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Camping at Whitefish Lake State Park

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Whitefish Lake State Park is located near the town of Whitefish, in the state of Montana. This is a popular destination for camping, boating, swimming, and fishing, offering tourists and locals alike a chance to appreciate the true beauty of the Montana outdoors. The park spans approximately 10 acres and is situated along the shoreline of Whitefish Lake, providing breathtaking views of the nearby mountains.

Camping Information

  • Campsites: Whitefish Lake State Park offers a range of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites, and boat camping. Some sites offer electricity while others are more primitive.

  • Reservations: It is recommendable to make reservations ahead of time, especially during peak tourist seasons, as the park can fill up quickly.

  • Amenities: Campers have access to flush toilets, showers, and a dump station. Each campsite usually features a picnic table and a fire ring or grill.

  • Fees: There are daily fees for camping, and these can vary depending on the type of site and amenities you choose.

  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.


  • Swimming: The lake offers a designated swimming area, but there are no lifeguards on duty, so swimming is at one's own risk.

  • Boating: There is a boat launch available for those who want to get out on the water. Boating is a popular activity on Whitefish Lake, and a variety of watercraft can be seen during the summer months.

  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in Whitefish Lake, where a variety of fish species are found, including lake trout and northern pike. A valid Montana fishing license is required.

  • Hiking: There are opportunities for hiking in the surrounding areas, offering various levels of difficulty and scenic views.

Wildlife and Safety

  • Wildlife: The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer, bears, and various bird species. Always store food and scented items in bear-proof containers.

  • Safety: It’s important to follow all safety guidelines provided by the park, especially those regarding wildlife and fire safety. Always extinguish fires completely before leaving your campsite unattended.

Access and Regulations

  • Accessibility: The park is typically accessible by road, with parking available for visitors. The nearby town of Whitefish provides additional amenities and services.

  • Regulations: There are regulations in place to ensure the park is enjoyed responsibly. These include quiet hours, rules on campfire use, and mandates for preserving the natural environment.

Weather and Seasonal Information

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to camp at Whitefish Lake State Park is during the summer months when the weather is warm. However, be prepared for cold temperatures at night, even in summer.

  • Seasonal Closures: Certain areas within the park might be closed seasonally due to weather conditions, so it’s advisable to check with the park directly or visit the park's website for the most current information.

For the most accurate and recent information on camping at Whitefish Lake State Park, visitors should check the Montana State Parks website or contact the park's management directly before planning their trip.

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