The best camping near Salmon Lake State Park

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Primrose Meadows

13 sites · Lodging, Tents28 acres · Missoula, MT
We can’t wait to share our land with you! Get away from it all and get under the Big Sky. Close to the freeway for easy access but adjacent to over 200 acres of beautiful farmland, you’ll experience Montana’s wildlife and have beautiful Mountain views when you stay at Primrose Meadows. There are few trees in the property, it’s mostly rolling hills with some trails to walk and plenty of space between sites! This property has a railroad track that runs next to the property that sometimes toots it’s horn, if you’re a light sleeper this is something you should consider!We are close to Council Grove and Frenchtown Pond which are both great swimming holes! You can also coordinate with us for cross-country skiing or head to Snowbowl for local downhill skiing! We are close to Missoula should you need any services in town.
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Geary Brothers Ranch

153 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Ovando, MT
Located in the Blackfoot Valley you will enjoy the endless views and access to some of the best public hunting and fishing the state has to offer. Plenty of room for the kids and dogs to play. You will stay at the historic Helmville Rodeo Grounds and enjoy the privacy and endless views. Can't wait!
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Last Best Place

3 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Greenough, MT
Learn more about this land:  Safely leave your camp in the shade, under tall pine trees.  Enjoy horses grazing nearby and explore Greenough, the last best place.  The best swimming hole on the Clearwater River is located less than a mile away.  World class fishing and floating on multiple rivers including the Big Blackfoot are nearby.  Salmon Lake and Seeley Lake have limited campsites but are located just 10 to 20 miles away from this spot for fabulous fishing and boating adventures. The Clearwater Game Range is 2 miles away for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing.  I almost forgot to mention the well preserved and nearby ghost towns of Garnet and  Coloma.   This truly is, the last best campsite in the last best place. Large family reunions and gatherings welcome! I will open as many camp sites as you need.
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Buck’s Paradise

2 sites · Lodging15 acres · Seeley Lake, MT
Learn more about this land: This is a non-smoking, Family friendly dry cabin. Pets are allowed as long as you clean up after them and don't allow them on the furniture. We love our fur babies! Property is located just north of Seeley Lake Beach. Lots of room to ride bikes with trails accessible nearby. Access to Deer Creek as well. Owner will be on the property from time to time staying at their cabin, so you may see them here and there. Excellent property to set up folf nets or just enjoy the quiet scenery of deer and listen to the birds. We just ask that you keep the property clean and be respectful. Pack in pack out.
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Montana Safari Tent - Blackfoot

2 sites · Lodging43 acres · Bonner, MT
Experience the charm of Montana's wilderness while indulging in the comforts of home at P-7 Base Camp, named after our family's historic livestock brand. Nestled on 43 acres in the picturesque Potomac Valley, just minutes from Missoula and the famed Blackfoot River, our peaceful retreat offers a unique glamping experience unlike any other. With only 4 sites available, including 2 safari tents and 2 Conestoga Wagons, we invite you to immerse yourself in luxury with our thoughtfully curated accommodations. Each glamping tent features luxurious bedding, electricity, a heater, coffee bar, mini fridge, wine glasses, S'Mores roasting sticks, solar lanterns, heated mattress pads, a picnic table, and Adirondack chairs. Plus, enjoy the convenience of two communal bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Our property, a working hay farm, offers a glimpse into rural life in Montana. During the summer months, you can witness the hay being irrigated, cut, baled, and stacked for winter use. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including deer, coyotes, herons, eagles, hawks, and sandhill cranes, who also call this property home. Explore the beauty of the Potomac Valley, one of Western Montana's best-kept secrets, with easy access to Missoula's vibrant downtown scene, hiking trails, museums, art galleries, and more. Spend your days floating, kayaking, or trout fishing on the Blackfoot River, or venture to nearby lakes for boating or paddleboarding. Dog-friendly trails at Lubrecht Forest are just a short drive away, while Garnet Ghost Town offers a glimpse into Montana's rich history. After a day of adventure, relax by the campfire and watch the sunset over the mountains, soaking in the tranquility of the Montana wilderness. Whether you're seeking outdoor thrills or simply a peaceful escape, P-7 Base Camp offers the perfect blend of luxury and nature in the heart of Big Sky Country.
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Ridgeline Retreat

