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Camping at Lake Alva Campground

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Location and Access

Lake Alva Campground is situated in the Lolo National Forest in the state of Montana, USA. Specifically, it is located near the town of Seeley Lake, which is approximately halfway between the cities of Missoula and Kalispell on Highway 83. Visitors can access the campground via a well-marked turnoff from the highway, following the signs directing to its location. The campground is typically open from May through September, though exact dates may change based on weather conditions.

Campground Features

Lake Alva Campground is set along the scenic shores of Lake Alva, offering campers a beautiful setting amidst the natural beauty of the pristine forest environment. The campground includes a number of sites suitable for tent camping, as well as a few that can accommodate RVs. However, it's important to note that there are no electrical hookups available.

Key features of the campground include:

  • Fire rings and picnic tables at each campsite
  • Vault toilets
  • Drinking water taps scattered throughout the facility
  • A boat launch for watercraft, emphasizing non-motorized boats or those with electric trolling motors
  • Swimming beach area

Recreational Opportunities

Visitors to Lake Alva Campground can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The lake itself offers excellent opportunities for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. There are also numerous hiking trails in the area, ranging from easy to challenging, which allow hikers to traverse the dense forest and enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

The area is popular for:

  • Water sports
  • Fishing (trout is a common catch in Lake Alva)
  • Bird watching, with the chance to see bald eagles and osprey
  • Wildlife viewing, with deer and other native wildlife often present
  • Mountain biking on designated trails
  • Hiking, including available trails like the Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

Reservation and Fees

Campsite reservations can be made in advance through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) for some of the campsites, while others are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is advisable to book early, especially for peak season stays.

A nightly fee is charged for campsite usage and can vary; visitors should check the most current fees and make reservations through the official NRRS website or by calling their reservation hotline.

Rules and Regulations

  • Bear Safety: Lake Alva Campground is located in an area with an active bear population. Campers are required to store food and scented items securely and to dispose of trash in bear-proof containers.
  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on leashes.
  • Quiet Hours: The campground enforces quiet hours, usually from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  • Campfire Restrictions: At times, campfire restrictions may be in place due to dry conditions and wildfire danger; visitors should check current conditions and regulations.

Contact Information and Resources

For the most current information on Lake Alva Campground, visitors should contact the Lolo National Forest offices or check the USDA Forest Service website for updates on seasonal changes, fire conditions, and potential area closures. It's also a good practice to check local weather forecasts before setting out on a camping trip to be prepared for varying conditions.

By staying informed about the regulations and amenities at Lake Alva Campground, campers can ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience in Lolo National Forest.

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