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Great location, Inexpensive, Not very crowded

Stayed at Little Bitterroot Lake last year(Aug 2018) for 3 nights and had a great time. 

After seeing the crowds closer to Kalispell, we enjoyed the slower pace of Little Bitterroot lake. Got a great site, where the tent literally opened to a beautiful view of the lake. 

Nice clear lake for swimming or fishing for trout. All types of boating is allowed. 

We saw many eagles fishing for dinner, and even a snake swimming in the lake.

Cute RV park

Cute little RV park off the highway. Very quite with a small lake. Families can enjoy fishing, swimming, yard games, fire pit, and very dog friendly with a fenced dog park. We are tent campers and had a nice spot on lake. only a few tent sites. Super clean bathrooms with hot shower.

Most amazing view

This is an fire lookout that has been converted to accommodate renters. It has panoramic windows with breathtaking views of glacier park and flathead valley. It is well kept and clean, with propane appliances, so there is heat and a stove to cook on as well as propane lamps on the walls inside. Sunsets and sunrises are particularly amazing from this location. I highly recommend waking up before dawn to watch the sunrise over Glacier National Park. The one downside is that the road up can be kind of rough, but any vehicle with decent ground clearance should be able to make it (like a Subaru).

Perfect!

Amazing views of Bull Lake. We went in late July and there were a few sites left when we arrived. The camp volunteer is super sweet! Awesome stay.

Beautiful!

Beautiful campground right on the lake! I advise you to bring a good vehicle because North Fork rd is very unstable and conditions are not good. It’ll take you over an hour to drive 15 miles but it’s well worth it

Great week

Spent a week at the campground had a great experience. The campground was pretty quiet when we were there but I did hear it can get loud.

Great spot!

Stayed here for nine nights this spring, and had a great time. Excellent access to the river, small walking trails led to fishing areas, and we saw beavers, turkeys, and deer. Beware of ticks and mosquitos, but that's pretty common for this area of the state.

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MY FAVORITE

This is a very very difficult hike, which makes camping here even more rewarding. Plenty of wildlife. I have only been one time and not seen mountain goats. Not too many people camp up here however there are spots/ clearings where it’s obvious a camp site would be. This camping spot provides nothing but you and the outdoors. Everything you bring in you must bring out. This camping spot is in the last wooded section of the hike and leaves the last 3/4 mile of the hike ahead of you.

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.

Perfect early season spot

Came here for mother’s day camping trip. Very nice, clean and open camp ground with lake access . Instead of camping in the main campground we found a few spots ( that seemed to be part of the park) 1/4 mile south that had 4-5 spaces away from everyone else. No picnic tables but had a fire ring with grill. Only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars was because it is right off of the highway. I’m sure traffic would be annoying mid summer.

Breathtaking Getaway Campground

Be prepared to be in awe here. Very remote campground with no amenities, just park and enjoy the scenery. Close spaces in the trees, but you sit on the shores of one of the most glorious lakes in the area. This used to be a little used camp due to the long, windy, bumpy road in, but it has since gained popularity. This is not for trailers or RV's due to the road in, but tent campers and truck campers are fine. Beautiful trails right from camp. Note that dogs are not allowed on any trails in Glacier Park, whether leashed or not, and this camp ground and lake have the additional restriction that dogs can't be in the water at all, not on their own, leashed, in a canoe, etc. This was disappointing since I had my dog with me, so we cut our stay short. Still, this is a place you must visit if you're wanting to see the beauty of Glacier Park.

Mosquitos

Beautiful campground in Glacier National Park. The drive out to the campground is LONG and interesting but worth it if you are prepared for the mosquitos. We were supposed to stay 2 nights but only stayed one because of this reason. The campsites are pretty close together but really close to Kintla Lake. Nearby hiking too!

MacGregor Lake, in the Thompson Chain of Lakes

The lake, in the midst of the Thompson Chain of Lakes, is amazingly beautiful. This is a good destination for water activities and fishing. The campsites are basic and a bit rough. Located quite a bit off the beaten path, so be sure to bring groceries and supplies as it is a good trek in to Libby or Kalispell if you forget something

Gorgeous

What a beautiful place to be and to camp. Mountains surround you everywhere you look. Kalispell is such a wonderful little town that is surrounded by so much outdoor activity. This is a great place to camp because there are so many different activities you can participate in. Hiking is great here. I would suggest looking up places to hike near Kalispell and Whitefish. The lake at Whitefish is one of my favorites. People are kayaking, boating, SUP, swimming, and so much more. If you have a boat, I would recommend brining it here. We found a great picnic area with a dock and hung out here all day. The weather was perfect. Within Kalispell there are some great places to eat. There is a sandwich shop in town that is incredible. They have cinnamon rolls that are gigantic, and super yummy. They have gluten free options which I needed. Highly recommend coming here. Right across the street is a yummy ice cream shop (they have dog ice cream too for your 4 legged friend!). Great town to walk in if you aren't planning on doing any hiking.

great campground

This campground has private sites. Boat launch and water sport rentals. it is clean and well maintained. The staff is very helpful and friendly. It is located right under the train tracks so bring your earplugs.