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents70 acres · Missoula, MT
My wife, Nicole, and I were so very fortunate to have found this place. The homestead consists of 70 acres of mountainous forest in the wild lands of Montana. The cabin is totally off the grid but provides every creature comfort one could hope for.
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In The Pines: 5 off grids / folf

7 sites · Lodging, Tents20 acres · Bonner, MT
6 hole folf course 0 electricity, appliances, or refrigeration 5 structures on the property 1 small cook stove, heater, grill, and outdoor fire feature Bring your own dishes and silverware 1 community outdoor shower spotty cell service 2 free standing restrooms 1 cafe 5 miles away 5 miles off main road, the last 2 are a bit bumpy It's just minimalism and simple quality. You're welcome to unwind at our little family escape on your way to wherever. Follow the written directions. Google maps is not always reliable. Our retreat is small and quiet with only two cabins; the 570 Sq/ft Beartooth and 200 sq/ft Trapper. And three upscale canvas structures; the Lodgepole, the Ponderosa, and the Larch. All experiences are listed separately through Hipcamp. Every traveler will experience… …a queen and full bed in each accommodation – with the exception of the Trapper which has one queen bed. Though you will need to make your own mealtime accommodations, you will find enough in-cabin water, coffee, and tea to start each day on the right foot. A small grill is also provided. Remember, it’s a simple retreat so don’t forget ample bottled water, paper plates, cutlery, and everything else you need before you come in from town. You're dusk and dawn can be lit by the solar lights and small propane heaters will take the chill from the early mornings. But hey - it's hybrid, right? We provide the shelter...you pack like a happy camper. This is a camping experience, but in the area… …you will find Potomac Bar and Grill just 10 minutes away where you will find a wonderful rural café that offers every meal of the day. Fifteen minutes north, you will find Paws Up which offers extravagant dining experiences. Twenty-five minutes further you will find the town of Seeley Lake which offers all you would expect from a quaint Montana rural community. And, of course, 35 minutes south you will find Missoula and all that Missoula is. You can learn more about In The Pines, MT through finding us on Instagram. A few regs for all of us to keep in mind: No RVs – parking is limited No pets Please no media cast through external speakers
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Secluded "Ranchette" @ Waylon's Way

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Clinton, MT
On a case-by-case basis, I can pasture your horses. Currently, I only have grass available for them as I don't have a corral yet. Additionally, I can rent out my 15' camper to you on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to contact me to discuss these options further. My property is located on 10 acres and has only one visible neighbor. It is situated on the edge of the Lolo National Forest and accessed through a private road. There is a creek running through the property, which is home to little native cuthroat trout and is suitable for fishing CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY! The location of the property is fantastic, with the Clark Fork River and numerous other high-quality fishing spots like Rock Creek just minutes away. Moreover, the Kettlehouse Amphitheater, known for its impressive lineup, is only 7.5 miles away via a frontage road. It is a convenient 22-minute drive from downtown Missoula, although staying here offers its own unique charm and appeal. We are dog-friendly and offer full hook-ups for your convenience.
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Rainbow Gulch Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Clinton, MT
A small family farm working toward sustainability. Easy to access from I-90, drive in camping for a stop overnight or a home base while you explore the many attractions nearby.  For others, a walk in remote woodland camping experience with complete solitude after check in.Learn more about this land:...or in the adjoining field anyway! We are 20 miles east of Missoula, MT near the Kettlehouse Ampitheater in Bonner. Our location is halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. There are mountain bike paths, river access points for paddling, rafting or fishing within minutes of our land. We can even help you know where to go. Our land is surrounded by Nature Conservancy land with a public recreation easement, so you can hike and take your horse for a ride very easily. In a vehicle, you can pull into one of our pastures for your stay. Where you are depends on which field the sheep are eating! Tents also work in the field. We do not have any hookups. The fields are that - pasture fields. There are quiet neighbors across the fence. We are happy to offer advice about local attractions via messaging due to covid (rather than in person). This is pack it in, pack it outDuring the pandemic we ask that you wear a face covering if you have a reason to talk with us, even across the fence out of an abundance of caution since most of you are traveling from out of state. Tours are also temporarily suspended. 
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Swan Adventure Acres

