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APGAR GROUP SITES, MT

part ofGlacier National Park, National Park Service
Photo: APGAR GROUP SITES
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Apgar Campground is situated on the southern tip of Lake McDonald in beautiful Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. Pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes are found throughout the park.

With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a paradise for hikers seeking wilderness and solitude. It also provides countless scenic vistas for those wishing to relax and take in the natural beauty of the park.

Natural Features:

Apgar is located in a dense forest 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.

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.

Recreation:

Lake McDonald provides great opportunities for boating, water skiing, canoeing and fishing in its cold mountain waters. A variety of fish are found in the lake, including cutthroat, rainbow, bull and lake trout, whitefish and Kokanee salmon.

The campground is conveniently close to many trailheads for day hikes, including Apgar Lookout Trail, a 3.3-mile trail leading up to a fire lookout with breathtaking views of Lake McDonald.

The Apgar Bike Path, a paved 1.5-mile trail popular for walking and biking, leads to the nearby Apgar Visitor Center and Village. Horseback ride reservations, boat rentals, shuttle service and Red Bus Tour reservations are available here.

One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which travels past the campground. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana.

Facilities:

Apgar is the largest campground in Glacier National Park. It offers 10 group sites that accommodate 9-24 people each. Apgar Village is just minutes away, offering a visitor center, gift shops, a general store and casual restaurant.

Amenities within the campground include flush toilets and drinking water. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided, and a campground host is on-site. Ranger programs are held nightly at the amphitheater. Lake McDonald is just a short stroll from the campground.

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. Click here for more information.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Drive
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Reservations at group sites are available for parties of 9-24 people only; individual sites for parties up to 8 are available at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds
  • Reservation holder must check in with host upon arrival
  • Grizzly and black bears frequent the area; food storage regulations strictly enforced; when not in immediate use, all food, beverages, coolers, cooking utensils, pet food or other attractants must be kept in a closed, hard-sided vehicle or secured in bear proof storage lockers near campground restrooms
  • Vehicle and vehicle combinations longer than 21 ft. or wider than 8 ft. (including mirrors) are prohibited between the Sun Point parking area and Avalanche Campground
  • Park entrance fee is separate from camping fee; passes are $25/vehicle, $12/hiker or cyclist and are valid for seven days
  • Campground length of stay is limited to 14 days.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.525, -113.98361
48°31'30"N, 113°59'1"W

Located 1 mile northeast of the west entrance near West Glacier, Montana. Access is from U.S. Highway 2, approximately 32 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

APGAR GROUP SITES
Glacier National Park
West Glacier MT 59936

Phone Number:

Information: (406)888-7800
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