Ditto on a previous reviewer's notes. This is our 3rd summer visit to Apgar. Totally love the location near Lake McDonald and Apgar Village, with the boat dock, shops,etc. Xanterra has the contract now so maybe they can upgrade the old bathrooms. Maybe even have a pay shower house? Price has stayed the same for years; quite a bargain with the half-off pass for $10. There was a lot of smoky haze for a week, due to the fires in WA state. Air quality in the area got really bad when the many Apgar campfires combined with the wildfire smoke. Be sure to take the free shuttle from the nearby Transit Center. This is also a great campground to commute by bike to the Village and Center. We camped here in a Motorhome.
$10 per night (that’s half off using our Golden Age Passport) was for a pull-through primitive site in loop A with a fire ring and picnic table. Some sites are very level while others require substantial leveling. Apgar is the only campground within Glacier NP that can accommodate rigs up to 40’ in the parking area of the site. The remainder of every site is generously sized and has a level pad for tents, if needed. The sites are mostly in the shade with lots of big trees. Glacier National Park is spectacular. A portion of the Going to the Sun road was closed for plowing and repair during the early part of our stay but opened up on July 4th. There are plenty of other roads to travel if the Going to the Sun road is closed. There are over 700 miles of trails within the park, with varying degrees of difficulty. Bicycles are allowed on the roadways and several, but not all, trails. AT&T and Verizon cell service is spotty at best but we received good reception at the Apgar Visitor center area as well as in the towns of West and East Glacier. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Return visit, and things are the same. Same rate (and half price to $10 with proper pass) and same ill-fitting sites. Level does not exist. Big rigs really shouldn't come here. This campground is for the truck campers, tents, smaller trailers and motor homes. Lots of families having fun and all ages on bikes. Verizon cell and air card only work near host sites and in Apgar Village & Transit Center. Water available from spigots and in restrooms. Fee showers but not in the Village. They are only in private CGs outside. We rate this a 7 for the ambiance, great location, and overall camping experience. Will return, but weekdays work best. Hard to get in on the weekends. No reservations and fills up nearly every day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We checked out this campground when we were in the area without our RV. It is the closest campground to Glacier NP being located IN the park itself, between the West Glacier entrance and the main lodge. It is quite heavily treed but the spaces are roomy on pull arounds off the drive that winds through the campground . Probably not good for large rigs, but do-able. There is a shuttle that comes through Apgar to take guests to the boat and/or bus ride tours or the main lodge. We might stay here for a short visit if there was no availability in Coram or Columbia Falls, but it would not be our first choice. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campground is in Glacier National Park near the town of Apgar. We arrived early in the morning and did not have a problem finding a campsite we liked that our 34 foot 5th wheel trailer fit into. The campground hosts / managers were very friendly and accommodating. Campsites are available on a first come-first served basis. Campground access roads are asphalt and in good condition. Loops A, B, and C are big rig accessible. All sites are gravel and NOT level, and range from “somewhat level in places” to “impossible to level.” Trees at some sites may prevent slide-outs from opening completely. None of the sites have electric, water or sewer hook-ups. Generators are restricted to running during three periods during the day. The campground is located in a dense forest that provides a lot of shade. Each campsite has a fire ring and firewood is available at a fair price in Apgar Village. Lake Mc Donald, Apgar Village and the Apgar Transit Center are within easy walking distance. The campground is very quiet at night. Bathroom buildings are dated and require maintenance. Bathroom fixtures are also dated, with cold water only, and all were clean. Showers are available in Apgar Village or at the private Glacier Campground for a fee. RV sewer dump station is located near the entrance to the campground, was in excellent condition and had easy access. We stayed 2-nights and paid $20.00 each night. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Fun place to stay, loved the location. Easy bike or walk to the Transit Center, and Apgar Village. Wish we could have stayed longer, or if they had a shower house nearby. No reservations so you have to cruise around for a site. Be sure to check the Park's campground status page beforehand. Many sites are unsuitable for a RV. Verizon cell and internet worked very weakly in Loop C; signals better by Village. Had a bear in the campground! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice. One of the larger campgrounds in GNP. All the sites are pull through, but some look like they could be tricky because of trees. The park is about a 10 minute walk to Apgar Village. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our nightly rate reflects the Senior Pass. The sites are mostly pull through, the problem is the road in the loops are one way and the "inside" camp sites of the loop puts an RVs door away from the camp site. To rectify this, people go the wrong way so they can have the door of their RV facing the camp site. Not much of an issue I guess, since the Rangers did not seem to mind. This is a camp ground with flush toilets and a really nice place to stay while in Glacier. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Apgar is a lovely setting in Glacier National Park. The sites are primitive and wooded. The area is very beautiful with full access to the park and the Apgar Village. A great place to stay for a few days with out electricity. A dump station and water fill up are available. Lake McDonald is breath taking. The campground can be very full at times during the summer. You may have to stay outside the park to get a spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Senior rate. $20 is full rate. Water is available at host site in loop A. Dump station also has water, but I watched people dump and then go wash their hands at the potable water fill. Use plenty of bleach if you fill here. Dump station layout is real bad and had a pretty good backup when we were leaving. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good campground to stay at for the week. Site had good shade and decent privacy, but not the same for all sites. Flushable toilets, sinks, water and garbage. Great place to just camp with no fancy stuff. Was fairly quiet but very busy with the summer campers this year. Would recommend to anyone unless you like camping in luxury. We camped here in a Tent.
