Hipcamp host Craig S.
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Campsite #1  Is a campsite right next to campsite 2.  There is no camper on this site (pictures show a camper).  It is located with a beautiful view of the beautiful and massive Flathead Lake and the valley.  Hiking/biking trails and road right off the property.  Lake, swimming, boat access and parks nearby. We can direct you to local swimming areas as well as semi-private s


Campsite #1  Is a campsite right next to campsite 2.  There is no camper on this site (pictures show a camper).  It is located with a beautiful view of the beautiful and massive Flathead Lake and the valley.  Hiking/biking trails and road right off the property.  Lake, swimming, boat access and parks nearby. We can direct you to local swimming areas as well as semi-private swimming holes. Great area for miles and miles of road and mountain biking. Whitewater and nice flat water boating nearby.  

Due to our current situation regarding covid 19 we are reducing campsites and dates they are available.  However if you do get to stay you will have plenty of elbow room.   

Note: We are doing some work on the property and the house.  It is all a work in progress however, your view and campsite will not be affected!  


Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Craig a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Caitlin
Caitlin F.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2018

Staying here was such a treat on my long camping road trip. I didn't do enough research before booking this so when I arrived and found out I had a whole camper to myself, I was so pleasantly surprised! The camper is perfect and has everything you could need.

Craig is a wonderful host and I really enjoyed his company (as well as his son and dogs!). He directed me to a beautiful spot for swimming on Flathead Lake which was perfect. My dog got along really well with his, and I enjoyed watching them play. Craig even helped me hose my dog off when she got muddy from playing so hard haha!

It's very easy to find his place (follow the directions to the T), and the location was really convenient for exploring the Whitefish/Flathead Lake area. Amazing view as well! Can't recommend this place enough and hope to visit someday again! Thanks Craig!

Adorable camper with a nice patio area.One of the beds inside the camperThe other bed, sitting area, sink/kitchen etc. Surrounded by beautiful ponderosa forest
Hipcamper Violet
Violet B.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2018

Craig was wonderful with helping us get there and making sure we had everything we needed ! Thanks again!

Mountains, private, close to town 1Mountains, private, close to town 1
Hipcamper Heidi
Heidi H.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2018

This campsite was primitive and lovely! The host gave us many insider tips. He was most helpful and friendly. We will be going again when we can!

Hipcamper Kara
Kara O.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

We had a great time at Craig’s camp area. Craig was very accommodating for our large group. The view from the Ponderosa was incredible! Definitely recommend and would visit again!

Hipcamper Adrienne
Adrienne S.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2019

The ponderosa was absolutely perfect for what we were looking for! Amazing lake views and the cozy little camper was more than big enough for my husband and I and our two dogs. The wooded area is so magical with deer roaming around and it was so unbelievably quiet that my husband actually scolded me for shouting at the dogs and disturbing the silence, oops 🤭 If you are looking for pure solitude and a beautiful place to do it, you won’t be disappointed with the ponderosa. We didn’t get to hang out at camp much but Craig was available for anything we needed and was a great host. Thanks so much we would definitely come back and absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a little slice of paradise near Flathead Lake.

Hipcamper G Douglas
G Douglas C.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2020

This site is definitely off the beaten track, and the view is fabulous. Craig was congenial and helpful. We had plenty of space and water, and the solar shower worked fine (except when is was cool and rainy, but no-one complained). We were able to cook over a fire and just generally had a great visit. Close enough to Glacier National Park that it was an easy day-trip. And the Miracle of America museum in Polson, is a hidden gem.

Another sunset view from the campsite.A sunset picture.An evening view.Just us, at the campsite.
Hipcamper Melissa

No room in the inn

Melissa J.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 16th, 2020

We reserved and paid for a stay in a trailer on the ponderosa many weeks out. I messaged with the host several times leading up to the stay to ensure he was expecting us and there were no problems. We drove from Kentucky and arrived at the property to find no one there, no instructions and a trailer that was parked in the driveway and clearly not ready for use. When I was able to make contact with the host via phone several hours later, he informed me that he was no longer renting the trailer. He didn’t have any other ideas for accommodations so we were on our own at 6pm at night to find other accommodations for the next 2 nights. My sense is that the host is not a bad guy. He is just not too concerned about the details. Unfortunately for us, we had paid lots of attention to the details because we drove 2,500 miles to celebrate the birthday of our two kids on that particular day. Fortunately we were able to find some
other good ways to celebrate. If you want to be in Polson and have a tent or trailer and lots of flexibility, Craig’s property is gorgeous and I’m sure it would be a great please to stay. If you are looking for solid plans - go somewhere else.

Hipcamper Craig
Response from Craig, the Host, on September 9th, 2020

Yes I take full responsibility for this issue. I took the camper off the listing (switched to tents only) in late May, however you made the booking prior to that. Ive thought about that evening often and how challenging of a time that must have been for your family. If you are this way again- we'd like to make it up to you if we could.

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Hipcamper Michael
Michael L.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2020

Lovely stay! Craig’s site has clean amenities, a friendly dog, and great views of Flathead lake. Would recommend, and his site is well laid out for social distancing during COVID.

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda B.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2020

Craig was very accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed when we arrived. The view was amazing and his 2 pups were a plus especially because they played so well with ours.

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