Reservations now available for campgrounds and recreation rentals
April 22, 2021
Beginning this summer season on the Lolo National Forest, Quartz Flat (Loop A), River Point (Seeley Lake) and Lakeside (Lake Alva) Campgrounds will be available for online reservation. Big Hole Lookout and Savenac East Cottage, both new additions to the popular rental program, are now also available for online reservation. Online reservations can be made through recreation.gov.
“Much of the public expects to use an online reservation system to plan their vacation,” stated Kate Jerman, Lolo National Forest Public Affairs Officer. “Transitioning some campgrounds to online reservations will give the public a convenient option for trip planning. Modernizing recreation reservation services is part of our continued commitment to serving the public and providing high-quality recreation experiences.”
Most campgrounds on the Lolo National Forest are still available on a first-come/first-served basis. Lakeside, River Point and Quartz Flat campgrounds will continue to utilize volunteer camp hosts throughout the summer to serve as caretakers of the facilities and provide visitor information services. More Lolo National Forest campgrounds will be available for online reservation in the coming years.
Online reservations through recreation.gov are required for all Lolo National Forest lookout and cabin rentals. For a full list of developed camping opportunities and opening dates for the Lolo National Forest visit fs.usda.gov/detail/lolo/recreation/?cid=fseprd889197
Local campgrounds available for online reservation beginning in 2021 on the Seeley Lake Ranger District:
• River Point Campground on Seeley Lake: Reservations required beginning May 1 at 8 a.m. Opens for use on May 28.
• Lakeside Campground on Lake Alva: Reservations required beginning May 1 at 8 a.m. Opens for use on May 28.
While normally Lakeside and River Point Campgrounds would close after Labor Day, this year they will remain open during the “Shoulder Season,” from the Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 1, free of charge on a first-come/first-served basis with no reservations required. Jerman said this will provide more camping opportunities for everyone since there is a high demand and offer a balance between reservations and first-come/first-served opportunities.