Dry camped and tight for big rigs. Couldn't find a private park this late in the season, but were tired and couldn't make it to our destination. It was a good overnight spot -better than a rest stop, that's for sure! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice, national park campground. Dry camping only. As noted previously, many of the sites are tight, and many are not level, but we didn't have any problems getting our 30' fifth wheel into a site. These campgrounds were not designed for 40' motorhomes!! Most sites are heavily shaded, so solar didn't work well here, not did the satellite. Verizon broadband worked well. There were good ranger programs every evening, and Apgar Village was an short walk from the campground, and has a decent restaurant, gifts shops, and visitor center. Overall, an excellent place from which to explore the western side of Galcier National Park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Dry camping, Natl. Park access, this campground has it. If your rig is over 32ft. be careful in allot of these camp loops they are tight and if your not careful you can get yourself into trouble. Each spot has a view and because we were there the last part of September we virtually had the campground to our selves. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a decent enough park. There are four different loops with one of them pretty close to the road to McDonald Lodge, so there's quite a bit of traffic noise. Very few sites appeared to be level, so it may take some careful selection or a lot of work to get leveled. It's a good family campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are very few usable spaces for a 40' motorhome here. The sites may measure 40' but if they are pull-throughs there are very tight bends and also many tree obstacles: not only with the sites but driving through the loops. Big Rigs: do not go into Loop D. The road at a turn has trees at both sides of the bend in the road. We missed tearing off our awning by inches! Motorhomes do not bend to make turns! The restrooms in Loop D were very dirty. A noisy trash truck comes through the loops every morning. They have many dumpsters so they were't even full enough to be emptied. We have been here many times over the years, but will not return to this campground. We prefer not to use public campgrounds when visiting national parks. The sites are decently spaced from each other with open vegetations so your neighbor will be visible. There are water spigots and flush toilets in unkept restrooms. The dump station is not easy to use for a 40' motorhome either: another tight bend with trees. There is a lot of road noise and motorcycle noise in this campground. Opening date is mid-May. Closing is mid-October. There are no reservations. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The sites are pull throughs horseshoe shape. Very quiet and serene. Lots of families and very close to Going To The Sun Highway. Follow signs for Apgar Village as you must go through there to get to campground. Deer go right through the campground. We would recommend this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A really fantastic campground in Glacier National Park. Lots of things to do right there at the campground, like fishing, swimming and eating. There are gift shops as well as a boat launch. Would go back again! Scenery is beyond other places by a wide margin. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had issues getting the camper (21ft) into the site. After a bit of work we got it in, but not the way we preferred. The location was great, it's a small walk down a path to the lake. Generator hours are a bit of a pain, they allow 8-10 am 12-2 pm and 4-6 pm, enough to charge batteries during breakfast, but we were always gone past 6 pm so no power to make dinner. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The staff were available and friendly. This is a nice spot on McDonald Lake, we were able to walk down to the lake from our campsite. The rangers do a nightly program in the amphitheater. We stayed in a site near the entrance to loop C (no generator loop). The sites in this area were mostly level but not so much toward the back of the loop. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground. Trees everywhere. The west side of Glacier NP isn't nearly as scenic as the east side. But the campground was beautiful. We have a 35' fifth wheel and an F350 w/ 8' bed. It was a challenge getting out of our campsite but after moving a few site markers and scrubbing a tree or two, we were rolling. The sights on the inside of the loop have door and awning facing street. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I made reservations months ago and by the time we arrived the office was closed. Imagine my happiness when on the window our name was listed with our camp-site number. LOVED THAT!! It was a very nice looking camp ground with trees, nice bike/walking paths, clean restrooms (newly remodeled) with showers! Everything I read said there were no showers. They take tokens but it is a nice addition for those people who have no other options. The lake is gorgeous and was just a short walk from our camp-site. This isn't your swimming lake though...Brrrr!!! We had a nice bike ride to the "Village" with most of it on a bike path. The only downside: Mosquitoes. We couldn't go out in the evening to sit by the fire because they were horrible. That and no hook-ups was why I "docked" them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fish Creek is the only park campground on the western side of the park that accepts reservations. