The best camping near Flathead Lake

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Wildhorse Island Overlook

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Dayton, MT
Private camping pad on 5 acres right off Highway 93 on Flathead Lake. One of the best views on the entire lake. Overlooks Wildhorse Island and the Mission/Swan Mountain range. 3 minutes from gas/convenience store and 15 minutes from groceries/amenities in the town of Lakeside. Lake access is just short walk away and plenty of State Parks/recreation areas nearby. The pad has a fire pit with a picnic table and a 20'x20' shed where you can store items and escape the rain. Will accommodate a RV up to 35ft. No RV Hook Ups.
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Camp Lakeside

2 sites · RVs3 acres · Lakeside, MT
Located 2 miles from the public beach at Flathead lake, this beautiful and shaded campsite is the perfect place to soak up the peace and quiet of country living while enjoying the views of the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. This is the ultimate base camp for adventures in Lakeside, Montana. Our Humble 2.5 Acre property has two campsites. Our sites are private and close to public lake access, Fishing, trailheads, Legacy Bike Park, Blacktail Ski Mountain, Wild Bill OHV trail system, Alpine Coaster, Far West Boast Tours, Huckleberry and Cherry picking, local restaurants and a grocery store. We are located only 45 minutes from Glacier National Park so you will find plenty of activities to do outside of our charming community. Each site was designed with privacy and a special experience in mind.
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River Ranch - Private beach

5 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Kalispell, MT
Beautiful 5 acres wrapped by the Stillwater River. Great fishing with a private beach. The land is surrounded by large cottonwood and willow trees. The ground has large areas of leveled wood chips that make it easy for setting up camp. There is a restroom with a bath/shower available. Located just minutes from downtown Kalispell, 15 minutes from whitefish and 30 minutes from Glacier National Park.
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Bucketlist #1

2 sites · RVs34 acres · Big Arm, MT
Drive-in, park, and begin enjoying all the crazy, fun, or just relaxing things you want out of your private lakefront property. You're on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake, this side of the Mississippi, and home of Wildhorse Island, where the Boone and Crocket world record Bighorn Sheep was discovered, killed by winter weather. This 2160 acre island is also the home of deer, mountain lions, bears, several species of eagles, and wild horses. Day hiking is allowed and is a 5-minute boat ride from your beach spot. Just slightly over an hour to Glacier National Park and access to all the mountain lakes, rivers and streams to explore, you won't be bored. Right around the corner, you have access to a boat ramp at one of the state-owned Parks with public showers, if the lake water is too cold. If you want to make her an honest women, while you're here, you're staying on our wedding and event venue (www.flatheadlakeforevers) and we will help make that happen too. Tell us what you want and we'll help you make it happen. Pictures posted on this site are all from this 34 acre, 900 ft. of lake frontage venue. Don't miss this one. Sorry no more instant booking, we don't ever want another Tod on our property.
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❤️ Glacier Park HipCamp 🏕️

22 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents37 acres · Coram, MT
Come enjoy peace and quiet in the beautiful meadows near our home. We are located on 37 acres that include forested trails, a large pond, two small ponds, a creek, and frequent wildlife as well as spectacular stargazing at night. All sites have a campfire ring and picnic table. We provide a unique eco-camping experience in contrast to the crowded campground/RV park, and we are only 6 miles away from the entrance to Glacier National Park! Please let us know if you have multiple tents or vehicles as some sites may be a better choice for you than others. No hookups are provided – dry camping only. Parking for larger vehicles/trailers is available at sites 1-6 - an open, flat meadow with the pond on the other side of the road. Tents are welcome in all sites; although, we recommend the back meadow sites (7 and up) for more secluded tent campers (especially in July) as it has less traffic and more privacy. Sites 7-20 (the back meadow sites) have parking for vehicles 26' or less in total length. All sites have access to vault toilets, and all sites are back-in sites with partial shade. **Be sure to visit recreation.gov to purchase the $2 entry reservation to Glacier Park...if you can't get one try again at 8am the day before or you can enter the park after 4pm without a ticket. Contact us if you need alternative ideas to get into the park. Because of the proximity to Glacier National Park and the main HWY, traffic noise and train noise can be heard at the campsites. Visitors are ask to keep their speed to a minimum to reduce dust on the dirt on Greens Road. We are just a short bike ride away (two minutes by car) from attractions such as the Whiskey Barn, Josephine’s Speak Easy, Glacier Hi-Line Ropes Course, Glacier Grill Restaurant and the Amazing Fun Center, maze, and mini golf. It is also easy access to the Gateway to Glacier Bike path. E-bike rentals are across the street from us. Closest Gas station is the Cenex in Coram (1.5 mi away). Closest public (free) landfill dump is 2.2 miles toward Columbia Falls at 9626 Us HWY 2 E. Near Paul Bunyan Bar and Grill (which is also a good restaurant near us). Look for the gated entry and small sign marking Flathead Landfill. Closest grocery is in Hungry Horse at Canyon Foods Grocery (3.5 miles away). There is a laundromat next to this grocery store. Closest dump and water fill up for a vehicle with a holding tank is Mikes Conoco at 1645 9th st W in Columbia Falls (8.9 mi away). Closest town with wifi, cafes, restaurants, urgent care and larger grocery stores is Columbia Falls (9 miles away). There is a freshwater spring where you can fill up containers of water in Bad Rock Canyon (between Columbia Falls and Hungry Horse on the way here... 10 min away from us). Look for the large pull off areas between the river and the rock canyon walls and a white pipe coming out of the rock. We've personally filled up at this spring for years! Showers are available at Pinewood Park Outdoor Pool in Columbia Falls (next to Cedar Creek Lodge) - It is $2 per person to enter the pool during Public Swim (Mon-Sun 1:30-4:15pm and Mon-Fri 6:30 pm- 8:15pm) or during Lap Swim (Mon-Fri 12-1pm and 5-6pm). They have a private bathroom with a shower and also open showers in the changing rooms. The pool opens the second week of June and closes the first or second week of August. To watch a video tour of the campground: https://youtu.be/EYYuGGWRtag
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Flathead Lake Cherry Farm Camping

