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Just okay

Honestly, I probably will not stay on this side of the park when I return to Glacier. The campsites were very rocky and uneven. There were pads for tents but unless you have a very small tent, it's not going to fit. Add to that, the area is very exposed to winds and dramatic weather changes. The entire time we were there (early July), it never got out of the upper 40's whereas the west side of the park was in the 70's.

The bathrooms were just okay, could use an update.

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Quiet

Rough road going west from Polebridge not suitable for RvS. Much better road eastbound from Eureka side. Nice camp for a tent camp or camper. Creek close. Beautiful mountains getting there from Eureka

Perfect in every way

This is where I go to find my soul again. Large campgrounds with several loop. Camp amongst Aspen trees. Bathrooms, water, and picnic tables

One of my favorite campgrounds

Sprague Creek is one of my favorite campgrounds in the world. Small, but pretty private. Bring you canoe or kayak and launch on to Lake McDonald when the stars come out. The Milky Way is within gasp.

Nice campground

Many many bears around. Pretty water and mountain view’s. Near the restaurants and showers. Very nice.

Typical National Park Campground

A little crowded but that is expected. Clean bathrooms and plenty of tree cover. In walking distance to Apgar restaurants and stores.

Easily Accessible Camping in Glacier

Lake Mcdonald is absolutely gorgeous! Camping along its edges is something you don't want to pass up. This campsite is also super close to all amenities. From June-September this campsite will be super busy. But if you go in the offseason it is wonderful. Just come prepared for winter camping (even in May).

My husband and I often camp there in April, and we will be the only ones there. We take our snowshoes to go exploring the higher elevations.

Beautiful Location and great campsites!

This campground has 3 separate loops. The loop we stayed at did not allow generators. This was campground is walking distance to the Ranger Station, Camp Store and best of all the lake. The sites are very roomy and included fire pits and picnic tables. The rangers do patrol the campground often to ensure guests are practicing best bear safe practices. You will see and possibly encounter wildlife. This is a great campground that allows you to visit some of the“less” busy parts of the park with ease.

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Did the job

Having stayed at the West glacier KOA the night before, this was a bit of a let down. We were in a tent site. It was very unclear where we were supposed to park. There was a pool that was clean and a picnic shelter that served pancakes in the morning.

Beautiful campground

Minutes away from Glacier National Park, this camp ground has it all. From cabins to RV sites to tent camping, there is something for everyone. We stayed in a tent. The bathroom's we're not too far away. It was nice to have a restaurant on site (that doubles as a coffee bar). The play structure is great for kids. We did not use the pools, but they looked nice from a distance.

Great location and reasonably priced!

This is a well loved for family owned campground. We stayed in the tent camping area and felt like it gave great privacy vs. the typical rows of RVs. There is tons of shade in the tent camping areas were as the RVs were more in the open but have the opportunity to have gorgeous distant lake views. We would stay here again as the location is perfect for getting into the park while being family owned and responsible priced.

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Amazing location and an awesome campground.

We camped here over Labor day weekend 2019. The campground was on Blackfeet tribal land and the hosts were accommodating and friendly. We had site 15 and were surprised that we had no close neighbors and ample room for three large tents, a canopy, and our SUV. Quiet, serene, and other words come to mind. Sunsets by the fire were almost hypnotic.

Beauty, nestled against the mountains

9/13/19 West Glacier, Montana 

West Glacier KOA Resort

Most beautiful location of the KOAs I've stayed at. Nestled against the mountains and less than 3 miles to Glacier National Park. 

Lots of sites to choose from. Ours was a pull thru with nice vegetation between. Fire pit with benches and picnic table. Some sites are close together with no privacy. Some have gas grills and patio furniture. There are cabins and tent sites as well. Bathhouse was average. The cafe was open for breakfast and dinner.Ice cream shop closed for the season. Amazing pool! Nice play area, dog parks. Really nice camp store, firewood available. KOA Workshop on site. RV wash and dog grooming by appointment.