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel pull-offs. There are no hook-ups and no showers. Generators are permitted for two hours each morning, mid-day, and evening. We stayed at this campground for 7 days while exploring Glacier NP. Our site, A-23, was large and overlooked Fish Creek. We were pleased and surprised to have cell service (Verizon). The staff was friendly and helpful, and presented nightly programs in the amphitheater. The Going-to-the-Sun Road did not open all the way to Logan Pass until the afternoon of June 24. We enjoyed this campground and would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Fish Creek is one of the two campgrounds in Glacier National Park that accepts reservations. Located on the northern shore of Lake McDonald, potential users should be aware of the regulations and limitations pertaining to each of its 4 loops. Loop “A” is capable of holding larger motorhomes, but operators of these vehicles should take care when passing between the two large trees near sites 15 & 16. Loop “B” may create maneuvering problems for vehicles over 30’. Loop C prohibits any use of generators and campground literature warns that vehicles longer than 28’ are unable to navigate loop “D”. This is a heavily wooded campground, so at many of the sites vehicle interiors will be quite dark, even at mid-day. Because of its location on the more densely populated western side of the park, the campground receives heavy use during the summer season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
$23 is full rate, we paid $11.50 senior rate. Reservations taken and recommended. We could only book 4 nights and could not get any extra nights while here. This place is booked solid in the summer. Great base for seeing the east side of the park. Potable water is at the dump station on the way out. We were able to make the swing around the attendant booth after checking in with no problem. Then a short ride back to the visitor center to turn around. As reviewed, sites can be tight, took some doing to get positioned so our slides could go out. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We loved this campground. Lots of good easy hiking out of it, with the opportunity to see wildlife. We saw one black bear and a couple of moose in the lake 10 minutes (hiking) from our campsite. There is a store for supplies with in a few steps and the prices were right. Both days we hiked over to Many Glacier Hotel and the second day we took the boat trip with hike over to Grinnell Lake: really nice. We really hated to leave and would go back again in a heartbeat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
No hookups & the sites weren't the easiest to get level on, but this is a National Park campground and those things were expected. Such a beautiful campground with easy access to some of the best hiking in Glacier National Park. If you want to experience the best of GNP, this is a great place to camp. Wish it had reservations, but would try camping here again before going anywhere else in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Many Glacier Campground is our favorite in Glacier National Park, and since it is also first come-first served, and very popular, you have to get there about 9-10 AM to get a site. There are very few sites that accommodate big rigs (>25’), but there are a few. There is great wildlife viewing in the campground We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
When we were there, they were only allowing hard sided rigs, vans, etc., because of a bear problem. We never saw any bears or other interesting wildlife; just chipmunks and birds. The sites cannot accommodate large rigs. We have a 30’ motorhome, and it was a tight squeeze. There was a nice dump station and good quality potable water, but no hookups. We drove our small dinghy car across Logan Pass; vehicles over about 24 feet are not allowed there, and for good reasons. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was an adequate campground. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel and dirt. There are no utilities. No internet or cell signal of any kind. No internet available at the St. Mary visitor center either. The staff at the entrance booth were pleasant and efficient. Much of the campground is covered with 8-12 ft tall trees. They don’t provide shade but in some cases do provide privacy between sites. All sites are pull-outs, usually with some plants between the site and the campgroud road. This provide some privacy from the road, but do require that your rig can make the turn into the pull-out. There are some sites that don’t have this plant growth, which would be useful if you have a long rig that would have difficulty making the turn (such as a 40’ motorhome or trailer). If you’re tent camping not many of the sites have a place to pitch your tent, so people end up pitching them in part of the site driveway. All three loops (A,B,C) are driven counter-clockwise and are long enough and narrow enough that you don’t want to drive them backwards. This means that if you have a trailer or motorhome and you select a site on the left side of the road, then your door will be facing the road – not the picnic table. Ants…. All over the ground, at least at our site (B88), but didn’t seem to bother our legs Here are how the sites stack up in terms of privacy (trees) and openness (no privacy from your neighbor):A1-4: open, A5-8: trees, A40-45: