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part ofGlacier National Park, National Park Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 31 2015   Season Dates


Fish Creek Campground is the second largest campground in Glacier National Park, and one of two 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.

Natural Features:

Fish Creek is heavily forested with plenty of shade. Several 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.


This facility is conveniently located in the western part of the park, nearby many day hikes, including Rock 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.


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.

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Table
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Campers arriving after 8 p.m. will find their campsite assignment posted on the kiosk at the campground entrance; campers must confirm their registration by 8 a.m. the next morning
  • 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 feet or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors) are prohibited between the Sun Point parking area and Avalanche Campground
  • Park entrance fee is separate from camping fee; $25 per vehicle, $12 for hiker or cyclist; valid for seven days
  • No group camping in Fish Creek. Parties of nine or more may make reservations for the Apgar Campground Group Sites or at the St. Mary Campground.
  • Campground length of stay is limited to 14 days.
  • Generator hours for Fish Creek Campground: 8 a.m.-10 a.m., 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. There are no generators allowed in Loop C

It is the campers responsibility to be aware of all rules and regulations upon entry to the campgrounds.
Glacier National Park Campground Rules and Regulations

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.54778, -113.98528
48°32'52"N, 113°59'7"W

Fish Creek is located four miles northwest of the west park entrance near West Glacier, Montana. Access is from U.S. Highway 2, approximately 32 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Glacier National Park P.O. Box 128
West Glacier  MT  59936

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)888-7800
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