If you’re looking for a place to camp in the northern wilds of Montana’s Flathead National Forest, you’d be barking mad not to consider staying at Doris Creek Campground! Doris Creek offers campers a true wilderness experience -- that is to say, facilities are pretty primitive. You definitely won’t find any showers, electricity, or RV hookups.
But if you’re willing to ruff it, you can reap the benefits of Doris Creek’s stunning location! The campground sits on the side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir, and you can expect fabulous views of mountains in the distance. Though the campground is dotted with pines, not all sites are shaded, so take relevant precautions. That being said, at an elevation of 3,570 feet in the Rocky Mountains, you and your pooch should have no trouble keeping cool even in the height of summer! The US Forest Service has designated Doris Creek as a heavy-usage campground, so it’s best to make your reservation early. There’s no entrance fee to the area, and sites start at $14.
You and your pupper certainly won’t be bored during your stay! Keen anglers will be glad to know that the reservoir is well-stocked with trout, and you can cook your catch on one of the grills provided with each site. The lake is also a popular swimming spot, but while non-furry family members might want to take the plunge, your doggo is prohibited from taking a dip.
One of the main selling points of Doris Creek is its proximity to Glacier National Park, but unfortunately, the park isn’t the most pup-friendly place -- canines aren’t allowed on any of the trails at all. Never mind, though -- hound-dog hikers can find some entertainment a little closer to camp! The 23-mile, moderately rated Hungry Horse Reservoir Trail is paw-fect for a longer trek, and if you go a little further afield, the Great Bear Wilderness and Jewel Basin boast a spectacularly scenic trail for every age and ability.
WiFi isn’t available at Doris Creek Campground, and cellular coverage is all but non-existent, so consider your camping choice carefully if you’ll need to stay in constant contact. Otherwise, enjoy your digital detox! Fires are permitted, but there’s no drinking water -- you’ll need to bring your own bottle or a filter. One further note: grizzlies have been spotted in the area, so bring bear spray and lock your food up tight!