Campsites at Big Larch, Lake Alva and Seeley Lake campgrounds available for Online Reservations; Scan & Pay available for first-come, first-served sites
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: January 31, 2024

Seeley Lake, Mont., January 30, 2024— This summer, three popular campgrounds on the Seeley Lake Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest will offer opportunities for advanced reservations.

On April 24 at 8 a.m. campsites at Big Larch and Lake Alva Campgrounds will be available on for reservations. Sites at Big Larch and Lake Alva can be reserved from the Friday before Memorial Day, May 24, 2024, through the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 3, 2024.


Seeley Lake Campground will also be available on for 2024, however, the opening date will be delayed due to water system repairs. Reservations will be available when the work is completed, estimated to occur on July 1, 2024.


“A lot of visitors expect an online reservation system to plan ahead and ensure they have a spot before they get here,” said Quinn Carver, District Ranger, Seeley Lake Ranger District, Lolo National Forest. “Moving some of our campsites provides that opportunity while maintaining the first-come, first-served option for those who enjoy heading out at the spur of the moment.”


Sites accepting reservations:

  • Big Larch Campground:

Reservable: Loop 2, Loop 3, and Bicycle Sites

First-Come/First-Served: Loop 1 and Loop 4


  • Lake Alva Campground:

Reservable: Loop 1

First-Come/First-Served: Loop 2


  • Seeley Lake Campground:

All sites reservable


Reservations are expected to fill up fast. Visitors are encouraged to create an account on in advance and be logged in and ready to make reservations when it opens on April 24 at 8 a.m.

The Lolo National Forest is also transitioning to Scan & Pay in 2024 at Big Larch, Cabin City, Cascade, Lake Alva, Quartz Flat, Seeley Lake, Sloway and Trout Creek campgrounds. Starting this summer, visitors will have the option to pay for first-come/first-served campsites with a credit card by electronically scanning a QR code using the mobile app (Scan & Pay) at the campsite. Visitors will need to download the free mobile app to their device. This is best done prior to arrival.

Modernizing our recreation reservation services is part of our continued commitment to serving the public and providing high-quality recreation experiences. The Forest is working towards adding additional sites to the reservation system and the Scan & Pay option at other campgrounds across the Forest in the future.


For more information, please visit the Lolo National Forest here or on Facebook and Twitter. 


About the Forest Service: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages the 193 million acres of National Forest System land, provides stewardship assistance to non-federal forest landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.   

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