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Small, secluded campground

Campground is very secluded and tree covered. First come first serve. I believe there are about 12 sites. Be prepared to take a narrow dirt road off the highway to get to the campground (I had no issues with my 18 foot trailer). Had 2 bathrooms and a fresh water faucet. I went in late season (October) and was the only one there. There is a ton of nearby hiking (Mostly single track with lots of elevation gain).

Steep but rewarding!

Talk about a hike! This is a pretty steep trek, with rewarding views at the top. Be sure to read trail reports and weather reports before heading out. North Idaho weather can be pretty finicky, especially at high elevations. Make sure to be aware of wildlife as well! Scotchman's is known for mountain goat sightings, but as they become more accustomed to people they can be a little aggressive. Keep a safe distance!

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Secluded

Nice, quiet campsite. Make sure to get there early for a spot! Buck Mountain Trail #176 is a great hike or bike in the area. If you scramble to the top of the mountain, there is an incredible view of the Cabinets and the Selkirks. Watch out for grizzly and black bears in this area! The creek along the campsite is cool and clean.

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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

Nice but the road in....

The camp is small and very quiet. The road in is awful. Would be real hard on any low RV.

Superb Owners

To start off, I rarely write reviews. We were in the area in August of 2019 and we stopped here to potentially tent camp. We went inside and asked if there was anything available for the night. We wanted a quiet campground with access to the Kootenay River in which they had both. So one of the owners let us check out the sites and trail to the river. However, we wanted something right on the river and it was a little bit of a walk to gain access to it.

We went back in and said we wanted something along the river and the owner recommended a different campground further down the road. (Which ended up being a great recommendation.) She didn't have to do that. She wasn't greedy whatsoever. That's how businesses should operate. That what makes people want to come back because of little stuff like this. I even offered to buy some firewood because she recommended a different campsite and she told us to get it at the camp in which we were staying.

That's why I'm writing this review because it's hard to find good service like that anymore. Although we didn't stay here, I highly recommend this campground. Great service, very clean, and nice atmosphere.

Great location, nicely restored

Only spent 1 night here in Aug 2019, but it was amazing. The cabin itself is a nicely restored 2 story with kitchen (including gas refrigerator and range) and sleeping space for 6, with folding futon downstairs and 1 full size upstairs across from 2 singles. Nicely fenced in yard gives an extra feeling of security when you hear the bears or wolves at night. There's a nice sized fire ring and plenty of wood in the garage. There was even a bike in the garage. Although unrestored, there are 2 cabins out back, within the yard. One was the original mess hall, and the other was the bunkhouse. Behind those, there's a well made horseshoe tossing area. Gas lights provide plenty of light in the ranger station. Bring your own water and bedding. There's a well kept outhouse, just outside the gated area. Can't wait to return.

Waterfront access on very private lake!

Bad Medicine was just what the Dr ordered for us over the 4th of July! Very rural location. 30 minutes, at least, to closest store, so there weren’t many people there. Excellent for doing your own fireworks 💥 

Amenities were lacking unfortunately.

Wonderful

This once "hidden gem" campground is growing more popular because it is absolutely astounding. The Views of the Cabinet Mountains and Bull Lake are stunning and the location of the campground is perfect, IMO. The pit toilets were clean, the sites are well taken care of, and the ability for activity is great. As others have said you do have direct access to Bull Lake and the hiking is just a short drive to an Ancient Giant Cedar Grove. You are in bear and Grizzly country here though so keeping food locked up is a must. One final note, they tell you to raise your hood due to pack rats getting in your engine compartment.

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

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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.