Tally Lake Campground


Campsite at the Tally Lake Campground


Tally Lake Campground is located on the northern shores of its namesake lake, west of Whitefish, Montana. The campground is popular with locals and tourists visiting the Flathead National Forest and offers a variety of recreation facilities and activities for the whole family.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled in the highlands of northwestern Montana, adjacent to Tally Lake, the second deepest Lake in Montana 445 feet deep. It sits in a mature forest of Western Larch and Douglas fir trees.


Hiking, horseback riding and biking trails wind around the Tally Lake Campground and the lake. Wildlife like waterfowl, bald eagles and migratory birds are commonly spotted. A dock provides access to the lake's best fishing, which includes kokanee salmon, a variety of trout and northern pike. Visitors also enjoy boating, water skiing and other water recreation on the 1,326 acres of Tally Lake.


The campground offers dozens of campsites for tent and RV camping. It provides access to a boat ramp, an open air pavilion, beaches and picnic areas. Campsites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. An on-site host is available to answer questions and provide additional information. The campground has 40 campsites, boat launch, open air pavilion, beach area, picnic site, water and hosts on site during the summer months. The Tally Lake Pavilion is a beautiful timber frame open air pavilion. The site has parking for 50 vehicles, a double vault toilet, picnic tables, fire grill, group fire ring, horse pit, volleyball court, and nature trail. The pavilion is centrally located within the Tally Lake Campground. There are several trails nearby and two trails within the campground. One group site (site 39) and the pavilion can be reserved through the national recreation website. Firewood is generally for sale by the host.

Nearby Attractions:

The popular Whitefish Lake is about 20 miles from the campground. Visitors to the area also enjoy the Forest Service Summit Nature Center at Whitefish Mountain Resort, located about 25 miles away and accessed by the resort chairlift or the Danny On hiking trail.

Tally Lake Campground Map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closes 9/28/2020 (open for primitive camping)
See conditions, fee, and location information: Flathead Valley Campgrounds (offsite link)
Operational Hours: Quiet 10PM - 6 AM
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 Recreation.gov.
Rentals & Guides: Kayak and paddle board rentals: $10.00/hour, $25.00/half day or 4 hrs., or $40.00/full day or 8 hrs.
Table of Campground Fees
Single Site Double Site Extra Vehicle Day Use
 $18 $36 $5 $5
Open Season: Mid May - October 1st
Usage: Light
Best Season: June, July, August
Busiest Season: July, August
Restrictions: See CG Restrictions
Closest Towns: Whitefish, MT
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Passes: "Annual Season Pass" for access to those day use facilities located on the Flathead National Forest which are under Flathead Valley Campground (FVC) management, will be available for purchase from any of the concession facilities. This annual pass will cost $35.00, and will be available for the calendar year in which it was purchased. Note: Two passes may be purchased for $55.00 to accommodate a second family vehicle, only if the second vehicle is present. FVC will offer a 50 percent discount on all standard site fees and day use fees to holders of the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports, as well as holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes. Discounts will not be offered to holders of the Interagency Annual or Volunteer Pass. There will be no discount offered on group site reservations, boat rentals, dump fees, extra vehicle fees or firewood sales.
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information

Directions: From Whitefish take Hwy 93 west 10 miles, turn onto Farm-to-Market Rd go 1.5 miles, turn onto the Star Meadow Road go 9 miles, turn onto FS Rd #913 go approximately 3.25 miles. Look for the campground entrance sign.

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For detailed information on the group site and pavilion at Tally Lake Campground, please go to  http://www.flatheadvalleycampgrounds.com/tallylake.html


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