First camping trip to Glacier National Park
My husband and I booked online at Fish Creek Campgrounds for July 11-14th and we absolutely loved our time at this location! Lake McDonald was a bit too cold to swim in (at least to our liking though there were a few brave kids splashing around). Though we were car camping, we neglected to bring our inflatable boat, which was a huge error! One: it would have made for an awesome adventure paddling around the very beautiful Lake McDonald shore line (more on the later); and two: there are plenty of places to float around basking in the sun! We took a mini vacation within a our vacation to Hungry Horse, Columbia Falls and Kalispell (primarily in search of WIFI - found in a McDonalds parking lot). I didn't find anything lovely about Kalispell, but the there is a lovely little coffee shop in Columbia Falls called Montana Coffee Traders (also with WIFI) that I recommend if you need an espresso fix. From there, we looked into Lion Lake which in just outside Hungry Horse for a more swim-able lake. This spot is worth the drive! Still cold, but with a floating device, it would be prefect to hangout for an afternoon. Along highway 2 towards Hungry Horse we also noticed a spot along the river where people were floating along on air mattresses. The water was so calm they seemed almost stationary so no need to be picked up by a second car for that river float. Definitely stopping there again.
Because we are from Canada and were limited in what food we could bring, we opted to buy are food supplies in West Glacier. Arguably more expensive but that is expected of a resort town, but super convenient. You do have to leave the park, but the park pass is good for 7 days so it is an easy trip to zip in to restock firewood or get more chocolate for s'mores!!
I think there were was only one shower in this campground which wasn't too bad to walk to. We were really close to the bathrooms and grey water dump which was great and there were water facets like every third site which was amazing! This campground was also super quite. My biggest pet peeve is people cranking obnoxious music while setting up their site, subjecting everyone to their music preferences while filling the air with noise I just drove 5 hours to escape from. It made for an amazingly relaxing and peaceful vacation. Despite not having a floatable anything or our bikes we enjoyed the hikes around Lake McDonald and wandering around Apgar Village with ice cream. We did a short "hike" along McDonald Lake called Rocky Pointe Trail Loop which lead us to a very pretty rock cliff looking down on the teal coloured water. The park staff were super friendly also, though nature talks at the Amphitheatre are not my thing, it was nice to be invited! Haha!
- bring float devices of any kind and get in the water!
- bring bikes, gotta have your bike!
- if you are accustomed to driving any where near the speed maximums do not drive the Logan Pass route. For some reason everyone drives half the posted speed limits even into Kalispell. Take highway 2 East to get home in decent time.
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