trees, (the rest of A loop was closed by flood damage while we were there). B51-56: open, B57-68: trees, B69-B71:open, B73-91: trees, B92-100. C101: trees, C102-108: open, C109-117: trees, C118-123: open, C124-132: trees, C133-C152: open, C153-the end: trees For big rigs, here are the sites that don’t have trees between the site and the campground road: B52, B69-71, B94, B97, B100, C102, C107, C108, C118, C117, C121, C134, C135, C137, C138, C141, C142, C143, C144-C150 , C152 We initially had trouble understanding the free park shuttle system, so here’s some information that might help. The road between Logan Pass and Avalance Lake (west side) is very narrow and restricted to vehicles 21’ or less in length. The park runs full-size bus shuttles from the east entrance (St Mary’s) to Logan Pass, and from the west entrance to Avalance Lake. For the stretch between Avalance Lake and Logan Pass, only smaller 12-passenger Sprinter type vans are used. The vans appear to run entrance-to-entrance, not just this restricted stretch. So … if you get on a full size bus heading to the interior of the park (from either the east or west entrances), you’ll have to exit at either Avalance Lake (east bound) or Logans Pass (west bound), and wait for a van to pick you up. If you get in a van headed the direction you want to go, then you should be able to stay on it to your final destination. We found the bus frequency frustrating – there would be several in a row, then a long gap with no busses (and, of course, the first bus after that gap would be packed to the gills). The park said this was caused by construction delays on the east side of Going-to-the-sun road, but 11 of us got up early to take the first bus of the day from St. Marys scheduled for 7AM, which didn’t appear until 7:20 (and didn’t come through the construction) so the construction excuse doesn’t explain everything. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Overall, an outstanding national park campground, considering the mostly large sites, beautiful views, and showers- but only in one loop - and sites can be reserved online. The cost is $23; don't know why previous reviewer said $35. Certain Park passes allow half price, so we stayed 7 nights x $11.50. Had to move a few times, used Loop B and C. Never had anything level at all, but you're only there at night (and be sure to see the stars after 11pm) . We camped here in a Motorhome.
The surrounding mountains make a beautiful setting for a campground that has relatively short, narrow, pull-through sites. There are no hookups, no WiFi, and no laundry. The bathroom were nice and clean and modern with spacious showers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Tight, small spaces, really could use a little more room. And for some reason, they have wood posts about 18 to 24 inches high everywhere, and hidden in tall grass and bushes. Damaged my RV backing up to level. Bath and pay showers are nice, but showers weren't cleaned as often as needed. Great location, but be aware that AT&T does not have any cell service on east side of park (does on west). Verizon works on both sides. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice large campground. There are better in the park, but this one took reservations and has a very good location. The sites are close and the scenery is minimal. Would attempt to get into another campground next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the only cg on the east side that you can reserve, and you must. Fills early and daily. Good luck picking a site online; they don't tell you that many are sloped- ours was awful. But was close to restroom and spigot, nice view. Biked to VC and shuttle. Town is further: groceries, shops and great cafes. Happy to get good Verizon signal from site and there's camper showers in loop C (get tokens from Ranger). Bathroom didn't have toilet paper for 2 days and hosts were lazy, but otherwise this was a good visit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great National Park CG. No hook-ups, but clean restrooms and friendly staff. No showers. Walking distance to visitor center and shuttle bus route to the GTSR. Have stayed here in the past and will do so again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground may not be the most scenic campground in the park, but compare to almost anywhere else, it's great. The location is ideal for exploring the eastern regions. We stayed 3 nights with no issues. The staff were present and friendly. A threaded potable water spout is available at the entrance, with plenty of water spouts in the campground. This was a very quiet campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We thought about staying in a full service park but decided not to. You get the full national park experience staying on sight. This is a fantastic campground. We were in sight C118 on the outside of the loop. The sites on the inside of the loop had their doors and awnings facing the street. Views were better on the other side of the loop but our sight was next to a creek. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice National Park campground. Dry camping only, but if you come expecting that, it isn't an issue. Nice to have the dump station on-site to clean out as you leave the park. Our site was a little lacking on the shade, but the views of the surrounding mountains made up for it. We spent the majority of the time in the park anyway, so it wasn't a big deal. Easy access to the park. The lack of showers was an issue for us. The showers are about 6 mi up the road at Rising Sun, but they have very limited stalls, so the wait was long. The local KOA wanted 10.00 a person, so the cost at Rising Sun was much more appealing. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
