In Apgar, two National Park Service-operated campgrounds sit amid thick forests with easy access to Lake McDonald. Rustic and without hookups, they have flush toilets, fire rings with grills, disposal stations, shared hiker-biker sites (Apgar $5, Fish Creek $8), amphitheaters for evening naturalist talks, and sites that accommodate large RVs.
Due to the location inside the park, away from highway and railroad noise, they are popular. Bring your own firewood, as collecting wood is prohibited.
Fish Creek Campground (end of Fish Creek Rd., 406/888-7800, June-early Sept., $23), one of two campgrounds in the park that can be reserved through the National Park Reservation System (877/444-6777), is one of the larger park campgrounds, with 178 sites tucked under cedars, lodgepole pines, and larches.
Loops C and D have the best sites, adjacent to the lake, although Loop B has some larger, more level sites. A few lukewarm token-operated showers are available. Eighteen campsites accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long; 62 sites fit RVs up to 27 feet. To find Fish Creek, drive 1.25 miles north from Apgar on Camas Road and turn right, dropping one mile down to the campground. Lake McDonald Trail departs from the campground.
Apgar Campground (Apgar Loop Rd., 0.4 mile from Going-to-the-Sun Rd., 406/888-7800, Apr.-Nov., $20) is within a short walking distance of Apgar Village, Lake McDonald, and the shuttles.
The campground has 194 sites, making it the park’s largest, with group campsites and 25 sites accommodating RVs up to 40 feet. A paved trail connects it to the Apgar Transit Center, the visitors center, Apgar Bike Trail, and Apgar Village’s restaurant, gift shops, and boat dock. Primitive camping (Apr. and mid-Oct.-Nov., $10) has pit toilets available but no running water. In winter, you can camp free at the Apgar Picnic Area, but it’s just a plowed lot with a pit toilet.