You’ve still got plenty of time left this year to pack your camper or tent and hit the road for a few days of peace and quiet. The west side of Montana has some beautiful places to set up camp, and each of these spots sees travelers arrive well into autumn.
1. Finley Point State Park
You’ll find Finley Point State Park on the south side of Flathead Lake. It’s nestled in a secluded Ponderosa pine forest, so you’ll feel like you’re far from civilization. There are 16 RV campsites, two primitive walk-in campsites and plenty of places to pitch a tent. The campground also has a marina with boat slips available, vault toilets, a day use picnic area and drinking water.! Much of the park has handicapped access as well.
2. Thompson Falls State Park
If camping on the Clark Fork River sounds like your idea of a good time, the shaded, quiet campground at Thompson Falls State Park might be right for you. It’s a beautiful place to go for a walk, fish, bird watch or just relax under the stars. A small boat launch is provided inside the park, with a full-sized launch only 0.5 miles away.
3. Angler’s Roost
Angler’s Roost is located on the Bitterroot River in Hamilton. There are campsites with fire pits right on the river, a remote, wooded area for tents and plenty of RV sites with full hook-ups. The onsite laundry facility, showers, boat launch and convenience store that sells everything you could need make it easy to extend your stay.
4. Lake Mary Ronan State Park
Prefer something a little off the beaten path? Lake Mary Ronan State Park is just seven miles from Flathead Lake, but it’s a quiet, peaceful area that’s shaded by Douglas fir and Western larch. A hiking trail leads you to the surrounding area which is full of wildflowers and wildlife.
5. Johnson’s of St. Mary
For those who prefer to do their camping in a cabin, this private campground offers them (both furnished and unfurnished). You’ll also find plenty of places to pitch your tent or park your RV. Johnson’s has quite a few amenities, and there’s even an onsite restaurant. Still, when the sun goes down, this is a quiet and relaxing place.