Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Polebridge River Access Site

River access site located on the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River. This river access site has designated parking area, vault toilet, and a native material surface ramp.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Boat In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Pets Allowed
Toilets
Location
Polebridge River Access Site is located in Flathead National Forest in Montana
Latitude
48.7822 N
Longitude
-114.2818 W
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Directions
Approximately 35 miles north of Columbia Falls, MT on the North Fork Road (County Road #486), east to Polebridge.
1 Review of Polebridge River Access Site
First to Review
Free Dry Camping on North Fork Flathead River Outside Glacier West Gate

Five Star views with One Star overnight amenities ;) on this perfect Flathead National Forest land along the west side of the North Fork Flathead River.  There is a boat launch on the north side of the Glacier Drive bridge, as well as vault toilets.  Camping on the riverside land south of the bridge on the West side of the river is allowed.  There are some questions out there over how long and where is okay, but there were many other campers.  This was a free site we found on freecampsites.net.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/flathead/recarea/?recid=66248

The road down to the river from the paved road was rather rutted.  I would have felt comfortable in truck/high-clearance teardrop/ offroad van, but would not have attempted it in low clearance car or with a really big towed rig.  We drove our 4Runner down and over the rocky riverbed and found a sandy spot to put the tent up (good luck staking anything in the sand/rock).  Big storms rolled thru that evening, but we stayed in the tent during that so that it didn't blow away.  The toilet is QUITE far by walking distance from the shore, so weighing your choices (for the ladies) is a thing.

The most brilliant part of this site is the free cost, the gorgeous rocks along the riverbed that are the same multi-color stones seen inside Glacier National Park, and the incredible proximity to the park, which is just across the river (though the west entrance is a full 28 miles south).