small cafe in main building where we had breakfast. While the sites are nothing special, the friendliness is the real charm of the place.

One of my favorite places in the world

Gunsight Lake is simply beautiful.

It's a decent trek out to the lake, beginning with a quick descent, but it mellows out in the valley as you hike back in. Hike tip: don't skip the turnoffs for the various waterfalls. They're beautiful and worth it. Also, try to go during beargrass season—you won't be disappointed.

The campground at the lake is peaceful, quiet, and wonderfully community-oriented in the cooking area. I spent an hour or so chatting with other backpackers before sitting myself down at the foot of the lake until the sun went down.

In the summer, mosquitos can be pretty heavy, so a net is needed, otherwise expect a lot of swatting and itching. Set your tent up as fast as you can to keep those suckers out.

I did see a grizzly bear on the trail to the lake, so always hike in groups and make noise!

Fantastic Basecamp for all points of Contact in GNP

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.

Great centrally located campground!

Beautiful campground and a short walk to Lake McDonald. Shuttles available at this campground. We were in loop A as close as you can get to the lake which is within walking distance. No traffic noise near our site, A55. Got there early with no RSVP and had no trouble getting into a spot. Must keep camps maintained and items put away at all times due to bear activity or you will get warned or fined. Shops and visitors center within walking distance. Had the best time with family camping, hiking and paddle boarding! No showers.

It is what you are next to that makes it great!

This is a backcountry site so reservations required. Small backcountry site that sites above the Sperry Chalet (open again in 2020) Coming from trailhead, with a 6.5 mile 3,600 elevation gain with no views, or a 15 mile hike in from the east off GTTS and over two passes. But the animals and hiking out of here are great! Comeau pass to sperry glacier, lincoln pas and Ellen Wilson lake are great hikes out fo the campground. Occasionally, stunning sunsets also from here. No fires, water is available.

Remote and quiet

Not that many people know of this campground, which can be very good if that is what you see. Off the road, 6 miles drive in on dirt road that suddenly ends. Small campground, close sites to each other and water access not as easy as other glacier sites. You look out a long flat meadow toward the triple divide area of the park and it is a 4 mile hike to the trail heads to go north, triple divide and red eagle lake or south to morning star lake and pitamahkin pass. No service close by, no motor homes either! So, for daily hiking you are an 8-mile round trip just to get to access the good stuff, flat and easy but it does add the miles each day.

Compact, nice but....

Smaller campground in Glacier, tents only as opposed to some of the others with motor home access. toilets, water and fire pits. Next to the lake with shallow water as you walk out in to the lake (SO WARMER WATER!) However, so close to going to the sun road that you can get a lot of traffic noise well in to the night and very early in the morning. A few miles drive to other services. Views are okay, after the big fires on the other side of the lake last year, things will look different for the views for the next few years.

Great basecamp

One of the larger BC campgrounds, it makes for a great basecamp for a 2-night stay before moving on. Decent views to gunsight pass, mount Jackson and the Jackson glacier. Jackson glacier is a side trail the other side of the lake, or an attempt at the 10,000 mountain. Deer can be pests here! From going to the sun, Jackson glacier overlook it is a very easy backpack to the campground with little elevation gain.


Campground was clean and well organized. Get there early for a spot!

Last Minute Stop Before Heading Into Glacier

We drove from Seattle to Glacier in one day. Last minute road trip in early August. We did no planning other than what we wanted to do in Glacier National Park.

Stopped at Kalispell for groceries and White Fish for dinner. Decided that was as far as we were going to get for the night. Made some phone calls for a tent opening and no one could accommodate us but Sundance. It's pretty packed together, bordered by a fence on the side. Tents on the outside, trailers on the inside of the U shaped loop.

The good: The folks in the office were super nice. Told up we could pick anything that was free at this point. There is power and water at the sites, some have a shelter built for hammocks or tents. The bathroom had showers and stalls like a KOA or Encore campground. It was pretty nice!

The not so awesome: Our site was down on the far end. Close by train noise every 40 minutes or so. Our site was cramped and lot very even. Our table was so warped it was unusable. The bathrooms were a bit of a trek uphill. The trash was overflowing and pretty gross, we picked some of it up.

We were only there to sleep. Got in, set up, went to sleep, packed up at 5am and headed out to Glacier. It would be a fine base for GNP activities, maybe best in a trailer were you weren't relying on provided picnic tables and could drown out the train.

Great Stay!