GPS N48.75254 W113.44043 I agree with the other reviews. I stayed a week. Used this as a base camp to visit the Canadian and USA side of the parks. Rate is Golden Age and I am not sure if it is correct. BIG rigs will have problems. Only a few site would accept my 33 foot travel trailer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice campground! Lots of shade, good size site. You can easily walk to the St Mary Visitor Center, where you can also get on the park's shuttle. Although there are no hookups, which is typical of a National Park, you can run your generator during meal times and there is a convenient dump station. We arrived with a full fresh water tank and empty holding tanks and did not have to dump at all and so the lack of hookups did not bother us. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Another very nice National Park Campground. Dry camping only. Much more open than the heavily shaded campgrounds on the west side of the park, and marvelous views of snow-covered mountains. Solar and satellite worked well here, as did Verizon broadband. The campground is set up in loops, so there is reasonable seperation and privacy between sites. There is an attendent booth on the main access here that cuts down on folks simply cruising through the campground. Overall, a very nice place to stay while exploring the east side of Glacier National Park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground has a spectacular view of some of the mountains in Glacier National Park. Easy access to all of the east side areas in the park. Primitive campground with few and far between water spigots. The water spigots are designed so that a hose will not connect, even my water thief hose adapter that has worked well in other state and national parks would not fit the spigots in St. Mary. Pull through sites are tightly curved for longer rigs, and many have bushes and/or trees on both sides. I had a very difficult time getting my 38ft fifth wheel out of our site and ended up having to drive over some bushes. As others have mentioned, bring plenty of groceries with you. The grocery store in St. Mary has no fresh meats, a very minimum amount of produce (think 1 head of lettuce, 2 melons, etc.),but if you want beer or wine, they have a good selection at a high price. Park Cafe has good bison burgers and good homemade pies. The biggest problem we had was the lack of showers in the park. The rangers said the KOA close by offered showers for a price, we drove over and asked at the KOA. They charged $10 per person per shower! This campground had the best view of any we have ever been to, but everything else made it difficult to stay longer than 3 days. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great views and there are alot of sites with trees. The roads are all one way, so if you are camping on the left side of the road with an RV, your campsite is backwards. I pulled my 38 foot, fifth wheel in against the flow so I would be able to have steps and awning on the picnic table/fire pit side. Was chastised by the camp hosts as they said it would be a problem if an evacuation was necessary due to fire. Well, I'll take the chance! Take care when making reservations. I had reserved a 70 foot long site thinking I would have plenty of room. But some sites have lots of trees and others don't. My original side, although long, was very curved and the trees would have prohibited my slides or awning use. Some of the shorter sites with no trees actually have alot more usable room. The attendants at the gate were very helpful in arranging a move to a more suitable site. It was early enough in the season so there were plenty of vacancies. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
St Mary’s is a large National Park Service campground at the eastern end of the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park that is within walking distance of the visitor’s center. 25 of its 148 sites can accommodate motorhomes up to 35’ according to the campground’s online description. I visited in a 35’ motorhome with tow vehicle and was able to park both vehicles in my assigned site with no problem. This is a typical Park Service campground – all the sites are primitive and are pull-throughs which parallel the roadway. Security is very good, and campground noise quickly subsides as darkness falls. If you plan to visit for any period of time, come prepared with a full water tank and a good supply of groceries. While there are a few water spigots in the campground, they appear to be intended for tent campers. The “grocery store” in the town of St Mary’s stocks a larger selection of wine and beer than it does food. As with many of the campgrounds in this popular park, St Mary’s fills to capacity on many nights during the summer season, so reservations are suggested. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were very happy with our stay at St. Mary's campground. The views from the campground are wonderful and can be seen at any angle. We were very lucky to get a more private spot but most of the sites are out in the open. Lots are fresh water around and the bathrooms were overall clean. No showers so we had to drive to pay showers but it seems to be that way in the whole park. Overall a good experience! We camped here in a Tent.
