Glacier National Park Campground Status Transitions

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Date: August 30, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Campgrounds at Glacier National Park begin transitioning to primitive status in early September. When campgrounds are in primitive status NO water is provided. Any water taken from streams or lakes requires treatment before use. Primitive and winter front-country campgrounds include pit toilets, no running water and only a limited number of sites.

Winter camping is available at St. Mary and in the Apgar picnic area from December 1 through the night of March 31. There is no fee for winter camping; however, a valid entrance pass is required.



Primitive Camping ($10/night) Operating Dates* (No water available)


Primitive camping October 11 - November 30 (Picnic Area)

Winter camping December 1 - March 31 (Picnic Area)


Campground closes September 6

Bowman Lake

Primitive camping September 13 (weather dependent)

Cut Bank

Campground closes September 6

Fish Creek (Reservations)

Campground closes September 6

Kintla Lake

Primitive camping September 13 (weather dependent)

Logging Creek

Campground closes September 28

Many Glacier

Primitive camping September 20 - October 31 (weather dependent )

Quartz Creek

Operated in primitive status all season (End of season date weather dependent)

Rising Sun

Campground closes September 13

Sprague Creek

Campground closes September 13

St. Mary (Reservations)

Reservations end September 6

St. Mary

First come, first serve September 6 - 19*

Primitive camping September 19 - Nov. 30

Winter camping December 1 - March 31

Two Medicine

Primitive camping September 20 - October 31 (weather dependent)

**St. Mary campground operates as a first come, first served campground with no reservations during the dates listed in the chart. It is the same campground as the St. Mary reservation campground.

*Fish Creek and St. Mary campground sites, and four group sites at Apgar campground, may be reserved for camping through September 1 via the National Recreation Reservation Service website at or by calling toll free 877-444-6777. Campers without prior reservations are also welcome at these campgrounds, as space is available, for $23/night.

All campgrounds in primitive status cost $10/night. Campground information and status, including current and historic fill times can be found on Glacier's Web site (

To allow accelerated fall season rehabilitation road construction, vehicle traffic will be restricted on Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) between the Avalanche picnic area and Logan Pass beginning September 20. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will only be available from the east side of the park. The free GTSR shuttle service runs through September 6.

For additional park information, please visit Glacier National Park's web site ( or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

- NPS –

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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