7 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Polson, MT
Learn more about this land: Enjoy lake view camping on an all Organic Cherry Farm. This 20-acre farm is nestled in the forest on Finley Point on Flathead Lake. It gives you a wide-open and cradled feeling at the same time. There is a view of the lake and mountains from almost all the camp spots. There are deer and turkeys that continuously roam the orchard. Enjoy the Big Montana Sky at night with an amazing view of the stars. You can pick your own fresh organic cherries for only $2 a pound. You can also just snack on some from your campsite. Cherry season this year will be from July 18th to Aug 5th. Nearby attractions include: Access to Flathead Lake is less than a 1/2 mile down the driveway. Flathead Lake (Finley Point) State Park is only 2 miles away. At the entrance to Finley Point, we have two great Restaurants, Finley Point Grill and the Smokehouse (Highly Recommended!). The town of Polson is 20 minutes away. You can find everything you need from supplies, to bars, restaurants, boat rentals, public parks, and even a casino. The town of Big Fork is only 45 minutes away and is a must-see. This town has an old-west feel with great shops, restaurants, a live theater, and an old iron bridge over the river. Glacier National Park is an hour and twenty minutes away. The driveway up to the orchard is made of gravel and is a bit steep at the beginning, At times there can be a few ruts so be cautious. Most standard passenger cars can make it up the driveway with no problem. Due to campers having trouble navigating the driveway with trailers we no longer allow trailers or RV's over 22 feet. Lowered vehicles are not recommended.
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Mossy Mountain Lodge Cabin

3 sites · Lodging8 acres · Bigfork, MT
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MeadowSweet Farm

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · Bigfork, MT
Historic farm acreage featuring rolling hills and a stunning view of the Swan Mountains. Centrally located to enjoy Flathead Valley - 10 minutes to Flathead Lake, 45 minutes to Glacier National Park, 15 minutes to Jewel Basin trailhead, 10 minutes to Historic downtown Bigfork and so much more. We light the community fire pit most evenings and children can enjoy a large swing set in the field. You'll find your hosts working on several projects as we're continuing to restore this 100 year old property. We enjoy sharing all the work we've done to turn the land and outbuildings into a great place to visit!
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Flathead Lake Hillside Escape

1 site · RV6 acres · Polson, MT
We have 5.5 acres of Parradise overlooking Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains which is part of the Rocky Mountain Range. Our driveway is a little steep so we recommend putting your vehicle in 4 WD low. Also out of respect for our neighbors we would appreciate not driving over 15 mph once the road turns to gravel. You will wake up to amazing sunsets and watch the deer, eagles, hawks and our local fox sometimes hunting for food. The National Bison Range is about 40 minutes south of us. Glacier National Park is about 90 miles away. Boating and white water rafting is in town as is renting a boat or kayaking or swimming. There is also a great brewery in town called Glacier Brewing among bars and restaurants.
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⭐️Glacier RV Oasis/Mountain Views

