I love Bowman Lake. I've camped here more than anywhere else in Glacier. I've seen bears, the northern lights, and done many wonderful hikes in the area.
The best thing about the campground, though? It's near my favorite place in the US—Polebridge. Seriously, if you go to Glacier but don't make the trek up to Polebridge, you'll never understand what you're missing!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Large campground, close to services and inside park. Much exposed to the wind, which can be brutal. Little scenery. Fire pits, water access and toilets. A couple miles to all services, quick access to going to the sun road. Not a favorite of mine but when you need to get a spot to camp, this beats not having one.
The premier campsite in GNP! Not because the campground is great but because many glacier area is the premier park of the park and this campground has you in walking distance of everything. Lots of spots, many can be reserved through the parks service, some are first come and that has become a contact sport!! You now have to get in line prior to 6 am in order to get one of the spots that will vacate later…….that day. Fire pits, water and flush toilet in campground. Store, pay for showers and restaurant very close by. Stunning views and trails very close and wildlife abounds including moose (fishercap lake) and Griz. Look at the hills sides every evening but always have bearspray all the time on any trail.
The advantages here are many! Just off going to the sun road, but generally quiet. Fire pits, trees and nature around, yet very close by is a store, pay showers and a restaurant. Or just tent and do your own thing at your site. If you are a photographer, this is the place for easy access to wild goose overlook sunrise photography as less than a mile away. Also, very easy access to St. Mary 6 miles and then many glacier and other 18 miles (which is nearly impossible to get a camping spot at)
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.
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.
We took a last minute trip to Glacier in early August. Stayed in Columbia Falls the night before we arrived, hoping to make it to the campground to snag a last minute sight. Arrived at Many Glacier about 8am. Confused about the reservation vs first come first served process. Apparently you must be waiting for a campsite at 5am to be part of the first come first served lotto. We found a spot that we thought was open, as there was nothing posted on the sight number. Unloaded and got set up just to have the ranger come around and tell us we had to leave. They happened to have a last minute cancellation in the reserved area and allowed up to drag our tent over there. She saved our whole trip!
Many Glacier is a great location. Bathrooms are clean and bright, water, bear lockers, and trash are easy to locate. We hiked,rode the boats, chatted with some great neighbors, and heard many tales of bears in the campground. We'll be back, with a bit more planning next time.
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!!
We stayed here while on a hiking trip to Glacier National Park. We stayed in one of the small cabins, but they had RV and tent sites as well. They had a small shop with snacks/food, and souvenirs. We didn't use the pool but it looked nice. The cabin had a nice porch with swings. While small on the inside, it had everything we needed. It was good proximity to hiking within the park.
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 coming to Glacier, make sure to camp here at least one night. It's very popular so make sure to plan ahead; we camped here in late September and every spot filled up. In the off-season, or at least when we were there, the water was turned off and only the vault toilets were available. If you're camping in that time of year, make sure to bring in your own water and firewood! Everything kind of shuts down by then. In the summer there are flush toilets and water spigots. The campground is perfectly situated for accessing some of the greatest hikes in the park. We crossed over Swiftcurrent Creek at the back of the site to begin the hike to Grinnell Glacier, one of the most scenic and stunning hikes I've ever been lucky enough to do.
The staff are friendly. The pizza is delicious. The cabins are clean. The pool is fun and the hottub is unique. The view from the campground is amazing. It's so close to the national park.
The bathrooms were cleaned frequently, but they still had a weird smell. The bathroom at the pool had a strong poo smell all the time. It was so windy that having a fire was challenging. Some of the sites don't offer much privacy, but it's a KOA so that's expected.
It set a new standard for my KOA expectations.
KOAs can be counted on for having many sites available at about the highest cost ever. East Glacier/ st Mary’s is no exception.
But, you can make a reservation and be assured of having a site in this remote area of Montana.
The campground has a pool and a puzza parlor that delivers and a store and laundry,and lots of noise due to the hundreds of sites.
Absolutely loved staying at this campground! Visited in first week of June 2018 and had the very best experience! The campground was busy at this time but we were able to get a campsite without much difficulty. Parts of the campground weren’t even open yet for the year but that was no issue. We camped near the back of the campground close to the creek. We were able to experience a moose and her calf crossing through the campground to the creek just behind our campsite. Moose definitely hang out in the area and you are most likely to see them in the morning & evening. The hike to Grinnell Glacier was my favorite part of our entire trip . It was magical with lots of trails to explore in the area. We weren’t able to go all of the way to the glacier due to snow still on the trail but it was still so great.
This campground is secluded and beautiful. The campground itself was very well maintained. At the time that we went (late May/ early June 2018) there were only a handful of other people there so it was very quiet which was awesome. I thought being from Arkansas we could handle some mosquitos but oh no the mosquitos are on a whole other level here. No amount of Off Deep Woods could save us. Definitely wish we had brought a thermacell or something like that which would probably make it a lot better. We didn’t hike in this area because of the mosquitos but there are several trails. We kayaked on the lake and it was amazing! Don’t be like us though and think you can kayak the entire thing and back unless you start EARLY when the water is smooth because otherwise you are going to struggle.. for 5 hrs🤪
Great campground. Sites vary in size and have enough growth to give some privacy. Some sites run along a small creek. We were able to watch moose feeding from our site. Grounds were clean and well maintained. There is a store and restaurant close by in walking distance along with showers and laundry(you have to pay). Multille hiking trails, fishing and an abundance of wildlife. Make reservations or get there by 7am to line up, it's a popular place but well worth it. We will definate go back!
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.
The most prestige area imaginal on the east side of Glacier National park. Wildlife galore from Grizzly bears to mountain goats and moose. Brenner trail head nearby. There is a beautiful lodge which offers boat trips on the lake for $20. Nice camp store and breakfast is available in the connecting restaurant. This a must see area. Stay a few days. Lots of campers bring high power binoculars to watch tge Grizzly bears in the mountains.