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Two Medicine Campground
Reviewed 12 July 2013

This is one of the best drive-in campgrounds in the entire National Park System, in my humble opinion. Now, I haven't visited each and every one in the country, but I've been in a lot, and this ranks up there with North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Devil's Garden at Arches, and other similar spectacular campgrounds in the system. Pretty tough to beat the view across Two Medicine Lake, and it has a very good camp store, flush toilets, and reasonable solitude. Two Medicine is off the beaten track at Glacier -- you're away from the Going to the Sun Road and all the crowds and traffic associated with it. The scenery and hiking trails are just as spectacular (and in some ways more so) as anywhere in the park.

We stayed here three nights just before fourth of July week. Our site was in Loop C, with a great view of Rising Wolf Mountain, and the farthest loop from the entrance to the campground. The campground filled up each night, but it was quiet, especially after 9 or 10 p.m. or so. Good mix of tenters and RVers, and the RVs are required to shut generators off by 10. The park ranger put on a great talk one night we were there about the history of the area - be sure to catch it if you can. The rangers were great, reinforced what we already knew about bear precautions (each campsite has a generous-sized bear box for storing smellables).

Only downside to the camp was the mosquitoes - they were out in large numbers and aggressive. We brought lots of DEET and used it liberally. It did the job.

A couple of excellent hiking trails start in or near the campground and give you access to spectacular views . In all, we had a fantastic time at this campground.

Room Tip: Sites with Lake views fill quickly. Other sites still are spectacular.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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8  Thank RidingwithJim
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

If you look at Glacier National Park's website, it says that campsites 1-36 in Two Medicine campground are generator-free (meaning quiet sites free of the noisy gas-powered generators some RV campers use to provide electric power). Watch out, however, during the off season. When we arrived at the campground in late September, we found that the Park Service had closed most of the campsites (those suited to RVs), forcing RVs to cram into the sites more suited to tents. Plus, the Park Service had also waived the generator ban for sites 1-36. As a result, we had to listen to hours of chugging generators. Yuck.

When the campground is fully open and generators are kept out of sites 1-36, those sites offer great potential for tent campers. We found a site where we could pitch our tent in the trees, and walk just 10 yards to the lake itself. The area offers a great jumping-off point for hikes into the high country. And the nearby picnic area is excellent for lakeside meals.

Also be aware that, during the off season, the restrooms are closed and running water is turned off. We didn't care, but some folks might.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Rehoboth5
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

July 5: We arrived three hours later than expected due to temendous long waits on road crews, terrible dirt roads, and people driving slowly that refused to used the appointed turn offs to let people pass. (That was on highways and dirt roads mostly and partial park roads.)

We figured west glacier would already be packed and headed to the east side and ended at Two Medicine Campground. (signage a little confusing). We arrived at the right time to have Park Ranger Pam crossing the road and after an enjoyable conversation with her she helped us locate a campsite. All we asked for was quiet and not two inches to the next persons tent. We ended at loop C. Generators are allowed but only at specific times and quiet times are 11pm-6am and are enforced for everyones enjoyment. All they ask is that you keep your camp activities to a minimal so as not to interrupt the enjoyment of other campers.

Restrictions for campsites are posted but the rangers also explain this as most people ignore or do not read the restrictions. They had a recent bear in our camp area so asked everyone to stay on top of things. Not instrusive but responsible. The rangers walked the campsite areas twice a day to say good morning, answer questions, and to check on animal activity and condition of campsites. Rangers give frequent talks around a campfire.

There are flush toilets, cold water sinks, no showers. Close potable water to every campsite. There is hiking, lake, fishing, boating, small store, close to the area. Close enough to the "big area draws" and far enough away to be remote and quiet!! No cell reception, no wifi, no tv. No electricity except for two plugs in the bathrooms. BE AWARE BRING LOTS AND LOTS OF MOSQUITO SPRAY! It had rained for quite some time and they do not do any passive spraying so mosquitos abound but with a little spray kept them at bay.

To address a fellow reviewer about not allowing dogs on most trails which I can understand can be upsetting. It is clearly stated on the national parks website: Visitors with pets should be aware that pets are not allowed on any park trails. Pets must be on a leash or caged at all times. Kennels are available in neighboring communities. And while most owners are respectful, at the very least most would not take them 200 ft off trails to do there business or pick up after them. At the worst, there are mountain lions and bears that see small animals as prey and there scent is an attractant.

The best is we got to explore one of our national treasures!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DeanandMelania
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

We stayed two nights here and enjoyed the scenery and access to the store as well. There are quite a few park wardens present but they seemed affable enough. The one gripe I have is that our dog was not allowed on any of the trails (presumably in the National Park). We had to leave the National Park the second day in order to get some hiking in which was inconvenient given that we'd paid $25 for the privilege of park entry (over-and-above the campsite nightly fee of $20). I truly wish that pets on leads were allowed on defined trails - to be honest it's a bit of a deal breaker for us.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank arbourstone
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

This was our first time camping in a National Parks camp ground and we were very pleased with what we got.  Above all, peace and tranquility.  No cell phone ringing, no wifi computer distractions and no tv. Just nature to watch and breath taking scenery to absorb. 

Get there early in the day because the sites soon fill up and we noticed numerous people trawling around looking for a change of location early each day. Once you have located a suitable site it is then self registration but this is routinely checked by the park staff. Fees can be paid in US or Canadian funds and while we were there the dollar and the looney were taken on par.  
There are numerous washrooms dotted around and some specifically for the disabled.  All are flush toilets and have running cold water to the sinks.  Electric points are also available inside the washroom blocks so connecting hair dryers or shavers isn't a problem.   These washrooms are cleaned daily.   Around the camp ground there are also numerous fresh water taps available but these do not accept a hose connection so filling your portable water tanks is more of a challenge (unless there is an adapter out there somewhere).  You can use the hoses at the dump station to fill your portable water but this is on the way out.
Just outside of the camp ground is a well stocked and very reasonably priced general store, selling just about everything you could need for a few days camping in the woods.
The lake is adjacent to the camp ground and provides excellent leisure resources for fishing, kayaking and swimming, etc.  The area has plenty of good walks but this is bear country so bring your spray and bear bangers.  Its also a good idea to pack lots of bug spray because the mosquitos are more problematic than the bears!  
Every evening the park staff present a different interpretive talk that lasts about an hour. 
If I have any criticism it is that a tiny two man tent is allowed to occupy a space that would be more suited to a 45' motor home while a more suitable sized site is left empty. A little more regulation might maximize the potential of this camp ground.  Loop C is more in tune with small units while A and B are capable of handling the larger rigs.
I will definitely return to this location in the future. 

  • Stayed: August 2011
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5  Thank Hutch333id
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

This is a beautiful small campground. It's nestled by a lake and near some great canyon hikes. I'd recommend it because you're close to St. Mary's and East Glacier, but you're just far enough away in a smaller location that it's much more quiet and personal experience.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Aduncan722
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana is a nice place to visit. If your into camping try out Two Medicine campground. Two Medicine is a peaceful campground surrounded by mountains and nestled next to a lake. There are even pull-thru sites for bigger rigs. It has flush toilets but no showers or hookups. No reservations are accepted it is first come. View bears and mountain goat on the side of the mountains, watch moose graze in the lake.

1  Thank Birchcrossing
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Address: Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT 59936
Region: United States > Montana > West Glacier
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