McGinnis Creek

Flathead National Forest

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NF-803
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
406-758-5208
406-387-3800
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GPS: 48.5144, -114.1476

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 3
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 3781 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0
“Very tight and hard to get to”

Reviewed Jun 12, 2017

Overall Rating

We arrived with a 27ft 5th wheel but was not able to fit in the only spot there. There was a very scetchy homeless guy living in the spot as well. As far as views and cell service they were great. But be aware of you can't fit in the small spot listed there is nowhere to turn around for another mile and even that is tight.

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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NomadicNeighbors

32 Fleetwood Tioga
64 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

NomadicNeighbors would stay here again

“Perfectly Secluded Boondocking Overlooking Glacier National Park”

Reviewed Sep 08, 2016

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This is a great campsite with nice views overlooking the mountains of Glacier National and the scars from one of the 2003 forest fires. Very easy to get to and we had no problem getting a 33' Class C up the road to the site, however if the site were full I'm not sure where an opportunity to turn around would be - perhaps ask the occupants if you can use the site driveway as it is long. When you are going up N. Fork Rd it will turn to gravel about a mile or less before the turn for FS Rd 803, which is marked by the typical Forest Service bulliten board right at the entrance. Once you get to the site don’t let the driveway deceive you, it really opens up once you go down and turn the corner.

We spent four days up here and found it to be very peaceful with nice views and minimal bugs. The site is clearly popular as we cleaned an entire garbage bag of garbage out of it, but we didn’t notice much traffic on the road or people coming down to see if it was taken. There’s a fire ring up there and plenty of dead wood around for fires - just be mindful of the Fire Danger Level at the time you visit as you are surrounded by reminders of what can happen from a careless campfire.

Good Verizon and AT&T signal up here and good DTV channels too. Definitely worth a shot if you are looking for free camping on the west side of glacier. If the site is occupied you can just go back down N Fork Rd to the field which has ample boondocking space - and from there you can look up on the hill with binoculars to see when it becomes free.

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Location
Cleanliness
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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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McGinnis Creek: Boondocking Among the Scars of Glacier National Park's Summer of Fire

 Aside from some solemn moments spent looking out over the scarred forest, we spent most of our time at the McGinnis Creek area working, cooking, and cleaning.  Although these are not the most exciting...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Pets:
  • pets

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