Beauty, nestled against the mountains

9/13/19 West Glacier, Montana 

West Glacier KOA Resort

Most beautiful location of the KOAs I've stayed at. Nestled against the mountains and less than 3 miles to Glacier National Park. 

Lots of sites to choose from. Ours was a pull thru with nice vegetation between. Fire pit with benches and picnic table. Some sites are close together with no privacy. Some have gas grills and patio furniture. There are cabins and tent sites as well. Bathhouse was average. The cafe was open for breakfast and dinner.Ice cream shop closed for the season. Amazing pool! Nice play area, dog parks. Really nice camp store, firewood available. KOA Workshop on site. RV wash and dog grooming by appointment.

Great location, first-come first-served

We arrived at 6:30am, which was likely unnecessary for the week after labor day, but we snagged a great spot and were grateful to have picked Avalanche. Just steps away from a pleasant walk at Trail of Cedars and a 10 minute drive to Lake McDonald, the heart of the west side. Flush toilets, dish-washing station, no showers.

Great Location, Super Clean

We stayed in a Kamping Kabin in August of 2019.  The location to Glacier Nat Park was great.  It was clean and well maintained.  They had a camp store, a restaurant and even an ice cream shop. There was a kids pool and an adult pool, and both were immaculately clean.  The Kabin had a microwave and mini fridge.  The best part about it was the live music.  We saw a "Rick Crawford" band who had an amazing fiddler.

Loved this quiet campground

I loved this campground. Great size to sites and they have dimensions on their reservation website.

They had new bear boxes for every 4 sites this year with extra around bathrooms. Make sure you keep your camp bearproof as rangers will make sure it is.

We didn’t get to have a fire until our last day there, as the stores were out of firewood and they advise you not to bring your own. Their bathrooms were minimal, and we had to go to another loop to use the women’s restroom or the showers.

We brought our puppy and couldn’t go on any trails, but still had plenty to do in the park. If you plan on hiking make sure to not bring animals, and buy bear spray before arriving at glacier. We camped here mid June when the going-to-the-sun road wasn’t open. Made for a long drive around the park to reach easy glacier. One advantage of this was that the park was not near as busy on the east side as lake McDonald when we stopped through.

If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman make sure to try your luck at St Mary Lake. I caught a 28” Lake Trout, and my fiancé caught a 35” Burbot. Both fish were caught off shore and both tasted amazing. Look for rocky shores or deep water and let that bait sink to bottom before retrieving.

Yellow was a hot color and Mepp spinners were great for us. Remember as long as you are within the park you do not need a Montana fishing license.

Good luck camping!

Ideal

Slept in our camper van here, perfect spot just off the road, really private spot, really close access to Glacier NP.

Good camp trip

We stayed for four days had a camp spot next to the boat dock and had electricity no water and we had one of the cabins slept three with a loft for more employees were very accommodating good fishing and berry picking

Great views

Great new looking camp ground. 2 pool area Adult only and family, very close to Glacier National Park, good restaurants on side, well maintained and clean shower/ restrooms. Great views, awesome landscaping which lead to a true vacation feeling

Loved this quiet campground

I loved this campground. Great size to sites and they have dimensions on their reservation website.

They had new bear boxes for every 4 sites this year with extra around bathrooms. Make sure you keep your camp bearproof as rangers will make sure it is.

We didn’t get to have a fire until our last day there, as the stores were out of firewood and they advise you not to bring your own. Their bathrooms were minimal, and we had to go to another loop to use the women’s restroom or the showers.

We brought our puppy and couldn’t go on any trails, but still had plenty to do in the park. If you plan on hiking make sure to not bring animals, and buy bear spray before arriving at glacier. We camped here mid June when the going-to-the-sun road wasn’t open. Made for a long drive around the park to reach easy glacier. One advantage of this was that the park was not near as busy on the east side as lake McDonald when we stopped through.

