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Overview of Tally Lake Campground

Tally Lake Campground is located within the Flathead National Forest in Montana, which is known for its breathtaking landscapes and abundance of recreational opportunities. Tally Lake is among the deepest natural lakes in Montana and offers visitors a serene setting for numerous outdoor activities.

Location and Access

The campground is situated about 13 miles west of Whitefish, MT. Access to the campground can be typically gained along a paved road, making it relatively easy for vehicles of all sizes, including RVs and trailers, to reach the site. However, it’s always recommended to check the current road conditions before planning your trip, especially during the off-season when roads may be treacherous or closed due to snow.

Facilities and Amenities

Tally Lake Campground provides a range of basic amenities to ensure a comfortable camping experience:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilets
  • A designated swimming area
  • A boat ramp for access to the lake
  • A day-use area for picnicking

It's important to note that the campground usually does not offer electric hookups, dump stations, or showers, which is typical for national forest campgrounds that offer a more rustic camping experience.

Campsite Reservations and Fees

Some campsites at Tally Lake Campground may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others can be reserved in advance through a reservation system such as Recreation.gov. Reservation details and availability can change, so it’s best to check the latest information online. As for fees, camping fees are required and can vary based on the type of site and the season. Day-use areas may have separate fees.

Activities and Recreation

  • Boating and Fishing: Tally Lake provides excellent opportunities for boating (motorized and non-motorized) and fishing. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish, such as cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and northern pike.
  • Swimming: There’s a designated swimming area at the lake, but visitors should be aware that mountain lakes can be quite cold.
  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the surrounding area suitable for all levels of hikers.
  • Mountain Biking: The Whitefish Trail and other nearby trails offer superb mountain biking options.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Forest is home to a wide range of wildlife, including bears, so proper food storage and awareness of wildlife safety are essential.
  • Winter Sports: In the colder months, the area can be used for snow-based activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Seasonal Considerations

The camping season at Tally Lake Campground generally runs from late May to early September, which is the best time to visit for warm-weather activities. The campground may be accessible in the off-season, but facilities and services will be limited or unavailable.

Contact and Emergency Information

Before heading to Tally Lake Campground, visitors should check with the local ranger district for the latest conditions, regulations, and any alerts that might affect their trip. In cases of emergencies, it's crucial to know the nearest location for medical services and to have the contact information for local law enforcement and forest service offices.

It's always important to practice Leave No Trace principles and to be prepared for changing weather conditions when enjoying the great outdoors at the Tally Lake Campground.

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