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Fish Creek Campground

Fish Creek Campground Rd., Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana MT USA

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“sleep under the stars”

Overview Fish Creek Campground is the second largest campground in Glacier National Park, and one of four campgrounds that takes reservations. Glacier National Park, in northwestern Montana, is comprised of pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. It also provides countless scenic vistas for those wishing to relax and take in its nautural beauty. The campground is located on the western side of the park at an elevation of nearly 3,500 feet; this area of the park generally receives the most rainfall. Daytime temperatures can exceed 90 degrees, although it is frequently 10 to 15 degrees cooler at higher elevations. Weather in the mountains can be varied, including snow in summer; visitors should come prepared for anything.Recreation This facility is conveniently located in the western part of the park, nearby many day hikes, including Rocky Point Trail, which wanders through a burn area from a 2003 wildfire. Explorers of all ages can attend nightly ranger programs at an amphitheater within the facility.Facilities The campground is large with 178 campsites. The sites are relatively spread apart and provide privacy for both RV and tent campers. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities have flush toilets and sinks with running water.Natural Features Fish Creek is heavily forested with plenty of shade. Some sites have views of Lake McDonald. The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages almost 10,000 years ago. Its diverse habitats are home to nearly 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx. Over 270 species of birds visit or reside in the park, including such varied species as harlequin ducks, dippers and golden eagles. Nearby Attractions One must-see attraction is Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier's sister park across the Canadian-U.S. border. As the other half of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Waterton Lakes offers great hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the townsite of Waterton. Waterton Lakes National Park

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4.3 Access
4.7 Location
4.5 Cleanliness
3.9 Site Quality
4.2 Noise

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Reviewed by
aluminarium

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September 23, 2013
Rated

We stayed in the generator-free loop. Fish Creek is a beautiful campground with access to the lake. Our site was a little tight. Even though it was a pull through we had to back out when we wanted to leave so we wouldn't hit a tree. The camp host was a little intense. He came by a few times, and even peered in our window when we were home with the lights out. He wanted to let us know that we needed to leave by 11 the next day.

Fortunately we only stayed 2 nights, because it's a little too treed for our solar panels.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: C94

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

June 28, 2015
Rated

We snagged an outside-loop campsite here and were very pleased with how spacious it was and how easy it was to walk down to Lake McDonald. No hookups, so we used the generator in the morning for an hour, then found a sunny patch for our suitcase solar panel for the rest of the day (it has to move around a bit because of the tree cover). Cell coverage was surprisingly good. Bathrooms are clean. Showers are available, but are solar powered and the hot water runs out quick. PRO TIP: grab a shower at 2pm -- right after they're done cleaning it. Hot water abounds!

We have a 34' fifth wheel that *barely* made it into the site. This was the hardest back-in we've done (probably a tie with Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone). I might not attempt it with anything this large. All of the other trailers in this loop are under 30'.

One downside: the Western part of the park is great, but after you exhaust your time at Lake McDonald, everything else is going to be a long drive away. We were originally thrilled to be able to stay here for 2 weeks straight, but wish we had spent half of that time on the Eastern side of the park as well.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 14

Site Number: A14

5 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

July 14, 2015
Rated

We were very happy with our stay at the Fish Creek Campground. The sites appeared to be mostly pull-through with plenty of separation between you and your neighbors. Roads are all paved with easy in and out of the campground, but the sites are all dirt. Tons of trees provide ample shade all over the campground.

The rangers are very present in this campground (more than I have seen anywhere else). They did a great job of enforcing campground rules like generator hours & parking. They are also keeping an eye out for un-attended campfires. Two sites away from us the people took off and left their campfire burning. The ranger filled up buckets of water and put it out properly. I hope the people get a fine.

One of the biggest features of the campground is the quick access to Lake McDonald. A quick walk and you are on the beach enjoying the view. There were several people there swimming, fishing and kayaking in the lake. While it didn't seem bad, if you book a site that backs against the lake there might be some noise.

We also had the opportunity to attend one of the nightly ranger programs and would recommend checking them out while there.

As a comparison to our experience camping in Yellowstone at the Canyon Campground this campground was a 5 star resort and we would highly recommend it.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 08, 2017
Rated

Sites are well spaced but tight if you have slides. Loops are signed one-way, so get a site on the outside of the loop if you want your awning to face your campsite. Showers (4) are in loop A; you can park in the amphitheater lot and walk to them. Go right after daily cleaning (> 2PM) if you want a hot shower. Clean bathrooms, plentiful water spigots, strong ranger presence. Check out the bakery in Polebridge.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: B88

3 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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AT&T 4G

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June 24, 2018
Rated

The sites are a little tight, we have a 24 foot trailer. Not too much privacy but the campground is quiet. Showers are located in the A loop which is ¼ mile walk. There is a dump station and water available to fill your rig at the entrance of the campground and some non threaded water spigots scattered throughout the campground.

