Spectacular Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana is a great location for a motorhome camping trip. The West shore unit of the Flathead Lake State Park is surrounded by fir, pine, and larch forests, and with the water itself being a pristine blue, you can only imagine the stunning surroundings you’ll find yourself in here. Ideal for outdoor recreation, the rocky shoreline of the park is perfect for adventure enthusiasts up for a challenge. Renting an RV is a convenient way of commuting around the area, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Lake County. Just five miles south of the town of Lakeside and about 15 miles from Kalispell, you could include a short visit to these towns as well.
While there are a few other parks on the 30-mile long lake, the West Shore/Flathead Lake State Park is among the quietest of the lot and offers stunning views of the Swan and Mission Mountain ranges. The state park covers 129 acres of the western shore of the lake and is at an elevation of about 3000 feet. Camping at Westshore/Flathead Lake State Park is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to reconnect and enjoy the marvels of nature.
RV camping at Westshore/Flathead Lake State Park opens up great fishing opportunities for anglers. The lake is home to several native and non-native fish species, including cutthroat trout, bull trout, mountain whitefish, brown trout, lake trout, kokanee salmon, yellow perch, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and brook trout. Powerboats are required if you’re serious about fishing here. The lake is vast, and windy conditions require a powerful boat.
The lake is immensely popular with pleasure boaters. Sailboats bobbing up and down the lake is a common sight. Certain areas of the lake have no-wake zones and jet skiing regulations. If you haven’t brought your watercraft, boat rentals are available at the lake. There’s a boat ramp at the Westshore/Flathead Lake State Park that provides easy access to the lake for boaters.
Put on your hiking boots and explore the trails during your state park RV camping trip. The rock outcrops offer stunning views of the Flathead Lake, and the hiking trails in the park are truly scenic. Keep a lookout for white-tailed deer that roam freely in the park. Wildlife viewing and nature photography are other fun activities you get to indulge in during your hikes.
Camping at Westshore/Flathead Lake State Park
Camping with an RV at Westshore/ Flathead Lake State Park is easy and convenient. The campground here has 31 sites for RV camping. Facilities at the campground include big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, bear-resistant storage lockers, firewood, picnic tables, trashcans, drinking water, and electricity. There are vault toilets, firewood, and grills. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground.
When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Westshore/Flathead Lake State Park, drive to the Edgewater RV Resort and Motel in Lakeside. The resort has 37 campsites and offers amenities like pull-thru sites, big rig access, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, a central water spigot, WiFi, and limited cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a picnic shelter, and a pet area for your four-legged friends. For recreation, there is water access, a recreation room, and open green spaces for the kids to run around.
Exploring the Area
After soaking up the goodness of nature at the Westshore/Flathead Lake State Park, consider exploring the surrounding areas during your RV rental vacation. The town sits in the midst of some of Montana’s most popular attractions, including the Glacier National Park and the Flathead Lake, but there is more to the town than its stunning location.
Indoor attractions at Kalispell include a couple of interesting museums. The Hockaday Museum of Art is located in the Carnegie Library Building and showcases exhibits by local artists; most of the artwork here focuses on local themes like the history of the area and the scenery.
The Conrad Mansion Museum is a well-preserved historic home that offers a glimpse into the town’s early days. Built as the family home of the town’s founder, Charles Conrad, the mansion is now open to the public for viewing through tours. Enjoy centuries-old furnishings, artifacts, and clothing on display in the mansion.
Spend an afternoon at Woodland Park, a city park equipped with amenities for a day of fun. Take the dog for a walk, hike the trails, enjoy a picnic, or just laze on the grass in this green oasis.
Another interesting stop is the Lone Pine State Park that has great hiking trails, an archery range, picnic areas, and activities like holiday-themed events, kids' activities, nature walks, and more.
Kalispell has a vibrant food scene with options galore. The many ranches in the area guarantee excellent quality beef, and you can find it on nearly every menu, cooked in a variety of styles. Good, old-fashioned comfort foods are easily available too, along with the regular fast food joints.
There are quite a few convenience stores in town where you can pick up supplies for the road, and don’t forget to fill up your rental RV at a gas station before you hit the highway to your next travel destination.