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BIG CREEK CAMPGROUND, MT

part ofFlathead National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BIG CREEK CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Tue May 26 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Creek Campground lies in the expansive Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. Visitors can enjoy access to the Flathead River as well as the countless other recreational opportunities provided by the surrounding forests.

Natural Features:

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border, lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest.

Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout and with numerous lakes, streams, and rivers to enjoy, the forest is a premiere destination for visitors.

The campground sits along the North Fork of the Flathead River, which begins in Canada and joins a couple other forks before depositing into Flathead Lake. It is a forested area of mature pine and fir trees that provide a sparse understory at an elevation of 3,300 feet.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy the ample fishing and floating opportunities provided by the river. Trout are a popular catch amid the calm flow of the water. Boating is also an excellent pastime, as the river is perfect for floating, rafting and canoeing.

Across from the campground is the Glacier Institute's Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, which provides learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Programs offered include seminars and guided hikes, which point out the diverse natural and cultural resources of the Glacier National Park and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

Facilities:

The campground offers several accessible individual campsites for tent and RV camping. Each has convenient access to the river and is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

A group camping area is nestled in the middle of the campground and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Campfire circles and group picnic areas are also available.

Nearby Attractions:

Big Creek Campground is just a few miles from the Camas Creek entrance to the Glacier National Park. Columbia Falls, along the North Fork of the Flathead River, is located 19 miles south of the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Canoeing
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Bears and mountain lions live in and frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage
  • Electric, water and sewer hookups are not provided
  • Click here for more information on the Flathead National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
  • The first vehicle is included in the site fee. An extra vehicle charge of $5.00/vehicle per night will be collected at the campground.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.59898, -114.16366
48°35'56"N, 114°9'49"W

From Columbia Falls, Montana, follow State Route 486 north for approximately 20 miles to the campground entrance on the right. The road turns to gravel just after the half-way mark.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG CREEK CAMPGROUND
NORTH FORK RD
COLUMBIA FALLS  MT  59912

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)646-1012
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