No camping allowed in the cedars

There is no camping allowed here. You have to camp and Bad Medicine Campground which is just a few miles down the road.

Nice place

Lots of pretty spots. Closet to river. Has great swimming place and boat access. Close to highway. Can fill up fast on the weekends.

Well maintained

If you like paved and well maintained camping this is a very nice spot. Lot of camping spaces, many along the river. Nice, clean facilities. They have firewood available for you. RV and tent spots. The Yaak is a beautiful area!

A family friendly easy to access campground in the northwest corner of Mont

If you like to be close to the wilderness but want a campground in the middle of it, this ones for you. Easily accessible off Hwy 93 and right on the shores of Dickey Lake you’re sure to enjoy your stay here. If you go early in the summer, bring your rain gear and cool weather clothes. Summer always seems to come after July 4th in these parts.

Beautiful

We stayed in a yurt it was clean and dry. The camp grounds were nice maybe a bit over crowded but I guess it was that time of the year.

good, inexpensive option for last minute trip

we planned a last minute trip (2weeks in advance) to Glacier NP in mid July. These guys still had tent sites available for the four nights we wanted. it’s a bit of a trek to the NP (40 minutes) but it’s not horrible time.

our site was nice and tucked off in the trees on the edge, but near the showers. they also provide free breakfast in the morning. newish washers/dryers were great too since we were starting a two week trip.

would definitely stay again if we couldn’t get something closer to Glacier.

we didn’t use the pool or hot tub but they looked nice and clean. they have a nImber of games outside and vIdeo games If you need entertaInment. the showers were good, lots of hot water.

free and small

You can’t beat free with a picnic table, fire pit, and pit toilet! Although it is on the wrong side of the highway to be next to the water, so it’s more of a pull off on the side of the highway if the other 3 campgrounds along the way are full. only 3 sites. it’s between Yaak campground and whitetail. I believe yaak may have been free as well.

Private RV Park with a couple tent spots

Showers, laundry, WiFi, small store. River access and a swimming pond. Owners are really nice. 4 tent spots or overflow parking. Nice and long with electric and water spouts

Decent place to camp - a little off the grid

11 camp spots , pit toilets and 1 yurt. The yurt was $25/night with reservation and the tent spots where $7.

Easy accsess to the water.

There are four campground along this road. Yaak falls, red top (only 3 spots) white tail, and Pete’s creek.

Slice of heaven

If it has been or is going to rain - I would recommend 4 wheel drive. There are only two official spots - right above the lake. One pit toilet. No running water. Regardless - it was so peaceful and quiet we stayed 3 nights. 2 other lakes are the perfect short bike ride away - long lake and timber lake.

Tally Lake group camping.

Stayed at the group pavilion with family. Great set up near bathrooms, creek with bridge and trail to a small beach. Short drive and hike to some cliffs to jump off of. Short walk to public beach with rentals.

Disbursed forested sites a short walk from parking area

The campsites are on an organic herb farm. No food in the camping areas due to wildlife. Communal area for cooking, eating and campfire. Outside shower open to the Montana sky is awesome at sunset or under the stars. There is a platform that overlooks the gardens. Opportunities to participate in farming activities if desired.

Awesome Historic Cabin

This old Guard Station is in the perfect location. Easy to drive to and close to miles and miles of trails in the Kootenai National Forest. Plenty of beds for a full family - four upstairs and one downstairs. History galore in the building and surrounding areas. Some complaints of mice - but that’s to be expected from a building from 1908.

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Hornet Lookout - rustic and secluded

This retired Lookout offers views of Glacier Park, Canadian mountain ranges, and most of the Flathead National Forest - on a clear day. We spent one night in the Lookout early this summer. The hike is short but steep and very rewarding. Since it is in National Forest and not in the park, we were able to bring our dog, who had a great time chasing the two resident mule deer away from the site. There is no water available at the Lookout or by the trailhead; we filtered water from a small spring/creek that is about a half-mile from the trailhead. I’m not sure if that would be available later in the summer though.

The Lookout needs to be reserved and spots fill very quickly. The drive is fairly long but you can stop at the Polebridge bakery on the way - worth the drive in itself. Many precious guests have left small contributions to the cabin, and I would suggest doing the same to keep the tradition going. We left s’mores fixings and plenty of firewood.

Enjoy!

what a view

39 miles inside the park. A rough, but beautiful, drive in (will take near an hour and a half). No trailers or campers allowed. Frequented by bears, perfect for fishing, nestled between Kintla Lake and Kintla River. The 15 sites are first come, first serve. A quiet place to camp with a view that you will never forget. Make sure to gas up and have supplies before headed up.