South of Bigfork, along the east shore of Flathead Lake are Woods Bay, Yellow Bay and then Blue Bay. Blue Bay is on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
The Blue Bay campground and day use area are owned and run by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The entrance and part of the day-use area are visible from the two-lane highway. Every time I’ve passed I’ve said that I should sometime stop and see what all is there.
The morning started at 42F with a forecast for mid-70’s…That's my idea - and faithful dog Karl's - of “warm enough to spend the afternoon in the cool house,” but cool enough for a morning jaunt to the beach. We headed to Blue Bay early morning while it was cool.
Beautiful! The camping area is no frills. There are a number of spots to “park” or pitch a tent along the lake. A few places with electric are located on a bluff slightly above. Grass, trees, the lake views and absolute cleanliness of the spots made it appealing despite the fact that the campground was nearly full.
After driving around the camping area, I parked and got Karl out for a bit of exploring of the day use area which includes a beautiful swimming area, boat launch and small marina.
Thanks to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for this nice amenity!
Access to Lake or River
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Approximately17 miles south of Bigfork on MT Highway 35
Boat Access Locations
Boat launch facilities in the day use area. An inspection is required each time, prior to launching in the southern portion of Flathead Lake or the lower portion or Flathead River. CSKT certificate of inspection required or proof of inspection from a partnering station (as noted on this list) will be honored.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO- Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Inspection Station *Check website for seasonal hours
406 6th Ave East, Polson
7:00 AM –5:30 PM Monday –Thursday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Friday – Sunday
FWP at Ravalli at Hwy 93/Hwy 200 Inspection Station *Check website for seasonal hours
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday – Wednesday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Thursday - Sunday
Flathead Basin Commission at Kalispell Inspection Station *Check website for seasonal hours
Jesco on Hwy 93 south
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Friday
6:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturday & Sunday
Flathead Basin Commission: flatheadbasincommission.org
Kalispell Region 1 FWP Office (Meridian Ave) Inspection Station *Check website for seasonal hours
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday - Friday
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/habitat/ais/watercraftInspection.html
Fishing Access Highlights
Tribal fishing license required.