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Attention: Camp sites in Swan Lake Campground have been re-numbered. Site numbers in the Ponderosa Loop have all changed. Please look at the map prior to reserving your camp site. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Flathead Valley Campgrounds at 406-309-2018


part ofFlathead National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


This recreation area is located near the village of Swan Lake at the north end of the scenic Swan Valley in northwest Montana.

The campground consists of two loops. Ponderosa Loop offers open, large sites with plenty of space, while sites at Birch Loop are shaded and more clustered together.

There is both a reservable group camp and a group picnic area; each can accommodate up to 100 people.

Natural Features:

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout, with numerous lakes, streams and rivers to enjoy, the forest is the premiere destination for visitors looking to experience natural landscapes of the American West.

Swan Lake is surrounded by dense conifer forest and the craggy, snow-covered peaks of the Swan Mountain Range.


Campers and day-use visitors have access to a boat ramp and a beach. Both power and non-motorized boating is permitted.

Anglers can fish for several kinds of trout as well as kokanee salmon and northern pike. Bike lanes wind throughout the campground.


The campground has 38 family-sized campsites and large group site with paved parking areas, fire rings and picnic tables. Drinking water and vault toilets are available.

Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nearby Attractions:

Glacier National Park is within an hour drive. About a mile from the campground is the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge, with a wildlife and bird observation area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Dock
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • There are 15 first-come, first-served sites available at the campground; if a site is not available for reservation online, it is for first-come, first-served use only
  • Individual campsites can accommodate a second camper unit (motor home, trailer, pick-up camper or family tent)
  • Visitors wishing to double occupy a site will be charged a $15/night fee at the campground
  • Guests with individual site reservations who want to move to a different site other than the one they reserved will be charged for both sites
  • Horses are not allowed in the campground
  • Sites 6,8 and 14 are not recommended for tent camping
  • Grizzly and black bears frequent the area so all food, beverages, and coolers must be stored inside vehicle or in approved bear-resistant containers
  • Garbage must be placed in bear-proof containers located throughout the campground
  • Click here for more information about 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):
47.93639, -113.85056
47°56'11"N, 113°51'2"W

From Bigfork, Montana, take State Route 209 east for 4.9 miles to Swan Lake/State Route 83. Turn right and go 10.9 miles to the campground sign. Turn left at the sign into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIGFORK  MT  59911

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)646-1012
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