No TMobile service in loop B. 1 bar by the lake in loop A. ATT had 2 bars and good data speeds.

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Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: B62

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
roadtripper24341

  • 69 Reviews
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August 08, 2018
Rated

Being in Glacier and so near to town and the lake save this campground. It’s nicely wooded but spaces are small and on top of each other. Although there is a shower, it’s a far walk from some sites and there was nearly always a line and always no hot water (ice cold shower).

But it is an awesomely beautiful place.

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Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: -

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
2 Noise

Reviewed by
ZombieCat

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August 11, 2018
Rated

If you've researched other campgrounds in/around Glacier National Park, you know this isn't the number one choice. I started my planning late, so Fish Creek had the only sites still available for reservations. I had to change campsites nearly every night, but it was still worthwhile to be inside the park for most of my trip.

Fish Creek Campground is located fairly close to the West Glacier entrance. This makes it a solid hour of driving to Logans Pass, where parking is very limited. West Glacier offers gas, supplies and restaurants (huck pie - yes!!), so it's not all bad. You're also close to the Apgar Visitor's Center. This is convenient if you plan to park and ride the shuttle. Remember that if your overall rig is longer than 21 feet, you are prohibited from driving the Going to the Sun Road. This road is not for nervous drivers, especially those who fear heights. Take the shuttle to avoid the nail-biting journey and associated parking hassles.

As others have noted, the campsites at Fish Creek are close together. Some are also small and not conducive to large RVs. On a positive note, there were adequate bathrooms with running water/flush toilets and numerous potable water spigots. Each has a picnic table and fire ring. There's also a free shower facility on the A Loop. Unlike others, I had only a short wait on any given evening and always had warm water. If you're staying on the B, C, or D Loops, park on the amphitheater loop for a 5-minute walk to the shower.

I'll also add that the staff at Fish Creek were very welcoming. They always had a cheerful smile for me when I checked into my new site. The campground is also on Lake McDonald and near Apgar Village, so water sports galore.

If planning another trip to Glacier National Park, I'd probably start earlier and split my stay between the east and west sides of the park to minimize driving. Fish Creek would definitely be on my list!

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: -

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

June 03, 2019
Rated

Yes, the spots are a bit close together, but most NP sites are. We were 9 miles from McDonald lodge, and just two miles from Agpar village. Folks around us were super friendly. The camp host was very helpful. Only downside were the mosquitos. They were hungry😊.

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Nightly Rate: $26.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: A 24

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

June 24, 2019
Rated

The campground is nice. The spaces are a bit close together. The sites are back in and pull through, but it may be difficult to park a big rig in there. We had a back in and barely fit. When we left this morning, we had to back our van in at an angle to hook up our trailer, because there were trees in front of our site that were part of the site across from us. The rangers are very nice and helpful. If you have a junior ranger, have them meet Michelle at the campground entrance. She was wonderful in encouraging my 9 year old granddaughter to complete her ranger booklet. She gave her the pin for Glacier and had her say the oath.
The bathrooms were cleaned daily, but they were alright. Showers are free for campers. They had very warm water. They need shower curtains that fit better across the shower stall. The shower rooms are private rooms that lock, not in a multi-stall facility like some places.
As always, do not leave food, drink, or aromatic things outside. Bears live in the area.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 14

Site Number: 4

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 24, 2020
Rated

After waking up every morning for weeks and looking at Recreation.gov I finally scored a 2 night cancellation at the only campground open in Glacier NP. I’m so happy I was persistent...staying in the park was incredible and affordable at $23 per night. We arrived on Friday with a 2 night reservation and was able to book Sunday night at the gate, we just had to move. At this point we were pros at moving camp. The campground has several loops, we were in B and C. The sites in B seem to be a bit bigger, but farther from the lake. Keep in mind there are 300 sites at this campground so you are next to your neighbors, but most are pull through sites with some trees. I’ll take little privacy for convenience. It’s definitely better than the big rig RV parks. We ended up in site C106 for the 3rd night, what a treat. It’s very small for a 20ft trailer, but what it lacked in “indoor” space was made up for with the “backyard” space haha! The lake with a, nearly, private beach was about 50 yards from the site. We hiked down with my inflatable kayak, 6ft inflatable cactus, a cooler and made a day of it. The views were insane! There are nice bathhouses centrally located, a fresh water fill and dump station at the entrance, multiple water spigots in the campground and fire pits/picnic tables at each site. Going to the Sun Road and Avalanche Lake hike are very accessible, which are the two major attractions we hit since most of the park is closed. I look forward to going back when the East side is open.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Fish Creek Campground

Fish Creek Campground Rd.
Glacier National Park
West Glacier, Montana
MT USA
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Back In RV Sites Count
12
Check In
12:00 PM
Check Out
12:00 PM
Last Nightly Rate
45.0
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
35.0
Lowest Nightly Rate
12.0
Max Length
27
Max Stay
14
Season End
Sept.
Season Start
June
Sites Count
188
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