Posted: May 27, 2013 2:30 PM by MTN News
KALISPELL - Campgrounds in the Flathead National Forest campgrounds are open for business with many of the sites now being run by new forest concessionaire, Flathead Valley Campgrounds.
On the Spotted Bear Ranger District all campgrounds and sites are open to the public. However,there will be no water available at the Spotted Bear Campground until later in June.
In addition to boat launches and day-use areas, the forest also has 14 rental cabins. Click here to rent a cabin or to reserve select campground.
Forest campers and visitors are reminded that by law all food and food-related items must be stored in a bear-resistant manner. This is to keep both you and the bears safe.
Officials note that the Flathead National Forest is home to grizzly and black bears, and responsible human actions will help with unwanted bear encounters.
Hikers should be aware that conditions may be different than usual for this time of year on wilderness and upper-elevation trails.
A combination of recent upper-elevation snow and recent heavy runoff is blocking traditional routes that hikers often use this time of year. Some water-crossings may be unsafe to cross on foot or with stock.
Campers are also reminded to be careful with fire. Never leave a fire unattended and be sure the fire is "dead out" before leaving.
For the latest information on conditions and openings contact your local forest service office:
Glacier View/Hungry Horse Ranger District - (406) 387-3800
Spotted Bear Ranger District - (406) 758-5376
Swan Lake Ranger District - (406) 837-7500
Tally Lake Ranger District - (406) 758-5208