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Campground Review: West Shore Campground, Lakeside, MT

Why we chose here: We had heard great things about Flathead Lake and wanted to spend some time in this scenic spot. Specifically someone had recommended this park to us.

Location: The park is a few miles south of Lakeside, a small town with a coffee shop, brewery and swimming beach.  You can access the lake directly from the park, with a boat ramp and small picnic area. The nearest big town is Kalispell about 20 miles away

Sites: They have multiple sites types. We were in A09 and found it good for us.  It was wide enough that we could park our truck next to the trailer.  Some of the sites are very small (especially the FCFS sites in A loop)

Facilities: They have trash (no recycling) a boat ramp and picnic area.  They also have fresh water spigots.  No dump station. We didn't use their restrooms

Groceries: There is a small, not very nice store in Lakeside.  Best to bring groceries with you here.

Reservations: Yes, most sites are reservable. We found them very difficult to get in the summer, and only managed to find 2 consecutive days available. They have a few FCFS sites but they were too small for us.

Cell Coverage / WiFi: We had patchy AT&T and Verizon coverage here.  Usable but not very fast even though our signal was good.

Price Paid: $28 plus $10 reservation fee

Date of visit: July 2015

Other: The biggest issue I had with this park, and all Montana state parks is the cost.  A $10 reservation fee is a lot, and $28 is steep for no facilities.  (Montana residents pay less).  If you stay more than 3 nights you can save money with an annual pass, but given how difficult it was to find a spot in these parks we decided it wasn't worth it for us.

Would we come here again? Maybe. I was a little disappointed by the park, it is small and the lakefront is pretty but not extensive, and there are no views of the lake from A loop sites. I don't like having to make reservations so the lack of FCFS is a problem. If they had more than 4 days open then maybe we'd come back next time we are in the area.

Link to campground website

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