Loved the layout of the Campground, and the restaurant within the Campground had phenomenal food. The surrounding area had an very interesting array of places to eat and sites to see. We camped here in a Tent.
Probably not the nicest of the Glacier NP campgrounds but it worked for us. Our site, A10, was close to the path to the visitors center, close to the bathroom, had plenty of shade, was a pull-thru, and had its own water spigot. The rest rooms have toilets and sinks and are frequently crowded. There was some road noise from US 89. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a primitive park that has only dry camping (no hookups). While there are restrooms, there are no showers. The water spigots won't accept a hose for even a temporary hookup to fill water tank, although you can go to the entry station with your RV to fill from a hose. The loop roads are narrow, many of the sites have no shade, and the pull-through sites are right on the road and barely long enough for larger class A rigs. On a more positive side, the campground is immediately adjacent to the St. Mary visitor center and the Going-To-The-Sun Road (GTTSR). Generator hours are 8-10, 12-2, and 5-7, enough to keep the batteries in good condition. Those with Senior passes (62 and older) get in the park free and camp for half price of $11.50. There is a free shuttle bus service over the GTTSR that we much preferred to driving over this harrowing road. This road is a must see, however, one way or another. Our Tracfone did not work at all, but we had consistently strong signals on our Verizon air card. Strong advice to those going from Browning to St. Mary entrance in a motorhome or 5th wheel: avoid the extremely narrow, winding and twisting, up and down of Route 89 and instead take State Route 464 out of Browning. It's 11 miles longer but is a very good road compared to Route 89, is up on the high plains with gorgeous views of the mountains and plains, and relatively straight. We would probably stay here again when visiting the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fairly primitive park. Not only do they not have water and electricity, they don't even have showers. The few facilities they did have were standard national park stuff. The sites are small, not very attractive and uneven. You can see the mountains however, and the St. Mary visitor center is a short 15 minute hike away, from where you can jump on the free Going To The Sun shuttle bus. Location is the only selling point for this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We returned to Glacier and St. Mary's Campground for a second time in three years this August. The last time we went to Glacier it rained on the west side for three days and then we moved to St. Mary's where it was dry but 40 mph windy. After six days we gave up and drove west until we hit sunshine in Idaho. That being said, I loved this campground then and my feelings were reaffirmed when I returned. St. Mary's is where the mountains meet the plains so the wind comes blowing down fairly regularly. The weather was much better this time but we still had to move our tent trailer the last night into a site with trees. You see, we are a sucker for the wide open spaces at the end of the loops with a view of Singleshot Mountain and the lake. Those spots are always windy, but my wife just adores them. There are three loops, A, B, and C. "A" loop is the closest to the St. Mary's river and town and has the most trees except at the far part of the loop from the access road. There is a trail to the Visitors Center, shuttle, and town from this loop. The sites near the river in the trees are very nice, but small for big rigs. Throughout this campground the best sites for big rigs, and big views, are near the ends of the loop. "B" loop is similar but lacks the proximity to the river so it should be your last choice. The "C" loop sits up the hill considerably from the other two and offers views of St. Mary's Lake from many sites. There are great spots in the meadow and alongside the base of the foothills forest. St. Mary's is the only campground on the east side of Glacier NP that takes reservations. It is closest to the Going to the Sun road and near a nice little town with many services. It can be a great home base or could be a place to stay for one night arriving late and then heading on to try your chances midweek at Many Glacier or Two Medicine. Reservations are non-specific so the rangers usually let you drive through and pick one out. The rangers have been wonderful both times we have visited. You will have to forgo the hookup to stay here and there are other options nearby, but there is nothing like a national park campground for stunning sites with great natural views. This is not a big woods campground so some don't like it much, but if you appreciate both mountains and plains you will love it. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
