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Overview of Kintla Lake Campground

Inside North Fork Road is long, narrow, and winding dirt road to the campground. RVs and truck and trailer combinations are not recommended.

This is a first-come, first-serve campground.

Grizzly and black bears frequent the area; food storage regulations strictly enforced; when not in immediate use, all food, beverages, coolers, cooking utensils, pet food, or other attractants must be kept in a closed, hard-sided vehicle or secured in bear-proof storage container.

Open Seasonally June - Sept.

Elevation 4,035 ft / 1,229 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Kintla Lake Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
Site Quality
14 reviews
“Our favorite place.”

Reviewed 8/5/2018

Days stayed: 3
Overall Rating

Kintla Lake offered us everything we were searching for, quiet, solitude, remoteness, and untouched. The road to Kintla is a long drive that is pretty rough, we had to drive through some standing water, but nothing a decent SUV (and driver) would struggle with.

The campground was almost completely empty (late May/early June) and was clean and tidy. Our campsite was next to the crystal clear river and was tranquil as well as beautiful.

We hadn’t planned on staying as long as we did, but it was just far too nice to move on, so we stayed for 3 days. The Ranger was very nice and helpful, and while we didn’t receive any citations, a neighbor did for their untidy spot! Glad they run a tight ship.

We plan to go back as soon as we can.

Site Quality

BlueDog would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

“The furthest you get away from the crowds without going backcountry camping”

Reviewed 8/7/2016

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 13
RV Length: 26'
Overall Rating

Kintla Lake is the most remote front country campground in Glacier NP. I'm sure it used to be pretty quiet up there. It's about 20 miles off the Canadian Border (no border crossing, though) and at the end of a 16 mile windy bumpy dirt road, after a 20 mile mostly dirt road. The closest "grocery store" is the Polebridge Mercantile (try their Huckleberry Claws!), about an hour from the campground. Getting a trailer there should be interesting, not necessarily because of the road (though it's rough), but mainly because it is a one-way road and we had some trouble getting past the oncoming traffic. There was one 24ft trailer at the campground though, so it is possible.
And even though it's so remote we got the last campsite at 11am on a Wednesday, with two cars tailgating us from the ranger station.

The campground is pretty close quarters, with the first campsites on the river being the most private ones. The uneven numbered ones share the inner circle, which doesn't leave much room for privacy.

The area is beautiful and there is something about waking up next to a lake in the morning. The Boulder Pass Trail is right next to the campground (separate parking lot for overnight hiker), and the Kintla Lake Trail is beautiful.

The camp hosts were super nice. It was busy -> kinda loud but not in the annoying touristy way that is Apgar Campground. Trash cans, water (handpump) and even a dumpstation are provided. Boats are allowed on the lake as long as they do not have a motor. According to the camp host, bears frequent the campground in the morning.

No cell reception whatsoever.

Site Quality

remember to explore would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

Tin Tumbleweed
Tin Tumbleweed
30' Airstream Flying Cloud
GMC Sierra 2500
120 reviews

noted 6/13/2023

We scouted this place out when visiting Kintla Lake. Great, remote spot - long drive on a dirt road to get there. No internet and fairly wooded.

Would be a great spot for tent/truck/van campers

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
  • pets
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