West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Montana

The crystal-clear waters of Flathead Lake reflect rocky mountains and rich green forests at West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park. This is one of six state parks that line this massive lake in northwest Montana. Thanks to its location near Highway 93, it makes the perfect base camp for trips to Missoula, which lies 100 miles south. Kalispell, the gateway town to Glacier National Park, sits just 20 miles north. With its rocky shoreline and breathtaking mountain vistas, this park delivers exceptionally beautiful boating and fishing.

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Weather
Spring 30-60 F
Summer 50-79 F
Fall 30-65 F
Winter 25-35 F
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Nearby Cities
Kalispell, MT
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RV Resorts & Campsites in West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park

With its waterfront location and 3,130-foot elevation, West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park often experiences cold evenings and rapidly changing weather conditions. If you visit in your RV, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready for a day of adventure. Don’t own your own RV? No problem — RVshare makes it easy to choose an RV rental that meets your needs.

West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park Campground

Walk to all of the activities at the park from your site at the West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park campground. There are only 31 sites in the park, so make sure to book in advance. Seven of the sites are tents-only, and the remaining options are open to both tents and RVs. Any RV up to 40 feet is welcome. Inside the campground, enjoy picnic tables, fire rings and grills. Vault toilets are available, and you’ll find firewood for sale near the park office. Feel free to bring your pet as long as it’s leashed at all times. The West Shore campground closes for the winter and opens in May for camping. Campsites without electricity start at $18 for residents and non-residents with a Park Pass and $28 for non-residents without a Park Pass. For sites with electricity, the rates are $24 and $34.

Rollins RV Park

Located right on the shore of Flathead Lake, Rollins RV Park is a beautiful spot to park your RV. It features 43 sites with full hookups, many shaded by mature trees. With the park’s free Wi-Fi service, you can stream movies or keep up with the news right from your site. Keep in mind that each site is back-in only. If you don't feel like cooking, the RV park also has a restaurant on-site. Rates start at $59 per night and $365 per week.

Lake Mary Ronan Lodge Campground

Located in the hills about 8 miles from Flathead Lake, Lake Mary Ronan Lodge Campground is known for its forested campsites and lake access. Walk down to the shore and fish for trout, salmon and bass, or rent a boat and spend the day on the water. From camp, you can also access hiking and mountain-biking trails. All of the park’s Class A RV sites come with full hookups and stunning patios. Rates start at $75 per night and $430 per week.

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Inside West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park

West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park is all about the water. Your campsite sits close to the shore, so you don’t have to go far for excellent swimming and fishing. The park features a boat launch; bring your own, or rent a pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on-site from mid-June to Labor Day. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the remarkable mountain and water views. Elsewhere in the park, you can hike along the shore, enjoy a picnic and watch for birds.

Outside West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park

West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park might be small, but its fantastic location means that you’ll never run out of things to do. If you prefer to stay along the water, there are five other parks to explore in the Flathead Lake State Park network. The dramatic wilds of Montana lie less than two hours in any direction, providing an endless stream of adventure every month of the year.

Restaurants

Tamarack Brewing Company

Just a few minutes north of the park, Tamarack Brewing Company offers a beautiful high-ceilinged dining area. The menu features traditional pub options, including burgers and pizza. Ask for a table on the patio to dine with a view of the creek.

Type: Brew pub

Location: 105 Blacktail Rd Suite #1, Lakeside, MT 59922

The Farmhouse Restaurant

The Farmhouse Restaurant takes local ingredients and transforms them into comfort-food dishes like pot pie, hot sandwiches, and fresh salads. This spot is open for breakfast and lunch.

Type: American

Location: 306 Stoner Loop, Lakeside, MT 59922

Stageline Pizza

Perfect for dine-in and carry-out meals, Stageline Pizza is a casual eatery that serves pizza, wings, and salads. Create your own or choose from one of the specialty or gourmet options.

