Big Larch Campground 

Lolo National Forest Montana Campgrounds

Big Larch Campground is located in the Seeley Lake Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in northwest Montana. 

This lovely Montana campground is on the east shore of Seeley Lake - a very popular lake for water activities.  The campsites are nestled among tall larch, fir and pine trees.

The Seeley Lake area is home to nesting loons during May and June - you might see and hear them, but please don't get close or bother them.

You will find some nice swimming areas on Seeley Lake and 2 public boat ramps.



About the Campsites

Big Larch Campground offers basic facilities, including picnic tables, campfire rings with cast iron grates, accessible vault toilets and drinking water.

The fee for this campground is $10 per night with a 14 day maximum stay.  Your Golden Age Passport or Interagency Senior Pass will give you a 50% discount - you pay only $5.  There are some advantages to getting old!

Hookups are not available at this campground - you can empty your holding tanks and fill with water at Lindey's Steakhouse in Seeley Lake.  It's really convenient and they just ask for a small donation.

Individual sites cannot be reserved at this campground - they are on a first come, first served basis.  You shouldn't have any problem finding a site if you arrive between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Weekends and holidays do fill up, so take that into consideration and arrive early.  There is a group site that can be reserved and rents for $35 a night.

To make an online reservation for the group site at Big Larch Campground, 
click here.

A host is available at this campground to answer questions, give information and to deal with any problems.  They can also help out in an emergency.  They didn't have any firewood for sale when we were here, but you could buy it in Seeley Lake for $2 an armload.

The maximum recommended trailer length for this campground is 50 feet.




About the Campground

Big Larch Campground has 50 sites at an elevation of 3990 feet.  You will find 3 loops with campsites nestled among dense larch, fir and pine trees.  Only a few of the sites are on the shore of the lake, but none of them are far away.

There are 2 boat ramps here and you will find a nice swimming area with a sandy beach, but there aren't any lifeguards.  There are lots of water activities going on here with water skiing, surfing, jet skis, and so forth.  Fishing is a popular pastime for brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout, large mouth bass, northern pike, mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon and perch.

Pets are welcome here, but they must be kept on a leash.  That's not only for the protection of people and other pets, but for their own protection as well.  There are lots of wild animals wandering around here and it wouldn't be good if your dog decided to chase one of them.

This campground is open all year, depending on the weather, but services are only offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Trash collection is offered here - put your trash in the bear proof containers.

It is common to see wildlife in and around this campground - bears, deer, elk, moose, coyotes, as well as loons and other birds.  Proper food storage is required - you will see instructions for this at the fee station.



Getting to Big Larch Campground

Directions from Seeley Lake:  Go .5 mile from Seeley Lake on highway 83 - turn left at the campground sign.



GPS Coordinates:

Latitude 47.18471
Longitude -113.49380



Contact Information:

Seeley Lake Ranger District
3583 Highway 83
Seeley Lake, MT 59868




For more information:

Seeley Lake Ranger District

Lolo National Forest



Enjoy your stay at Big Larch Campground!
Montana Camping





Seeley Lake Ranger District Campgrounds

  • Big Larch Campground - 1 mile north of Seeley Lake - 48 sites - fee area - on the east side of Seeley lake, but no view of the lake
  • Big Nelson Campground - 19 miles north east of Ovando - 4 sites - no charge - Heavily forested sites on Coopers Lake
  • Lake Alva Campground - 11 miles north of Seeley Lake - 39 sites - fee area - on the east shore of Lake Alva, but no view of the lake
  • Lake Inez Campground - 9 miles north of Seeley Lake - 5 sites - no charge - in heavy trees next to the lake
  • Lakeside Campground - 10 miles north of Seeley Lake - 5 sites - fee area - on the south end of Lake Alva
  • Monture Creek Campground - 20 miles northeast of Clearwater Junction - 5 sites - no charge - in large trees along the creek
  • River Point Campground - 2 miles west of Seeley Lake - 27 sites - fee area - short walk to the lake, some sites on Clearwater River
  • Seeley Lake Campground - 3 miles west of Seeley Lake - 29 sites - fee area - on the west side of Seeley Lake in heavy trees

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