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Columbia Falls, MT
Ask me about our discounts for stays 7 nights or longer! These perfect RV sites are equipped with everything you will need during your stay. * Free Full size washer and dryer and .5 bathroom supplied with toilet paper and paper towels * Easily back in on a level packed gravel drive that can accommodate any size RV, camper trailer, or camper van * Electrical hookup-Site 1# 50 amp &Site #2 30 amp * Potable water * Septic hookup * Free WIFI * Private fire ring ( firewood not supplied, but available at Super 1 or Smith’s) * Shared BBQ grill, picnic table, and horseshoe pit * Parking for two vehicles This property is perfect for a family reunion or a retreat! We also have a 2 bed 2 bath home (sleeps 10), a 2 bed 1 bath home( sleeps 6) that may be available during your stay. This property is located: 4.4 miles from Columbia Falls. Columbia Falls has everything you will need with two major grocery stores and some great restaurants. 13.1 miles from Whitefish. Whitefish has unique shopping and amazing dining options. 16.2 miles from Kalispell. Kalispell is the heart of the Flathead Valley and has multiple shopping options, restaurants, and anything else you may need! FAMILY FUN: Glacier National Park- 17 miles Big Sky Waterpark -2.2 miles Montana Vortex and House of Mystery -3.9 miles Whitefish Mt. Resort -skiing, hiking, biking, zip line, aerial adventure- 20 miles Teakettle River Access -3.1 miles West Glacier Rafting Companies-15 miles Columbia Mountain Trailhead-4.5 miles Meadow Lake Golf Course- 6.3 miles Flathead Lake - 23 miles Glacier View Golf Course -18 miles Blacktail Mountain Ski Area-43 miles Don't Miss the Columbia Falls Farmers' Market every Thursday night May 19 - September 29 @ 5PM
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Cabins on Montana's Ocean

2 sites · Lodging1 acre · Woods Bay, MT
These are great sleeping cabins nestled in the trees, with easy access. They are just steps away from a large pebble beach on beautiful Flathead Lake. Flathead Lake is surrounded by Swan Range in the north, the Salish Mountains in the west and the Mission Mountains in the eastRelax on the beach chairs or bring your kayak and enjoy a great day on the Lake. Sit around the camp fire in the evening, and watch the sunset. The Lake delivers firewood daily. There are numerous other adventures waiting for you in the area. Drinking water is available, barbecue & grill on the beach, with power in the cabins, port-a-potty . Fun restaurants, bars & music are within walking distance.Flathead National Forest is just east of us. Enjoy hiking and amazing site seeing. For mountain biking you have Jewel Basin Road, Intermediate, 16.0 ; Legacy Bike Park, 5 ; Old Bigfork Canyon Road, Easiest, 4.0 ; Peters Ridge Trail #37. Bring your kayak, canoe, & paddle boat, or rent one near by. Glacier Park West entrance is only 48 miles away, where you can find climbing and hiking as well. We also have snow sports cover with Ski area Big Mtn &Whitefish Mtn 45miles, Nordic trails Junction Foothills and, Jewel Basin Rd, Bigfork, MT 59911.No pets allowed. 
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Glacier Park Camping

6 sites · RVs, Tents14 acres · Coram, MT
Welcome to my property, just a stones throw from Glacier National Park! I have some beautiful wooded tent sites with drinking water accessible at brown shed upon entry of driveway at brown shed. Parking and campsites are designated by signage. Five minutes from Glacier National Park. Five minutes to grocery store. Property used to be the old Grizzly bear park that you could drive through to see the bears. Driveway is directly across from North American RV Park. Driveway is marked Hipcamp. Pets are allowed. Need to be leashed Please make sure you pick up after them.
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The best camping near Flathead Lake guide

Overview

About

Known to be one of the cleanest natural lakes in the populated world for its size, Flathead Lake rests between the Mission and Salish Mountains in northwestern Montana. A surprisingly moderate micro climate makes the surrounding hills perfect for vineyards and orchards alike. Plenty of activities on and off the water make Flathead Lake a popular yet remote location for travellers. Explore this unique corner of Montana and be amazed by the scenic backdrop of our beautiful National Forests and towering mountain ranges.

Notable campgrounds

  • Big Arm: A picturesque lakeside retreat with opportunities for camping, hiking, and boating against the backdrop of the Swan and Mission mountain ranges.
  • Finley Point: Nestled in a ponderosa pine forest, this campground offers electric RV sites and boat slips, ideal for a serene lakeside escape.
  • Wayfarers: Boasts a rocky shoreline and cliffs, perfect for campers and photographers seeking the park's natural charm and wildflowers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, as campsites at Flathead Lake are in high demand, especially during peak summer months.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations to snag a last-minute reservation at this popular destination.
  • Explore nearby camping options to ensure you have a backup plan in case your preferred site is booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Flathead Lake is during the warm summer months from June to September when the park is fully accessible and activities are in full swing. Winter can be harsh, with some facilities closed and fewer recreational options available.

Know before you go

  • Check for any restrictions or closures before your visit to ensure a smooth experience.
  • Remember that all recreation on tribal land outside of the park requires a tribal recreation permit.
  • Accessibility varies by campground, so review facilities ahead of time if you have specific needs.
  • Be prepared for wildlife encounters by storing food in bear-resistant lockers where available.
  • For fishing enthusiasts, a tribal fishing license is required for certain areas of the lake.

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