There are many state and private places for camping around Flathead Lake. On the east shore you will enjoy sunsets across Flathead Lake every evening as the weather cools. As the scenic route, Highway 35 is also the road less traveled along the east shore. If you decide to take this route, please have patience as the road is posted at 50 miles per hour.
There are 13 public camping access sites around Flathead Lake that are maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. In addition, this vacation booklet contains information about each and every public campground around Flathead Lake. It also contains most every private campground around Flathead Lake. So it doesn’t matter if you are looking for public or private campgrounds for camping around Flathead Lake, this vacation booklet has the information you will need to plan your Montana vacation.
Flathead Lake State Parks
- Big Arm State Park on Flathead Lake ~ Big Arm Montana
Big Arm State Park is a 217 acre state park providing camping, hiking trails, boat launch, restrooms with showers offering camping opportunities from May through September and limited services camping available through mid-November. While a Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal fishing license is required for fishing at this state park.
- Finley PointState Park
Finley Point State Park is a 28 acre park offering 18 campsites and 16 boat slips that can accommodate boats up to 25 feet long
- Wayfarers StatePark ~ Bigfork Montana
Wayfarers Park is a 67 acre state park that provides users with camping, restrooms and showers, trailer dump, and boat launch facilities. Therefore, the campground maintains 27 with several tent sites located next to The Lake for visitors arriving by boat, and one ADA approved campsite. In addition, next to the park is Harry Horn Day Use area. Wayfarers is open year-round with limited services and is available May through September offering full services.
- Yellow Bay
Yellow Bay State Park is a public camping and fishing access site Yellow Bay is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation, so you will need a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe fishing license to enjoy fishing here.
West Shore of Flathead Lake
- West Shore StatePark
With 31 sites and 7 reserved for tent camping, The West Shore State Park is a 129 acre state park. In addition, the park offers vault toilets, grills/fire rings, firewood, picnic tables, bear resistant storage locker, trash cans, drinking water and interpretive displays. Although the shoreline is rocky the views of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountain Range is impressive.
- Wild HorseIsland State Park on Flathead Lake
Wild Horse Island is one of the larger islands on Flathead Lake. Also, it is a primitive 2,100 acre State Park that is only accessible by boat. Furthermore wildlife on the island includes osprey, bald eagles, deer, big horn sheep, and wild horses. The island is for day use only and maintains about 4 miles of trails.The perimeter of the island contains Private property. Please do not trespass on private property. One of the better public access points in on the north side of the island, Skeeko Bay. It’s in a cove, has a gravel beach and easy access to trail-head. This park resides within the boundaries of the Flathead Nation. Therefore a license from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe is required for fishing.
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