Tally Lake Campground

Tally Lake Campground is open from mid-May through the end of September. It is located 12 miles west of Whitefish, and 22 miles northwest of Kalispell. In addition to camping, this area also has easy access for a variety of water activities, including swimming, boating, and fishing. As a result, this northwestern Montana recreation area is a summer favorite, especially with families and teens, and is generally busy throughout the summer season.

Tally Lake RV Camping
This spot features a clean, accessible beach area, with plenty of picnic tables and fire cooking pits along the beach and throughout the common grounds.

For this reason, it is a popular spot for summer gatherings of all types, including local weddings, all of which can unfortunately add to the noise and traffic.

Finding the Best Campsites

Tally Lake Campground is located on 23 acres, and has 40 available sites. The area is divided into 3 sections – Loop A, Loop B, and the Northshore Loop. Fees are $15 per night, or $4 for daily swimming and boating access. This location does not accept reservations. An RV dump station is available for use for $3. Maximum stay is 14 days.

Loop A is located adjacent to the swimming area and common grounds, and offers little privacy or solitude. However, all sites have picnic tables and BBQ pits, and all are located within tall pines except site 12, which is located where the pines meet the grassy common area, next to the horseshoe pits.

Loop B affords a much quieter, private atmosphere, and has several drive-through spots. Of these, site 24 offers the most seclusion as it is not adjacent to other sites.

The Northshore Loop

The Northshore Loop is located across Logan Creek, which runs through the Tally Lake Campground and feeds into the lake. This area has 7 spots, two of which are available for reservation.

Tally Lake Group Campground
The spacious pavilion area can be reserved for group activities and camping, and includes a volleyball area and foot trails to a small private beach access. Logan Creek trickles through nearby.

One additional campsite, located at Northshore Loop dead-end, can also be reserved. This site affords a decent amount of privacy, and can also accommodate multiple parties.

The coveted campsite, however, is site #34. If you’re lucky enough to get this one, you’ll have one of the best spots Montana camping sites you could ask for! This site is also located on the Northshore Loop, and has drive-through access for larger RVs, or multiple vehicles. The area dips down off the road to a spacious lawn and beach area. This spot is quite roomy, and can accommodate at least 2 parties, with plenty of additional room for kayaks, tubes, and small rafts. Because of its location down off the road, it offers great privacy, and a feeling of having a small beach paradise, with great fishing, swimming, and playing access, and great views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

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