Yellow Bay State Park
One of the six state parks located on Flathead Lake, Yellow Bay is an excellent destination for tent campers!
To get there, visitors will take a drive along the beautiful, winding MT HWY 35 amidst cherry, pear and apple orchards.
As you pass through, remember to stop and explore the local orchards. They offer fresh fruit as well as guided tours!
Looking to camp?
Regardless of the water level, boaters usually have no problems putting their boats in at Yellow Bay due to the steepness of its ramp. There are 5 tent campsites, and they are first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early to claim your spot!
Yellow Bay Creek flows through the park near the campsites, providing a peaceful sound of cascading water to fall asleep to.
The University of Montana has a renowned Biological station there.
They are the second oldest biological field station in the US and the oldest west of the Mississippi River. They have one of the oldest, contiguous lake data sets in the world.
Be on the lookout for birds and plentiful wildlife.
Spend a day on the open water boating, canoeing, kayaking or water skiing.
A joint tribal/state license will allow you to fish for lake trout.
Take a dip in the chilly water.
Take a look at what’s under the surface of the water and go scuba diving.
They are currently building an erosion-resistant beach on their portion of the property. They also offer regular community and family activities year round.
Don’t forget to grab fresh fruit from roadside stands or go picking at an orchard during the summer months!
Curious what other visitors have had to say about the park?
Open (Tent camping only; first come, first served)
Available mid-May through Labor Day
Open mid-May through Labor Day
Normally, available mid-March through November, weather permitting. For status please visit our Facebook page or call Flathead Lake State Park Ranger Station, 406-837-3041
For waves & wind forecast, check NOAA Graphical Flathead Lake Forecast
23861 MT HWY 35 Bigfork, MT 59911