Really enjoyed my stay at this campground. The people that were working were super friendly and helpful. They gave me a list of great hikes in the area, and they were definitely right! The hiking was incredible. I love living in Montana and being able to hike some of the best spots ever. Flathead is also an amazing spot, so really any campground in the area is good in my opinion. This campground is known for some of the best sunsets, and that is definitely correct. I have actually stayed at this campground multiple times because the sunset is that great. There is a hike nearby that will lead you to the top of a mountain and the sunset is even better!! Flathead Lake is gorgeous and makes staying here that much more better. You are able to cool off in the lake on hot summer days. This lake is packed in the summer because of the lake and campgrounds. Definitely reserve your spot online or calling because there is no way you will be able to walk up and get a spot in the summer!! The hiking is amazing! The last time I went, the flowers were in bloom and were amazing!! See my pictures attached. That is literally all I took pictures of because they were awesome. Highly recommend this campground!! I will be coming back again and again and again!!

Favorite campground I have been to!

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.

Very comfortable.

5 mile off pavement, but close to town. On the reservoir, so good boating and swimming.

Unprecedentedly Beautiful

Not your ordinary campground. Still serene as it should be with the comfort of a bathroom loo and

Pretty but crowded

Lare campground with little privacy. Sites are close together and can be noisy at times. The views are beautiful and hiking can be done from the campground. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. Activities within the campground were nice especially if you have kids.

Mission Falls

Tribal land, permit required. Primitive road, passable but can be very muddy…

Great inexpensive find!

At $10 a night you can’t beat this. Beautiful trees & quiet spacious camp sites…fire pits, water & bathrooms avlaliable. Grizzly was roaming Around our site but we didn’t see him. Someone was leaving food out. No Verizon service but I could get a signal out front near the memorial.

For a state park fee - totally worth it!

GORGEOUS! dry camping but beautiful view! We had lake front with a picnic table by the lake. Friendly hosts & rangers. Bathrooms & water pumps available

Beautiful location with lake access, but rough road to access

Couldn't have been happier with the campground itself, but the road to get there was so rough that we were afraid we were going to pop a tire getting there, so we ended up cutting our stay short and finding a campground with easier road access. If you have a Jeep or 4WD vehicle, it would probably be a more comfortable drive.

Great, Easily Accessed Glacier Park Campground

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.

Quiet, Pristine Mountain Lake

If you're looking for a sleepy spot to relax and enjoy that isn't inundated with tourists, this is the place. This lovely lake campground has spacious sites, most are level and graveled, picnic tables, pit toilets, potable water on site, a lodge style restaurant for meals and drinks, and hiking trails right from the campground. Everything is kept neat and tidy, and the boat launch is not far from the campground. The launch is very shallow, so you're not going to get a surf boat in, or a large pontoon boat either, which is part of why this lake is still peaceful. Lots of opportunity to kayak, paddle board and swim. It's pet friendly, and campers regularly leave their water toys, kayaks, canoes, etc., on the shoreline during their stay with no fear of them being stollen. The hike to Holland Falls is suitable for beginners and children, but be aware that it's rocky when you reach the falls, and dogs and children should be supervised in that area. There are both black and grizzly bears that frequent this area daily, so be very careful with your food, and bear aware when hiking. My last stay was only 2 nights, and I ran into two bears, one that strolled right by my trailer. This is my favorite camp ground for an escape from reality!

Views to Die For!

This is a remote campground on the east side of Glacier Park. The sites are tight, and if you have a large RV, it may be tricky to get in and out. The campground usually fills by about 8:30 in the mornings, so be aware and be there early. You'll meet folks from around the country, and the hiking opportunities are some of the finest in the park. Even just strolling around the camp area and Two Med Lake, you'll be happy you came!

Pretty Area

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.

Free campground in the National Forest

Sites have a fire pit. It’s free. close to the lake. The bathroom was pretty clean. Good for being a car access spot.

Right on the river. Lot's of space.

On the SW side of the river is a great stretch of shore for tents, vans or whatever else will get past the very bumpy dirt "driveway". There's not a lot of shade, but enough to survive. It's a very scenic spot to hang out for a few days while you explore West Glacier, which is only a few miles away. I had very good reception with Cricket (AT&T). There's not a lot of privacy.

Great Location to the Park

Glacier Campground is just a few miles outside of the west entrance of Glacier National Park. The campground is clean, and the hosts are friendly. We stayed in a cabin that had one twin bunk bed and on twin over queen bunk bed. It also had a mini fridge and microwave. You need to bring your own bedding, but the cabins are new and really cute. Worked perfect for us.