While looking for a quick getaway this fall, don’t overlook Whitefish Lake State Park. It may not scratch the backcountry itch, but the little gem located at the southwestern end of the lake is an awesome place to camp.
If you’re from out of town, the park is a superb spot to stay for the week or the weekend. Its close proximity to downtown Whitefish is enticing and it’s a relatively easy bike ride to downtown shops and restaurants.
Set in a mature forest, the site provides a boat ramp for easy access to the pristine lake waters. Picnic tables speckle the rocky beach with grated fire rings. The beach eases into the water for an inviting dip in the roped-off swimming area under the vista of Big Mountain.
For locals looking to get away for an afternoon, the campground provides a quiet place without the hassle of long-distance travel.
Other amenities at the campground include firewood, potable water, showers, restrooms and a public phone.
The campground’s 25 sites do fill up quickly so get there early. There is a $15 overnight camping fee and a $5 non-resident day-use fee.
How to get there: From downtown Whitefish, continue north on U.S. Highway 93. Veer right onto Lion Mountain Loop Road. Take the first right onto State Park Road. Follow the signs to the park.
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