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Camping Regulations & Information for Glacier National Park

Finding a Site

  • Reservations are required at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds through the National Park Reservation Service (800-365-CAMP). Campers without advance reservations may inquire about site availability at kiosks located near the campground entrance.

  • To register for your campsite at a "first-come, first-served" campground, stop at the registration and information bulletin board located at the entrance to campgrounds or campground loops. Select a site, fill out a fee envelope completely, and deposit it in the fee tube within 30 minutes. Pay for only 1 night at a time. Park rangers can not give refunds.

  • Check out time is 12:00 noon.If staying an additional night, pay for the site and place a new receipt on your site post before leaving the campground.

  • Camp only in designated sites in campgrounds. There are no overflow facilities.

  • Camping or sleeping in vehicles along roadways is prohibited.

  • Pitch tents on designated tent pads where available or on bare ground, not vegetated areas.

  • Leave tables, grates, logs, and rocks as you find them.

  • There is a camping limit of 7 days during July and August, with a maximum of 14 days in a calendar year.

  • Park all vehicles only in the space provided for your campsite. Do not obstruct the road or other sites.

Saving Your Site

  • Place envelope fee receipt in the clip on your numbered site post.

  • A paper plate strung across the entrance to your site with your name and date will show the site is taken. Do not place bags over the numbered site posts. Remove all markings when vacating the site.

  • Sites are not to be left unattended for over 24 hours.

Campsite Capacity

  • There is a limit per site of 8 people and 2 tents, or a maximum of 2 vehicles per site where space is available.

  • Campsites for groups of 9-24 campers are available at Apgar, Many Glacier, St. Mary, and Two Medicine.

Food Storage Regulations

  • Keep a clean camp!

  • When it is not being consumed, all food, beverages, coolers, cooking utensils, food containers, and pet food must be kept in a closed, hard-sided vehicle, day or night.

  • Campers without vehicles, must use available food lockers or hanging devices for all food storage (check with a ranger or campground host for locations).

  • Garbage must be properly stored at all times. Use bearproof trash cans provided. Violation of these regulations will likely result in a $50 fine and/or confiscation of these items.

Sanitation and Showers

  • All waste water from showers and sinks, especially dishwater, must be contained, and disposed of in utility sinks or RV dump stations. Do not leave waste water unattended. Human waste must be disposed of in toilets or RV dump stations. Recreational vehicles must use drain hoses at dump stations.

  • No utility hook-ups are provided in any park campground. Individual hookups to water, sewage, or electrical outlets are prohibited.

  • Washing dishes, clothing, people, or cleaning fish at water faucets is prohibited. Wash dishes at campsite; filter food scraps and dispose of them in bearproof trash cans.

  • Fee showers are available at Rising Sun and Swiftcurrent Motor Inns and private campgrounds adjacent to the park.

Quiet Hours

  • Quiet hours are from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Please be considerate of your neighbor. All noise must be kept to a level that does not unreasonably disturb others.

  • Generators may not be operated during quiet hours.

  • The use of fireworks is prohibited within Glacier National Park.

Vehicle and Bicycle Use

  • Campground speed limits are 10 miles per hour.

  • Bicycles are permitted only on roadways.


  • Pets are not permitted on trails or along lake shores. All unplowed roadways are "trails" in the winter.

  • Pets must be on a leash of 6 feet or less, caged, or in vehicles at all times. Pets are not to be left unattended at any time.

  • Pets must be restrained while in open bed pickup trucks.

  • Pet waste must be collected and deposited in a trash receptacle.

Fires and Firewood

  • Gathering of firewood is prohibited EXCEPT in the following areas:

    • Along the Inside North Fork Road from one mile north of Fish Creek Campground to Kintla Lake Campground.

    • Along the Bowman Lake Road.

  • In the areas listed above, only dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within Glacier National Park. Chainsaws are not permitted.

  • Fires must be kept inside the fire grates and attended at all times. Be sure your fire is dead out when leaving your site for any reason.

  • Firewood is available for sale at most campstores.

Preserving the Natural Scene

  • LEAVE NO TRACE is a national program which promotes outdoor skills and ethics for recreational users of our public lands—practice Leave No Trace techniques.

  • Removal of any natural or cultural feature, like plants, rocks, artifacts, or antlers is prohibited.

  • Do not dig, trench, or level the ground. Do not drive nails into, or strip bark from trees.

  • Human food is harmful to all animals, including deer, birds, and chipmunks! Feeding wildlife is prohibited. Violations can result in a minimum $100.00 fine.

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