Flathead National Forest
sweeping view of North Fork Flathead River as it passes through Apgar Mountains in fall color
Big Creek Campground


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Big Creek campground is a small but spacious hunk of land right along the outstanding North Fork of the Flathead rive just across a mountain from Glacier National Park. Sites are large but relatively open offering little privacy. The campground makes up for that by its top notch location on the Flathead river. Those interested in fishing and water based recreation will find Big Creek campground a joy to visit. However, there is a catch. The Big Creek area is also a day use fee area, requiring that anyone entering the boat ramp and parking lot area pay a $4 fee for that day. You have to pay this even if you want to scope out the campground. Big Creek is an excellent place to view bald eagles, osprey and otters. There is also an educational center across the road which offers field seminars on the Glacier National Park ecosystem You can call them at (406) 755-1211. Big Creek is located in the Hungry Horse district of the Flathead National Forest. We can safely say that this is an excellent location for those who enjoy big rivers and fishing. Much of the surrounding area was hit by fires and is still in a stage of recovery.

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Big Creek campground facts:

Video Tour available: No
Open: Varies based on snow, from May 9 to September 30, primitive camping
available all year
Sites: 22
Laundry: No
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Store: No(Columbia Falls, 20 miles south on route 486)
Fee: $13
RV: Aprons dirt, 50 feet
Handicapped Accessible: Yes(toilets)
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes(2 spigots)
Elevation: 3,321 feet
Fishing: Yes (North Fork of the Flathead)
Generator: Yes
Gas: No (Columbia Falls, 20 miles south on route 486, all year)
Repairs: No (Columbia Falls, 20 miles south on route 486 all year)

Image note: This shot was taken at Big Creek Campground and you are looking at the North Fork of the Flathead River. The mountains are the Apgar Mountains and you can see that much of the area is affected by fire. This can be said for much of the Flathead National Forest near the Glacier National Park border. Nevertheless, the area is still great for wildlife. You can see bald eagls, ospreyand otters at this particular location.



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