Lake Five Resort, Near Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana
Lake Five is tucked away just off of US Highway 2 as you approach Glacier National Park driving east from Coram and Hungry Horse in Montana. You will see the sign on your left for “Lake Five Resort” showing you where to turn, but you may not know that this is a pretty little lake with ample recreational opportunity.
There are two great places to enjoy the lake:
1. Lake Five Resort
I have to say, I love the Lake Five Resort. There is a nice beach area with docks for swimming and one of the floating docks even has a slide into the water. This is a great place to take children. They offer canoe rentals and there are horseshoe and volleyball courts.
The one downside is that they do charge for day use. The last time I swam here, we paid $10.00 for our vehicle. I don’t mind paying the fee because I love it here.
There are campsites, RV sites, and cabins available for rent. You can see their rental prices here. They have a nice pavilion area with picnic tables for rent at just over $100/ day, which would be great for family reunions as it is right by the beach.
To give my honest opinion, I think that the rates for camping are too high. $50 for a campsite for one night is a lot when there are a lot of national forests and Montana state parks nearby (that also have lakes). They always seem to be booked solid though, so people must feel like it is reasonable. This is a great option if you want to stay near Glacier National Park.
2. Paul’s Fishing Access
Paul’s Fishing Access is a great place to fish on Lake Five. Here you will find Kokanee and Rainbow Trout, but there is no camping or fires allowed. You can launch personal watercraft from this point, but remember that if you are towing a person behind your boat you have to travel the lake in a counter clockwise direction. (I think this is because the lake is so small). There is a boat dock and bathroom.
*Getting here: Travel east on Highway 2 from Coram for 4 miles toward Glacier National Park. Turn left onto Lake Five Road and drive 1.5 miles to the fishing access sign.
If you are looking for a lake to enjoy outside of Glacier National Park, stop by Lake Five for a swim!
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog