Lakeside Campground

Area Status: Closed

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. It is 15 miles to the Mission Mountain Wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open May 27, 2022.

Reservations Required for sites 2-6 through Memorial Day - Labor Day
Reservations: Reservations Required through Memorial Day to Labor Day
Rentals & Guides: Boat, canoe and bike rentals available in the town of Seeley Lake.
Fees: Five standard family sites (max 10 people) at $10 per night are available at this campground on a first-come first-served basis. $5 fee for each additional vehicle after two vehicles. Fees are charged from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Group Sites: $50 per night. Camping reservations accepted for small groups. Visit to reserve group site.
Open Season: May - October 1
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Food storage orders are in place. Please see our Bear Safety and Food Storage Information for important information about food storage to protect you and the bears from unwanted encounters.   All boats on Lake Alva must operate at a “no-wake” speed year-round.    
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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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 Sites 5
Reservation Info Individual 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 Sites 1
Reservation Info To make reservations, visit
No. of Accessible sites The 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

Lake and Pond Fishing

This is a popular spot for fishing from a boat as well as from the shore.
Fish Species kokanee, largescale sucker, longnose sucker, mountain whitefish, northern pike, westslope cutthroat trout, yellow perch, sucker
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Boating - Motorized

Boat ramp at Lake Alva Campground.
Launch Ramps no
Trailer Parking yes
Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Non-Motorized

Non-motorized boating is a great way to view wildlife and appreciate the landscape in the area. Motorized boating is permitted on this lake, so most non-motorized boats find areas away from high traffic watercraft use. Early mornings are also a good time for non-motorized craft.
Type of Craft canoe, kayak, row boats


A great way to spend a hot day. No developed swimming areas.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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