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Park campgrounds begin to open

Published On: May 05 2014 04:41:11 PM MDT
Updated On: May 05 2014 06:07:07 PM MDT
WEST GLACIER, Mont. -

The following is a press release from Glacier National Park:

Many of the Glacier National Park’s campgrounds will be opening for the summer season in upcoming weeks. Currently, Apgar Campground, located on the west side of the park, is open with services available.   

The Apgar Campground is the largest campground in the park and hosts almost 200 camping sites for tents and RV campers.  Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water.  All Apgar Campground sites are first-come first-serve, with a summer overnight fee of $20.    

Most campgrounds in Glacier are on a first-come first-serve basis.   Reservations are available at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds beginning June 1, and may be made up to six months in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at http://www.recreation.gov/  or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  Campers without prior reservations are also welcome at these campgrounds, as space is available. 

Water is available at most campgrounds, but there are no electrical or water hookups at any campground in the park.  Dump and water fill stations are available at most campgrounds.  Water is not available when a campground is in primitive status.  Many campgrounds can accommodate campers and trailers, with some size restrictions.  

Specific information about each campground, including a map of the sites, operating dates, available services, current and historic fill times, and more is available by visiting http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.    

Campgrounds in primitive status cost $10/night.  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.   

Hiker/bicyclist sites are available at Apgar, Avalanche, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, Sprague Creek, and Two Medicine Campgrounds for $5 per person per night, and at Fish Creek and St. Mary for $8 per person per night.   

Group sites are available by reservation for groups of 9 to 24 campers. These sites are located in the Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds.   These sites can be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at http://www.recreation.gov/ or by calling 1-877-444-6777.    Many Glacier and Two Medicine Campgrounds have one group site at each campground, and both are on a first-come first-serve basis.  

Campers are reminded to keep a clean camp and obey food storage regulations.  Animals are attracted to food and food odors. All food, garbage, and equipment used to cook, serve or store food must be kept sealed in a vehicle or in an approved bear-resistant container.  For more information about food storage regulations, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm or contact the park at 406-888-7800. 

The park’s campground opening and closing dates are as follows:

 

Glacier National Park Campground

Operating Dates

 (Through night of dates listed)

Nightly Fees

Primitive Camping Operating Dates    

(No water available)

ApgarMay 2 – October 12$20Primitive camping in picnic area October 13-31, and April 1-May 1: $10 per night, November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass
AvalancheJune 20 –September 7$20Closed for season Noon September 8
Bowman LakeMay 22 – September  14$15Primitive camping September 15- October  31 (weather dependent) $10 per night,  November 1 through closure: Free with valid entrance pass
Cut BankJune 6 – September  28$10Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 29
Fish CreekJune 1 – August 31$23National Recreation Reservation System   
Kintla LakeJune 13 - September 14$15Primitive camping September 15- October 31:(weather dependent) $10 per night, November 1 through  closure: Free with valid entrance pass
Logging CreekJuly 1 – September  21$10Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 22
Many GlacierMay 23 – September 28$20Primitive camping September 29 – October 31 (weather dependent ) $10 per night
Quartz CreekJuly 1 – October 30$10Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon October 31
Rising SunJune 20 – September 14$20N/A
Sprague CreekMay 9 – September 14$20N/A
St. MaryMay 23 – September 21$20/23

May 23- 31, and September 2-21 $20 per night

June 1-September 1: National Recreation Reservation System $23 per night

Primitive camping April 1- May 22 and September 22-October 31: $10 per night

November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass

Two MedicineMay 23 – September 28$20Primitive camping September 29 - October 31 (weather dependent) $10 per night