Apgar is already open and Glacier Park will be opening up more campgrounds over the next few weeks . . .
The campgrounds of Glacier National Park are set to begin opening for the summer season in the upcoming weeks, with Apgar Campground, located on the west side of the park, already open.
The Apgar Campground is the largest campground in the park and hosts almost 200 sites for tents and RV campers. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water. All Apgar Campground sites are first-come first-serve, with a summer overnight fee of $20.
Most campgrounds in Glacier are on a first-come first-serve basis. Reservations are available at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds beginning June 1, and may be made up to six months in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at http://www.recreation.gov/ or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Campers without prior reservations are also welcome at these campgrounds, as space is available.
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All the Flathead National Forest campgrounds should open this month.
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Flathead National Forest (FNF) campgrounds start opening in early May and all campgrounds, weather permitting, are scheduled to be open for your enjoyment by the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Holland Lake, Swan Lake and Tally Lake Campgrounds will open to the public Friday, May 9, 2014. Big Creek Campground is scheduled to open May 15. Emery Bay, Murray Bay, Doris Creek, Lost Johnny, Devil Creek, Lid Creek and Riverside Campgrounds and associated boat launches are all scheduled to open Friday, May 23. All openings are dependent on weather conditions.
These campgrounds and recreation areas are operated by the forest concessionaire Barta Enterprises Inc., known locally as Flathead Valley Campgrounds. There are a few changes this year that recreationists will want to be aware of. Campground fees will be charged per camping unit such as an RV, a vehicle with tent, a camper or a trailer. A five dollar fee will be charged for each additional vehicle. Starting July 1, 2014, there will be a five dollar fee at the Holland Lake Day Use Area consistent with day use fees across the forest. The day use area at the Swan Lake Campground can no longer be reserved and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The Spotted Bear Campground is operated by the Forest Service and will open for primitive camping starting May 15 if road conditions permit access. Water and services will be available May 23. In addition to campgrounds, boat launches and day-use areas, the forest also has 14 rental cabins. To rent a cabin or to reserve select campground sites please go to http://www.recreation.gov.
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I’m not sure why Montana FWP is sponsoring a presentation on hiking in Glacier National Park, but here’s the press release . . .
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will offer a free one-hour program on the top 10 hikes in Glacier National Park on Feb. 27 at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West.
Glacier National Park Interpretive Ranger Lynne Dixon will lead the program. Dixon will discuss the park’s reservation system that helps one guarantee a place in the backcountry and offer detailed descriptions of each hike. Details will be offered on how to best plan for family friendly overnight trips and for week-long strenuous adventures. For more information call 444-9944.