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West Shore

Come and enjoy beauty and serenity on Flathead Lake sheltered by a lush and mature fir, pine, and larch forest. Bring a picnic and enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and camping.

About the Park

West Shore offers glacially-carved rock outcrops that provide spectacular views of Flathead Lake and the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges. The shoreline is rocky, and fishing and boating are very popular.

Sea Me Paddle Kayaking Tours, concessionaire at Flathead Lake State Park-West Shore, offers rental equipment, including: stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and pedal boats. Open daily from June 15 through Labor Day; hours of operation may vary. Call 406-709-2124 or visit seamepaddle.com.

The campground is located above the lake in a fir, pine, and larch forest on 129 acres at 3,130 feet in elevation.

There are 33 campsites; 7 tent sites only at this park, with an RV/trailer size limit of 40 feet.

Activities

  • Bird Watching

  • Boating

  • Camping

  • Canoeing

  • Fishing

  • Hiking

  • Kayaking

  • Lake Fishing

  • Motor Boating

  • Photography

  • Picnicking

  • RV Camping

  • Sightseeing

  • Swimming

  • Tent Camping

  • Water Skiing

  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible

  • Bear Resistant Storage Lockers

  • Boat Launch

  • Campsite

  • Camp Host

  • Dock

  • Electricity

  • Firewood for Sale

  • Grills/Fire Rings

  • Parking

  • Pets Allowed

  • Picnic Tables

  • RV Electrical Hookups

  • Toilets (Vault)

  • Trash Cans

  • Water

Seasons & Hours

Park
Open

Campgrounds

Open

Potable water
May through September

Dock
For status updates please visit our Facebook page or call Flathead Lake State Park, 406-837-3041.


For waves & wind forecast, check NOAA Graphical Flathead Lake Forecast

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Flathead Lake State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Nonresidents

  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8

  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4

  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

Campsites

  • Campsite fees range from $4-$34 per night, depending on season and available amenities.

Visit Reserve America to check fees and reserve campsites for West Shore.

Alerts & Closures

Stage I Fire Restriction (Campfire Exemption): The following acts are prohibited until further notice: 1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless exemption listed below, 2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Exemption: Campfires will be allowed in established steel fire grates.

Limited Access: Access is currently limited due to crowding. Limited access is expected to continue with warm weather. You may experience long wait times to gain entry to these parks. Thank you for being patient and prepared for delays or closures.

 

Food Storage Rules: Store all attractants, day or night, in a closed, hard sided container or vehicle when not in immediate use. Tent campers without a vehicle may use available food lockers. Do not burn waste in fire ring or leave litter around camp-site. Dispose of garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters provided.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park
Flathead Lake Ranger Station
8600 MT Hwy 35
Bigfork, MT 59911

Phone: 

May - September: 406-844-3044
Year-round Phone: 406-837-3041

Email: agrout@mt.gov

 

Reservation Phone Number: 1-855-922-6768

Camping Reservation Website: https://montanastateparks.reserveamerica.com/

Take a Look Around

Enjoy this aerial tour of the West Shore Unit of Flathead Lake State Park

West Shore offers glacially-carved rock outcrops that provide spectacular views of Flathead Lake and the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges. The shoreline is rocky, and fishing and boating are very popular.

Flathead Lake State Park - West Shore

Address

17768 MT Hwy 93
Lakeside, MT 59922
Latitude/Longitude:
(47.949392 / -114.1884523)

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Meet The Park Manager

Amy Grout

Amy Grout began her career in Montana State Parks in 2004 as an intern at Lone Pine State Park, later becoming the Northwest District Park Ranger. She has a B.A. in Parks and Protected Area Management from Colorado State University at Fort Collins. Speaking about her love of the outdoors, Amy said, “Most of my childhood was spent outside of Anchorage, Alaska and so that is the one place I consider my hometown and where my love for the outdoors really began."

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