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River Ranch - Private beach

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 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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Glacier Park HipCamp

22 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents37 acres 路 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 鈥 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鈥檚 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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Glacier Acres Guest Ranch

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Columbia Falls, MT
Once part of a sprawling ranch on the Flathead Valley floor, we've managed to capture five acres of some of the most beautiful country in Montana for your enjoyment. You will love the peaceful country setting with spectacular mountain views! We are less than 20 minutes from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, less than 30 minutes from enjoyment of Flathead Lake, and less than 15 minutes from many city amenities. Additionally, a family water park is just 5 minutes away. Come enjoy!
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31 sites 路 RVs, Tents200 acres 路 Lakeside, MT
Legacy Bike Park is an active mountain bike shuttle park. The park operates Friday 12-7 and Saturday thru Sunday with occasional holiday Mondays from the hours of 10-5. If you enjoy riding mountain bikes, we recommend buying a ticket to the Bike Park from our website. Camping is divided into two distinct zones: Meadow Village and Logging Camp. Camping is primitive and roads are bumpy, but it鈥檚 a great place to spend the night! Please be sure your vehicle is capable of travel on gravel/forest-service type roads. PLEASE NOTE: We do not have water or electricity on site. Meadow Village campground is intended to be more social. We recommend sticking to tent camping and Sprinter vans for these Meadow Village sites. Logging Camp is farther from the action and can host trailers. These sites may be quieter and a bit more family friendly. Fire rings are in the communal base area and are subject to local fire restrictions. Small propane fit pits are permitted in campsites. Bike Park shuttle tickets (available at www.legacybikepark.com) are required to ride the Park, but not required for camping. Please anticipate traffic and possible delays while bike park shuttles are running. If you're planning on coming and going frequently during Bike Park operational hours (10-7), this may not be the spot for you. Logging Camp is farther from the action. These sites may be quieter and a bit more family friendly. Fire rings are located in the communal base area, and are subject to local fire restrictions. Often summer weather closes fire rings. Small propane fit pits are permitted in campsites. Expect evening gatherings at the base area. Please enjoy our pump track, communal base area, and hiking trails.
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Robinson鈥檚 Roost

4 sites 路 Tents3 acres 路 Columbia Falls, MT
Welcome to Robinson's Roost! My husband and I bought 3 acres of land and built our retirement home 16 years ago. We have chickens, fruit trees and a giant garden, and have 4 campsites in the wooded area of our property. We are excited to offer bathrooms and hot showers! Each campsite also has its own picnic table and there is a communal fire pit. We have a beautiful piece of property with the Columbia mountain range in our back yard. Great views, wildlife, garden, chickens. Situated on a dead end dirt road that is very peaceful and quiet. Hiking and water sports are also close by and we are only 6 miles from town. We are 20 miles to Glacier National Park, where the beauty and activities are endless. I have plenty of shopping, dining, hiking and activity ideas while visiting. We look forward to your visit!
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Camp Kapapa Old US Hwy 93

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents15 acres 路 Elmo, MT
We are a family-oriented eco-friendly campsite located on the beautiful Flathead Lake of Elmo, Montana. With direct access to the lake and an hour's drive to Glacier National Park. Whether you are a family or only one person, we are here to make your stay at our campground an enjoyable one. Our campground is one of the last places along the shores of Flathead Lake that is pristine and undeveloped.
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Creative Hideouts

2 sites 路 RVs1 acre 路 Columbia Falls, MT
Explore the 2 site, 1 acre property with spectacular views of Columbia Mountain, just 8 minutes from downtown Columbia Falls. Nestled under magnificent ponderosa pines it's the perfect spot to hang your hammock. Relax with stunning views of Blacktail ski area and enjoy beautiful alpine glows, sunsets and stary nights under the trees. Sit back and enjoy the Montana vibe with neighborhood horses and open field views. Come stay with us and let your Montana adventure begin! Each site has 30 amp service, potable water, picnic table, 2 Adirondack chairs and a fire pit. No septic. Just 25 minute to the gates of West Glacier National Park 30 minutes to Whitefish Mountain Resort 30 minutes to Flathead Lake Just 10 minutes to 4 Flathead River fishing accesses 8 minutes to town, groceries, restaurants and gas
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Wildiron Bigfork

