January 23, 2018

Camping at Apgar Campground, Glacier National Park

Neill family camping at Apgar campground, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog May 2015

Apgar Campground in Glacier National Park is the largest campground in Glacier National Park. While the campground is on a first-come, first-serve basis, you can get a spot if you arrive early in the day as campers are leaving. 

Apgar Campground is in the trees, so you will have shade at all of the campsites. This is critical during the summer months so that you will stay cool, and we leave our dogs in the camper while we are hiking and they are not too warm. (Pets are allowed at the campground!) This makes it a colder place in all of the other seasons though because the sun doesn’t quite get through the trees enough.

Apgar is one of my favorites because of its proximity to me in Whitefish, and its location in the park with the amenities available. Wake up here, and you can walk a short distance over to Eddie’s for breakfast and coffee. Eddie’s also has ice cream all summer, as well as a small convenience store that sells snacks, gifts, and firewood. We took our second baby camping here at just 3 weeks old last summer.

The Apgar Campground has nice camping spots. All of the spots are pretty flat and provide a lot of room to run around (particularly important if you have kids!) and put a tent, and/or camper. You also are never too close to your neighbors.

The campground is also within walking distance of the Apgar Visitor Center – where you can catch the free Glacier shuttle bus or a Red Bus tour.

Apgar Campground is not located right on Lake McDonald, but rather right across the road from the lake. Loop A is your best option if you want to be closer to the lake, but all of the loops are an easy walk to the lake or to the amphitheater for the nightly ranger-led talks. The ranger programs are available all summer. Check the bulletin board in the campground on the small building to your left as you enter to find out the nightly topic. You will also receive a ranger-led activity schedule when you pay your entrance fee to enter Glacier National Park that will provide information on days and times.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, Boat Dock, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

This campground will fill every single night during the peak season of July – August. I generally say that this campground fills a little later than some of the others, around 5 p.m. daily, but of course the fill time varies by the day. Some days the campground will fill as early as 10 a.m. Be sure to check the campground status before you arrive to see if there are still spots available for that day.

The Apgar Campground has potable water during the summer season, as well as running (cold) water in the bathrooms and flush toilets. There are no showers available here. There are 194 sites available here, with a nightly fee during the summer months from May 1 until the beginning of October of $20.00 per night. There is primitive camping available in April and October where the fee is $10.00 a night and there is no potable water. Apgar also allows winter camping, but it is actually at the picnic area across the road on Lake McDonald during the winter months.

The exception to the no reservation rule here is that they do accept group reservations for the group campsites. The group sites here can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. Click here to book a group site.

Camping at Apgar Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

If you want to be on the west side of Glacier National Park, close to West Glacier, Apgar, Lake McDonald, and an easy drive to Avalanche Lake, Logan Pass, or the North Fork; Apgar Campground is a great option for you!

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country!

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog


Watching the deer across the road from the  Apgar Campground near Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Watching the deer across the road from the Apgar Campground, near Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana

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