If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman make sure to try your luck at St Mary Lake. I caught a 28” Lake Trout, and my fiancé caught a 35” Burbot. Both fish were caught off shore and both tasted amazing. Look for rocky shores or deep water and let that bait sink to bottom before retrieving.

Yellow was a hot color and Mepp spinners were great for us. Remember as long as you are within the park you do not need a Montana fishing license.

Good luck camping!

Quiet campground with great park rangers and services.

They had new bear boxes for every 3-4 sites this year. Make sure your camp is bear proof at all times. We had great luck fishing at St Mary Lake from the shore. 28” lake trout and 35” burbot among others. 

One issue we had was finding firewood to buy. They were sold out at the local stores for 4 of 5 days we were there. Would’ve brought our own, but it is very strict to not bring outside wood in and not pick up from the ground. 

Make sure to go after June 20th or so because the going to the sun road will be open. It opened a few days after we left. Quite the drive around if you’re coming from Idaho/Washington side wanting to go to east glacier. On the other hand, because of the road being closed we didn’t have near the traffic as lake McDonald did when we were traveling through. 

We brought our dog, but because of him we couldn’t do any hiking. Still were a lot of different roadways to explore. Every corner held a new breathtaking view.

Amazing campground!

Loved this campground and yes it is busy with tourist traffic on the nearby road, they park and then take off and hike but it was manageable being inside the campground. Great access to hikes like Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier which are my favorites! Wildlife sightings almost everyday. Great amenities inside camp and showers, laundry, coffee & shopping just a quick walk over to the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The campground had some great shady spots, even some spots with the river right behind. The park rangers were very nice, there are strict rules to follow because of bears frequenting the camp but the rangers were still very pleasant to deal with. I can’t wait to visit again!

Awesomeness

Great camping spot. Easy access to many popular hiking trails, clean, and walking distance to the Swiftcurrent camp store for food and beer supplies. Lots of opportunities to view wildlife on this side of the park. Saw moose and bears within a half mile walk. A moose and calf visited the camp one evening. Sites are mostly shaded, potable water and clean bathrooms. Showers available at the Swiftcurrent lodge for about $4 for 8min shower.

Only downside if you don’t have a reserved site, need to get in line early. We got there at 4am and were not the first to get there. Reserve site if possible, otherwise plan to get there no later than 4:30am during peak season to secure a site.

Nothing beat GNP camping

Typical national park accommodations. Nice and clean sites. Close to Lake McDonald and Apgar visitor center, gift shops and cafes. Be ready to reserve your campsites 6 months in advance. Nice bike path to ride around the area.

Cool place

We have a large group of 24 in 1 group site and we had plenty of space. They charged per person which came as a great surprise. They have a pool a hot tub and a park. They have a store with ice and wood for sale. It is plenty close to the park. The bathrooms near the pool are what you would expect at a pool. There are some nice bathrooms right next to the store. These are cleaned an hour a day. The rv sites are extremely close together. The fire pits are small for the rvs but very nice for the campers. I have no complaints about the people around including employees. We did have a skunk visit us in the night. Just don’t plan on spending much time at camp instead of on the trails. Did

Great campground

Nice shaded sites (we stayed in B loop). Close bathrooms. Enjoyed the nightly ranger programs.

Nice campground

Overall nice campground and typical a national park. Our site had no shade and felt very exposed (A loop was better) but we enjoyed the proximity to the visitors center and ability to walk to the shuttle.

Location

That’s the only reason to stay here. Unkept sites , weeds knee high. Up on hill beautiful view if you get one facing that way. Very tight. 30 Amp only. Very dusty hard to sit outside. People drive to fast. Kick up dust. The KOA looks better. Very close to st Mary entrance

Beautiful Hungry Horse

Small campsites with nice wooded settling. Very reasonable access to the West gate of Glacier National Park. There is also dispersed camping in the National Forest along this same road for late comers or those who want a little more primitive and quiet experience.