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GNP Camping Regulations

Dates of Operation Summer 6/14/2014 - 9/07/2014
Summer Fee $20.00 / night
Dates of Operation Primative 9/07/2014 - 10/31/2014
Primitive Fee $10.00 / night
Number of Sites 13*
Flush Toilets No
Showers No
Disposal Station No
Elevation 4,018 feet
Reservations No
Dates of Operation Primative 9/03/2013 - 10/31/2013
Primitive Fee $10.00 / night
Number of Sites 13*
Flush Toilets No
Showers No
Disposal Station No
Reservations No
Elevation 4,039 feet


Budget cuts are making this the shortest season I have ever seen for Kintla Lake.
Kintla Lake campground is Glacier National Park's most remote frontcountry and car camping campground. It is located in the upper most northwest section of the park known as the North Fork, approximately 40 miles from the west entrance and the Canadian border. Though the drive is very slow and bumpy on dirt roads, the drive is pleasant. Part of this drive takes you through the tiny community of Polebridge, and sections of the park that notably burned in 1988 and 2003. "Due to it's remote location, the campground is very quiet and is very rarely filled, offering tent campers a sense of solitude. The campground sits on Kintla Lake and is surrounded by trees, providing shade, cover, and filtered views of the lake and the mountains that circle it. A hand pump is available for potable water, and pit toilets are located in the campground as well. No motorcraft is allowed on Kintla Lake, making for a quiet canoe or kayak experience. Fisherman will also enjoy Kintla Lake for the trout found in it. If you like to hike, don't forget to pack your boots, as day hikes and extended trips into the backcountry can be found near the campground." source GNP Limited amenities can be found in Polebridge. RVs and truck and trailer combinations are not recommended at Kintla Lake due to the nature of the long, narrow, and windy dirt road to the campground. Sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Primitive camping is available, depending on weather and road conditions. Primitive camping is $10.00 per night. During primitive camping season there is no water available and campers are advised to bring their own drinking water.

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In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.

John Muir,
John of the Mountains,
1938 US (Scottish-born) conservationist & naturalist (1838 - 1914)




Interesting GNP information regarding Kintla Lake Campground is more up to date and positive then what it has posted for Bowman Lake. Since this is my favorite campground in the park I can understand.

The road from Polebridge to Kintla Lake, after the meadows, is narrow. It is NOT a two lane road. There are spots on this road were the North Fork River is eating away at the edge of the road. Bowman & Kintla Campgrounds are the ONLY campgrounds in GNP were you are not only allowed to gather dead and down firewood but encouraged to do so. No power boats are allowed on Kintla Lake. Beware Kintla Lake is famous for sudden high winds sweeping across the lake. The backcountry Campground on Kintla Lake was the site of an oil/gas exploration well drilled over 100 years ago. Polebridge is world famous for it's July 4th parade and barbecue, sadly participation by GNP is a shadow of its former self.

Kintla Lake Campground