Camping at the Two Medicine Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana
Two Medicine is a spot in Glacier National Park that I think can get overlooked. I think that because I have overlooked it for most of my life. I thought of it as a place with a pretty lake you go to take pictures. Turns out, it is so much more. The Two Medicine Campground is one of the reasons this is such a special place.
The campground is found just north of Two Medicine Lake, located mostly on a small, beautiful lake called Pray Lake. You drive almost all of the way to Two Medicine Lake, and turn right at the campground sign just before you reach the lake.
Loops B and C are superior to Loop A in my opinion. Loop C in particular is prime real estate – there are spots right on the water, with more room to move in each space. When you enter the campground, drive straight until the end to reach the better spots. They don’t really go by “loops” here, but rather by numbers, so you want to head for the 90’s. There is also a spectacular group site located at the end that is right on the creek.
The campground is surrounded by beautiful, jagged peaks. The water is easily accessible from any campsite, cold and inviting. The creeks are shallow for wading, and you can rent kayaks to get out on the water from the boat dock at Two Medicine Lake. Bring a fishing pole.
One of my first thoughts was, why hike when we have this view with this lake right here? There are bears frequenting the hillside above the campground, so be sure to look up.
This is also where the North Shore trailhead begins. This trail provides access to the popular loop of Pitamakan Pass and Dawson Pass.
If you forgot something, stop by the camp store located by Two Medicine Lake to buy food and selective goods. My camera card was full so I purchased one at the store. I bet you will never guess that I take a lot of pictures! There isn’t a fancy restaurant like Many Glacier has, but who needs fancy while camping? I for one don’t want to be inside while visiting Glacier.
Dogs are welcome, but are not allowed on the trails, so be sure to have a cool place to keep them during the heat of the day. We brought our three dogs, and they stay in the camper when we hike.
The campsites are on a first come first serve basis, as most of the campgrounds in Glacier National Park. This means you do need to be conscious of what time you arrive to ensure you get a spot.
Be aware though as you approach Two Medicine (on the highway, the Glacier entrance station, and at the actual campground), that you will see signs stating the campground is full. You can ignore those signs. Since the campground is full every day, no one ever changes the signs, so they will always state that the campground has filled. As long as you arrive early enough in the day, you will get a spot.
This wonderful campground is becoming more popular, but it is still not as popular as the Many Glacier Campground. That means that at the time of this writing (2014), the campground at Two Medicine usually doesn’t fill up until 12 pm – 1 pm. This is late compared to Many Glacier that fills up around 8 am daily.
The day we arrived we left Whitefish around 7 am and got to the campground around 9 am, driving fairly slowly with our camper. Dogs are allowed in the campground, but be sure to read the campground rules before you go.
Be sure to check the Glacier Park campground status to see what time it has been filling up and to see if there are still spots available that day.
INSIDER TIP: If the campground is full, you can park at any pullout OUTSIDE the park. There are dozens of places in pullouts just outside of the Two Medicine Campground you can park at and still be close to the park. These are large, nice, flt spots. Or head to Devil’s Creek or Summit Campground not far away on Highway 2.
At $20 per night, I don’t think you could ask for a better view than the Two Medicine Campground in Glacier National Park.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog