Blue Bay Campground on Flathead Lake | Montana
South of Bigfork, along the east shore of Flathead Lake are Woods Bay, Yellow Bay and then Blue Bay. Blue Bay is on the Flathead Reservation.
The Blue Bay campground and day use area are owned and run by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The entrance and part of the day-use area are visible from the two-lane highway. Every time I’ve passed I’ve said that I should sometime stop and see what all is there.
The morning started at 42F with a forecast for mid-70’s…That's my idea - and faithful dog Karl's - of “warm enough to spend the afternoon in the cool house,” but cool enough for a morning jaunt to the beach. We headed to Blue Bay early morning while it was cool.
Beautiful! The camping area is no frills. There are a number of spots to “park” or pitch a tent along the lake. A few places with electric are located on a bluff slightly above. Grass, trees, the lake views and absolute cleanliness of the spots made it appealing despite the fact that the campground was nearly full.
After driving around the camping area, I parked and got Karl out for a bit of exploring of the day use area which includes a beautiful swimming area, boat launch and small marina.
Thanks to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for this nice amenity!
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Bigfork south to Blue Bay viaMT-35 E (approx. 25 minute drive)
Polson north to Blue Bay (approx. 21 minute drive): Turn right onto US-93 S/2nd Ave E, Use the left two lanes to turn left onto US-34 W/S Shore Rd
- Boat slips and marina
- Full, partial & primitive hookup RV
- Tent camping- $20 basic camping/ $35 full service camping
- Picnic area/Day use area $10/day
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO- Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Inspection Station *Check website for seasonal hours
406 6th Ave East, Polson
Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 5 pm. Appointments can be made by calling (406) 675-2700 ext. 7200 to arrange a watercraft inspection appointment.
Number of Camp Sites
$10-$30/ night *visit website for fees