What a gem this park is!! One of the most beautiful National Park CG settings we have experienced! Staff was very friendly and restrooms were very clean. If you have a sizeable rig, get there early!! There are people cruising the park in the morning to get one of the larger sites that are in the front near the meadow and lake. Drove the loops twice before we found a great site. A lot of sites in the inner loops will not accommodate an RV or trailer, especially anything over 25'. Kind of a bummer that the big sites that can accommodate a big rig can be taken up by a tent. But, it is "first come first served" and the sites are as much their right as anybody else. The store and boat dock area are great and an easy walk or bike ride away. We will definitely be back! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We found Two Medicine to be like a park within a park. It is separate from the main part of Glacier and therefore quieter and calmer. There are some amazing sites facing the water, but all the sites are nice for primitive camping. No hookups at all. There is a dump station at the park's entrance and they have several times a day when running generators is allowed. The campfire circles at the park were the best I've ever been too: from a Blackfoot singer, Jack Gladstone, to a conversation with an Old Goat. Amazing stuff. Near the campground there is a small store with gifts and snacks as well as a marina where you can take a tour boat or rent kayaks or canoes. Don't miss the Going to the Sun Road. We also drove up to Waterton Park in Canada one day which was absolutely lovely! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first time camping in a National Parks camp ground and we were very pleased with what we got. Above all, peace and tranquility. No cell phone ringing, no Wi-Fi computer distractions and no TV. Just nature to watch and breath taking scenery to absorb. Get there early in the day because the sites soon fill up and we noticed numerous people trawling around looking for a change of location early each day. Once you have located a suitable site it is then self registration but this is routinely checked by the park staff. Fees can be paid in US or Canadian funds and while we were there the dollar and the looney were taken on par. There are numerous washrooms dotted around and some specifically for the disabled. All are flush toilets and have running cold water to the sinks. Electric plugs are also available inside the washroom blocks so connecting hair dryers or shavers isn't a problem. These washrooms are cleaned daily. Around the camp ground there are also numerous fresh water taps available but these do not accept a hose connection so filling your portable water tanks is more of a challenge (unless there is an adapter out there somewhere). You can use the hoses at the dump station to fill your freshwater tank but this is on the way out. Just outside of the camp ground is a well stocked and very reasonably priced general store, selling just about everything you could need for a few days camping in the woods. The lake is adjacent to the camp ground and provides excellent leisure resources for fishing, kayaking and swimming, etc. The area has plenty of good walks but this is bear country so bring your spray and bear bangers. Its also a good idea to pack lots of bug spray because the mosquitos are more problematic than the bears! Every evening the park staff present a different interpretive talk that lasts about an hour. If I have any criticism it is that a tiny two man tent is allowed to occupy a space that would be more suited to a 45' motor home while a more suitable sized site is left empty. A little more regulation might maximize the potential of this camp ground. Loop C is more in tune with small units while A and B are capable of handling the larger rigs. I will definitely return to this location in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Senior rate. Large rigs can access park by coming up MT-49 from US-2. MT-49 has a 21' vehicle restriction north of the park. Note that sites 1 thru 36 are now no generator sites. Very quiet here, no phone, broadband or TV. Could see bears from our site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Absolutely the finest National Park camping in the country but don't tell anyone. All of the camping is first come first served basis. There are bigger rig camping spots right next to the lake. This is dry camping at its finest. Our solar panels got plenty of sun and we even got DirecTV on our dish, life is good. The scenery is specular and the rangers are the best. There is plenty of hiking, free fishing, ranger evening presentations. Did I mention the scenery! We camped here in a Motorhome.
A quality National Park campground. No hook ups or showers, but don't go to most NP campgrounds if you need them. Good evening programs, well maintained and patrolled. In peak season, arrive early in the week if you need a bigger site for larger RV. Scenery around park and most views from campsites is breathtaking. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My favorite Glacier Park campground. No hook-ups but beautiful scenery: if you are by the lake. There are a few large rig sites, but most are for smaller rigs. Great location for hiking trails, boating, etc. It's located a little off the beaten trail, but that's the beauty of this campground. Also, there's a tour boat on the lake. Spent a week here in a 34' 5th wheel. Rate was for Golden Age. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is as close to nature as you can get in an rv. Scenery is fantastic and the peace and quite beyond compare. We camped here for four days and could have stayed forever (except in the winter). Like all N.P. campgrounds there are no hookups but a dump station is right at the entrance. If showers were available this would be a 10+. Best campground in Glacier which is the best N.P. in the country We camped here in a Motorhome.
The Two Medicine Campground has 99 sites, no hook-ups but can house larger rigs, and has bathrooms and potable water. It’s a fairly remote campground, but we liked it because of that fact. It’s first come-first served. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.