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Yellow Bay

Come to the heart of the famous Montana sweet cherry orchards, where blossoms color the hillsides during the spring. Located on the east shore of Flathead Lake you can camp, swim, boat, fish and bird watch.

About the Park

Yellow Bay at Flathead Lake State Park is in the heart of the famous Montana sweet cherry orchards.

In the summer, cherries can be purchased at nearby roadside stands or U-Pick orchards.

The park includes Yellow Bay Creek and a wide, gravelly beach. Among its attractions are boating, lake trout fishing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, camping, and scuba diving.

There are 5 tent campsites that are first-come, first-serve only.

A tribal fishing license is required at this park.

Park size: 15 acres. Elevation: 2,907 feet. 

Activities

  • Bird Watching

  • Boating

  • Canoeing

  • Fishing

  • Kayaking

  • Lake Fishing

  • Photography

  • Picnicking

  • Swimming

  • Tent Camping

  • Water Skiing

  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • ADA Accessible

  • Boat Launch

  • Grills/Fire Rings

  • Parking

  • Pets Allowed

  • Picnic Shelter

  • Public Restroom

  • Toilets (Flush)

  • Toilets (Vault)

  • Trash Removal

  • Water

Seasons & Hours

Park
Open all year

Campground
Open (Tent camping only; first come, first served)

Water
Available mid-May through Labor Day

Flush Toilets
Open mid-May through Labor Day

Dock
Normally, available mid-March through November, weather permitting. For status please visit our Facebook page or call Flathead Lake State Park Ranger Station, 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 at Yellow Bay.

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:
Yellow Bay / Flathead Lake State Park
Flathead Lake Ranger Station
8600 MT Hwy 35
Bigfork, MT 59911

Phone: 

May-September: 406-250-3796

Year-round phone: 406-837-3041


Email: yellowbay@mt.gov

 

Reservation Phone Number: 1-855-922-6768

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

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Flathead Lake State Park - Yellow Bay

Address

23861 Mt HWY 35
Bigfork, MT 59911
Latitude/Longitude:
(47.87643 / -114.02854)

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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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