2 sites · RVs5 acres · Condon, MT
My property is less than a mile off MT-83, between Seeley Lake and Condon. I back up to both Lolo and Flathead National Forest. Less than a quarter mile from the back of my land are trail systems for all kinds of recreation. Off road, hunting, hiking, fishing. Minutes to Lindbergh Lake. Only 15 minutes to all Seeley Lake has to offer. Enjoy the wilderness as your backyard, but still have easy access to town and great ATT cell service. The access road is a little rough, but I can get my 40ft class A up with no issue.
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Lake Inez Basecamp

1 site · RV5 acres · Seeley Lake, MT
Born and raised in Southeast Alaska, I landed in Montana. ... . When temporary became open ended, I knew I needed to work hard to make my own place ON the water IN the mountains. It is too special not to share. Since I am still hard at work, I hope to find like minded adventureists to appreciate this small space on their way to their next adventure. . . Learn more about this land: From our 1/2 ac campsite you can access Lake Inez via kayak, paddleboard and canoe. Put in at the dock or launch at the Lake Inez boat ramp and tie up at our dock. Please plan to park and hitchlock your boat trailer either at the launch or Beargrass Ln pullout off hwy 83. There is VERY limited space to turn around once you cross the bridge to the camp. You can hike, trail run and mountain bike from the campsite. Follow Loon lane north and up the hill. The second Forest Service gate (Westlake Way) opens up to the road network of the West Fork Clearwater river road system. There are both gated and open logging roads. Be aware and prepared for bear (Grizzly and black bear), mountain lion, deer, elk, and chipmunk encounters. Songbirds, loons, eagles, osprey, jays and many other migratory birds that migrate the flyway. You may also see otters and beaver. The beaver lodge is on the SE end of Lake Inez. At the Northeast side of the lake is an active blue heron rookery. Follow Morrel Creek Road at Seeley Lake you can hike and Mt Bike the nordic ski trails and logging roads. Be prepared and aware for bear, elk and moose encounters. Follow Morrell Creek Rd to the Morrel Creek Falls trailhead or the Pyramid Peak trailhead. Across the highway from Beargrass Ln is Camp Creek road. It links you to miles of open and gated logging roads that to the south, connect to the Morrell Creek road, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails and O.S.C.R. nordic race course . ( as a nordic skier I just had to throw that in) :)
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Firewood farms

1 site · RV4 acres · Seeley Lake, MT
Learn more about this land:We’re located in the middle of the mountains with a beautiful creek and a swimming hole in early summer. There are hiking trails, river rafting and lakes within 5 miles. There’s a small grocery store, gift shops and restaurants in town within 10 miles
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The best camping near Salmon Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

What do rainbows, cutthroats, and kokanees have in common? If you know the answer, grab your fishing pole and get your butt to Salmon Lake ASAP, because there’s nowhere better for endless fishing and swoon-worthy views. If fish aren’t swimming around in your cup of tea, just paddle out in the canoe and look to the sky for a spectacular variety of red-necked grebes, great blue herons, loons, osprey, and bald eagles. Tucked between the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges, Salmon Lake is a little nest of woodland wildlife. Protected by high mountains blanketed in Douglas-firs and ponderosa pine trees, Salmon Lake is the department store of wildlife—a one-stop shop for all of your flora, fauna and fishing needs.

Notable campgrounds

  • The Hike-Bike Campsite caters to cycling adventurers with amenities like a bike rack, fire ring, and bear-resistant food lockers.
  • Woodland Campsites offer a serene retreat amid western larch, ponderosa pine, and Douglas-fir, perfect for tent and RV campers alike.
  • Lakeside Campsites provide stunning views and easy access to the water for those looking to wake up to the sound of gentle waves.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak summer months, as sites at Salmon Lake State Park fill up quickly due to its popularity.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations, which can provide unexpected opportunities for last-minute trips.
  • Explore nearby camping options to ensure you have a backup plan in case the park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Salmon Lake State Park is during the summer season, when the park is fully open and all amenities are available. From May to late October, enjoy the full splendor of the park. Winter brings a quieter charm, with walk-in access and day-use only from November 1st to April 30th.

Know before you go

  • Check for any special restrictions or closures before your visit, especially during road construction periods.
  • Remember to store all food and attractants in bear-resistant containers to keep both wildlife and campers safe.
  • ADA accessible facilities ensure an inclusive experience for all visitors.
  • Non-resident visitors should be prepared to pay a day-use entrance fee of $8 with a vehicle or $4 as a walk-in.
  • Montana residents can enjoy the park without a daily entrance fee by paying the state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration.

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