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part ofLolo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 25 2015   Season Dates


Lakeside Campground is located at the south end of Lake Alva, in Montana's Lolo National Forest. The campground offers a chance to camp and enjoy recreational activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. The beautiful Mission Mountain Wilderness Area is 15 miles away.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated at the south end of Lake Alva, and offers shade and lake access. At an elevation of approximately 4,100 feet, temperatures are relatively cool on summer days.

The lake is home to a loon population, and has protected nesting areas during May and June. The birds' mesmerizing calls can often be heard in the campground.


Lake Alva is in a great spot for boating and fishing. Anglers will find a variety of freshwater fish, including Kokanee salmon, suckers, whitefish, pike, trout and perch, among other species.

A boat ramp is available at nearby Lake Alva Campground and while motorized boating is allowed, many non-motorized boaters find solace during early morning hours on the lake. Swimming is also a popular activity.


One large, accessible group campsite is available for reservations at Lakeside Campground. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The group site can accommodate up to 25 people and up to four RVs and six vehicles.

The site is equipped with tables and a campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided, but there is no drinking water available at the campground. Trash collection is not available. Lakeside Group is located on Lake Alva. Lake Alva is a NO-WAKE lake.

Nearby Attractions:

Seeley Lake is about 10 miles south of the campground, with boating, water skiing and fishing opportunities. The town of Seeley Lake lies on the southeastern tip of the lake. A variety of services are offered there, including boat, canoe, kayak and row boat rentals.

The Mission Mountain Wilderness Area is about 15 miles northwest of the campground. The area is popular for its scenic views and abundant wildlife. Active glaciers, alpine lakes, meadows and clear, icy streams, along with vertical cliffs and jagged peaks, make up the area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Tables
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Berry Picking
  • Boat Rentals
  • Dump Station
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers to store food and garbage
  • Drinking water is not available; please bring your own supply
  • Access to the campground in the early spring and late fall is limited, as the roads are not plowed
  • Click here for more information on the Lolo 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.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.31936, -113.57734
47°19'10"N, 113°34'38"W

From the junction of Montana Highways 200 and 83 (locally referred to as Clearwater Junction), travel north on Highway 83 for approximately 15 miles to the town of Seeley Lake. Continue north on Highway 83 for 9.9 miles. The campground the entrance is on the west side of the highway.

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Information:  (406)677-2233
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