Swan Lake Campground


This recreation area is located near the village of Swan Lake at the north end of the scenic Swan Valley in northwest Montana, about 17 miles southeast of Big Fork. The campground consists of two loops. Ponderosa Loop offers open, large sites with plenty of space, while sites at Birch Loop are shaded and more clustered together. There is also a reservable group site which accommodates up to 100 people.

Natural Features:

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout, with numerous lakes, streams and rivers to enjoy, the forest is the premiere destination for visitors looking to experience natural landscapes of the American West. Swan Lake is surrounded by dense conifer forest and the craggy, snow-covered peaks of the Swan Mountain Range.


Campers and day-use visitors have access to a boat ramp and a beach. Both power and non-motorized boating is permitted. This campground also offers kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals. Anglers can fish for several kinds of trout as well as Kokanee salmon and Northern Pike. Bike lanes wind throughout the campground. Kayak and paddle board rentals are available for $20/hour, $40/half day or 4 hrs., or $60/full day or 8 hrs.


The campground has 38 family-sized campsites and large group site with paved parking areas, fire rings and picnic tables. Drinking water and vault toilets are available. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Firewood is generally available to purchase from the campground host.

Nearby Attractions:

Glacier National Park is within an hour drive. About a mile from the campground is the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge, with a wildlife and bird observation area.

Swan Lake Campground Map

Swan Lake Day Use Site Map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For condition information, call the Swan Lake Ranger District at (406) 837-7500.
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at www.recreation.gov.
Rentals & Guides: Kayak and paddle board rentals: $20.00/hour, $40.00/half day or 4 hrs., or $60.00/full day or 8 hrs.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Table of Campground Fees
Single Site Double Site Extra Vehicle Day Use (per vehicle)
 $20 $40 $5 $5
Visit recreation.gov for details on large group camp and day use site fees.
Open Season: Mid May - Late September
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: June, July, August
Busiest Season: July, August
Restrictions: 16 day stay limit. Food Storage required for human and stock food, garbage , and other attractants. Max trailer length is 50 feet.
Closest Towns: Swan Lake, MT; Bigfork, MT - 14 miles
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vaults
Passes:   "Annual Season Pass" for access to those day use facilities located on the Flathead National Forest which are under Big Sky Recreation management, will be available for purchase from any of the concession facilities. This annual pass will cost $50.00, and will be available for the calendar year in which it was purchased. Note: Two passes may be purchased for $80.00 to accommodate a second family vehicle, only if the second vehicle is present.   
Operated By: Big Sky Recreation Company

General Information

Directions: From Hwy 83, turn east near mile marker 72, just north of town. The campground is located across the highway from the lake.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

36 campsites, with Host. 50 foot maximum trailer length.

Group Camping

For detailed information on the group site at Swan Lake Campground, please go to  http://www.flatheadvalleycampgrounds.com/swan_lake.html