14 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 MT
We live on 10 acres of mixed forest and field. In the summer we have an active blacksmithing school and flower farm here. The idea of a sustainable, self reliant lifestyle has always been part of our life and passing it down to others is a joy for us. We sustainably manage our food and forest to be the best stewards we can for our environment and our neighbors. Our Cabin and structures were built primarily of materials that were recycled or milled on site. which makes them warm and inviting. The Cabin is located close to our shop which houses an active blacksmithing school in the summer months where the rest of the structures are separate and in an area tucked away on the edge of the woods.Jeffrey and Betsy work to make your stay as welcoming as possible. We maintain a small orchard of fruit trees, a garden which feeds us year round and a small flower farm on the property. Avid skiers, bikers, paddlers and hikers, offering the property for others to enjoy was a conscious decision made when planning all of our infrastructure. Come and enjoy all the beautiful Flathead Valley has to offer.
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North American RV & Yurt Village

23 sites 路 Lodging, RVs40 acres 路 MT
Located Only 5 Minutes from Glacier National Park! 108 Full Hookup RV Sites 4 Yurts, 5 Camping Cabins - Restroom, Shower & Laundry Facilities. 24 Hour Access to our guest lounge which features satellite television, comfy couches, book exchange, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee, Shuffleboard and Pool table. Arcade, Playground, Dog Park, Walking Trail, Wi-Fi
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BC Ranch - Festival proximity!

42 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Columbia Falls, MT
BC Ranch is a secluded open hay field with 40 (35' wide by 30' deep) individual, designated sites for tent, RV or van camping. Large pine trees line the east fence. Located just 2 and 1/2 miles away, it's perfect for your friends and family to enjoy the Big Sky Festival activities! Shuttle to the festival will be provided twice daily (you'll need to find your own way back to camp). A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Glacier National Park, Whitefish and Flathead Lakes and Big Mountain Resort are within minutes of your campsite.
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Bucketlist #1

2 sites 路 RVs34 acres 路 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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MeadowSweet Farm

7 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres 路 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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The best camping near Flathead Lake State Park - West Shore Unit guide



Of all the State Park options around Flathead Lake, West Shore is most def the honeymoon spot. Stunning and serene, West Shore has all the watersports and lake-tivities you鈥檇 expect, plus views so spectacular you may just run out on your S.O. for a walk with your new freshwater lover along the rocky outcrops. Expect views of the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges so seductive they鈥檙e rated PG-13. Hike through the fir, pine, and larch forest with your birdwatching book in hand for a true lesson in wildlife, or turn a quick picnic into a 3-hour lunch as you daydream along the rocky shore. If your happy place is the front of a double kayak with a National Geographic-worthy landscape at your back, West Shore is your next true love.

Notable campgrounds

  • The campground's tent-only sites offer a secluded escape for those seeking a rustic outdoor experience.
  • RV campers will appreciate the spacious sites with electrical hookups, accommodating units up to 40 feet.
  • For accessibility needs, the park provides a wheelchair-accessible campsite, ensuring an inclusive environment for all visitors.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early through Reserve America to secure your preferred campsite, especially during peak season.
  • Consider visiting during the shoulder seasons for greater availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies for last-minute openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your desired dates are not available.

When to go

The best time to visit Flathead Lake State Park - West Shore is from May through September when the park's full range of amenities, including potable water and the dock, are available. The shoulder months offer fewer crowds, while the summer provides warm weather perfect for water activities.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's Facebook page or call ahead for the latest status on amenities and closures.
  • Remember to store food in bear-resistant containers or lockers to keep wildlife and campers safe.
  • ADA-accessible facilities are available to accommodate all visitors.
  • Non-resident visitors should be prepared to pay a day-use entrance fee.
  • Pets are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash.

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