Big Arm State Recreation Area (406/752-5501 or 406/751-4577 for yurt reservations, http://fwp.mt.gov, day use year-round, $5 per vehicle non–Montana resident, camping May–Sept., $15 camping, $40 yurt) is 14 miles north of Polson on Highway 93. This campground has showers, a rarity in the public campgrounds of Montana. It’s a good spot if you want to swim or boat, but the campsites are packed close together, making it a little uncomfortable for just plain camping. Don’t expect to find peace and solitude here, but it’s a lovely lakeside spot, so it’s understandable that families flock here.
Between Dayton and Lakeside on Highway 93, West Shore State Recreation Area ($5 per vehicle non–Montana resident, camping May–Sept., $15 sites) is another state campground on Flathead Lake with no showers or yurts.
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