Type: Pizza

Location: 7220 U.S. 93 S, Lakeside, MT 59922

Harbor Grille

Take in the views of the water while you dine at the Harbor Grille. This laid-back restaurant is known for its frequent live music and family-friendly menu. On warm days, grab a table on the large outdoor patio.

Type: American

Location: 7135 US-93, Lakeside, MT 59922

Cowboy Up Country Cookin’

Located 11 miles north of the park, Cowboy Up Country Cookin’ delivers big portions of indulgent meals like pork ribs and chicken-fried steak. No meal here is complete without a few of the sides; the macaroni salad and deep-fried okra are two standouts.

Type: American

Location: 651 Somers Rd, Somers, MT 59932

Shopping

Eva Gates Homemade Preserves

Pick up some fresh jams and jellies for your camping trip at Eva Gates Homemade Preserves. This family-owned store is also a great place to shop for delicious gifts and souvenirs.

Location: 456 Electric Ave, Bigfork, MT 59911

Kehoe's Agate Shop

Located in a colorful cabin, Kehoe's Agate Shop is a tiny store packed with a huge range of stunning stones and home decor.

Location: 1020 Holt Dr, Bigfork, MT 59911

The Montana Scene

Need an extra layer for the cold Flathead Lake evenings? The Montana Scene has you covered. Here, you’ll find a selection of fun clothing for the whole family.

Location: 475 Electric Ave, Bigfork, MT 59911

Electric Avenue Gifts

Pick up a coffee and spend an hour browsing Electric Avenue Gifts, which has a whimsical selection of gifts, Christmas ornaments, and home decor.

Location: 490 Electric Ave # A, Bigfork, MT 59911

Bigfork Anglers Fly Shop

Buy all of your fishing supplies and get a few local tips at Bigfork Anglers Fly Shop. If you’re serious about bringing home a big catch, this company also offers guided fishing trips into the wilderness.

Location: 405 Bridge St, Bigfork, MT 59911

Sightseeing

Flathead Lake State Park

Explore the other five divisions of Flathead Lake State Park: Big Arm, Finley Point, Yellow Bay, Wild Horse Island, and Wayfarers. Each park offers something new to discover. Yellow Bay offers cherry orchards, Wayfarers has the best sunsets and Wild Horse Island is home to a small herd of wild horses. At Finley point, you’ll find silence and seclusion, while Big Arm offers a large beach that’s ideal for family swimming.

Location: Flathead County, Montana

Glacier National Park

Located 55 miles from West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park, Glacier National Park offers some of the grandest scenery and challenging hikes in the area. Enjoy the views on the legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the views at Lake McDonald and hike to the lovely Avalanche Lake.

Location: West Glacier, Montana

Fly-Fish the Swan River

Fish for rainbow trout and cutthroat trout on the Swan River. There are plenty of access points to the upper section, which starts from the northeast corner of Flathead Lake near Bigfork. If you’re coming in the spring, head to the Electric Avenue Bridge and watch the kayakers shoot the rapids.

Location: Bigfork, Montana

Boat Tour of Flathead Lake

During the warmer months, a variety of tour companies offer excursions on Flathead Lake. The Shadow Cruiser offers dinner, brunch, and sunset tours, while WildHorse Island Boat Trips takes guests on cruise-and-hike visits to the island.

Location: Flathead County, Montana

Whitefish Mountain Resort

No matter what time of year you’re visiting West Shore, a trip to Whitefish Mountain Resort is well worth the 44-mile drive. In the winter, ski and snowboard; during the summer months, enjoy hiking, zip-lining, and fantastic mountain biking.

Location: Whitefish, Montana

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How to Get to
West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park

If you’re coming from Kalispell in the north, take Highway 93 south to West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park. From Missoula in the south, take Highway 93 north.

Entering West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park

Most services at West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park close down in the winter, usually reopening in May for the summer season.

Per vehicle, non-Montana resident : $8

Per vehicle, Montana resident : $0

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