Lakeside Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located at the south end of Lake Alva, this campground offers a chance to camp and enjoy lake activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. There are also wildlife and bird watching opportunities here, and it is 15 miles to the Mission Mountain Wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Rentals & Guides: Boat, canoe and bike rentals available in the town of Seeley Lake.
Fees Fees are charged from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. 5 standard family sites at $14 per nite are available at this campground on a first-come first-served basis, additional vehicle $5.00.Group Site: $14.00 per night for up to 10 people and $28.00 per night for up to 25 people. Camping reservations accepted for small groups. Visit to reserve group sites.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Please see our Seeley Lake Area restrictions for important information about food storage to protect you and bears from unwanted encounters.
Closest Towns: Seeley Lake, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilet
Information Center: Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

General Information

Directions: From the town of Seeley Lake, travel 10 miles north on Montana highway 83. The campground is on the west side of the highway, at the north end of Lake Alva.
General Notes: A picnic table and fire ring is available at each campsite. This site is monitored by patrolling campground hosts, Forest Service personnel, and daily law enforcement patrols. Pack out your own trash.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

On the south end of Lake Alva, this campground offers shade and lake access. It's a great place to be on a hot summer day.
No. of Sites4
Reservation InfoIndividual sites are available on a first-come first-served basis.
No. of Accessible sites
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Camping

This is a good site for group gatherings. Lots of parking available. Separate from the individual campsites.

No. of Sites1
Reservation InfoTo make reservations, visit
No. of Accessible sitesThe unit includes 1 regular size handicap accessible picnic table and 1 group size (twice as big) handicap accessible picnic table, 1 fire ring & an accessible vault toilet adjacent to the parking areas.
Difficulty Level: Easy


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