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St. Mary / East Glacier KOA

St Mary, Montana


106 West Shore
St Mary, Montana 59417
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 140
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 48.75786
Longitude: -113.43603

Elevation: 4532' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $100.00
Overall Rating:

Great location for the east side of Glacier. Lovely views of mountains from your campsite. Good campstore with lots of stuff! Our site was F-13 and there were a few trees that blocked some of the mountain views but really it was beautiful. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F-13 pull-thru
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Going-to-the Sun road is spectacular but if its cloudy - you may not see the best views of the gorgeous mountains. Try to time it on a very clear day. Another favorite drive was to Many Glacier. Beautiful drive, the Inn at Many Glacier was just beautiful. Stop and check it out! We were here in early August and most all of parking lots at visitors centers and picnic areas, etc. were full. Either park along roads or go into lot and wait until someone leaves.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park, very tight roads. Stayed here because it is right outside of the east entrance to Glacier NP. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $90.00
Overall Rating:

Incredible views of Glacier. Minutes from St Mary entrance to park. Only negative is the pool is not heated. They have all you can eat pancakes every morning for $4.50 and will even deliver pizza to your campsite. Stock up before you arrive. Not much around and what is there is expensive. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

Expensive! $80 a night after the KOA discount is outrageous for a gravel/dirt site, with weeds, untrimmed grass and dead shrubbery everywhere. The staff was very helpful and caring. Utilities worked OK and the prices in the small grocery store were better than the "supermarket" in St Mary. However, the price is too high for the accommodations provided even considering the location. Campgrounds on the west side are much less expensive and another park is close-by with all the amenities. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F19 - C34
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Pole Bridge, Montana is a nice day drive to a unique off-the-grid community.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $90.00
Overall Rating:

Very well planned campground. Sites are staggered so we enjoyed good mountain views. Modern tile showers with a unique fold-up/down bench. Helpful, efficient front desk staff during check-in. Clean, well-maintained, fenced off-leash dog exercise area. Kudos to staff and pet owners alike. Ten-minute drive to East Glacier entrance and St. Mary Visitor Centre, which offers info on parking status throughout the busy Going to the Sun Road. In late June, the Logan Pass parking lot was full by 10:15 a.m. Encountered two problems that were not addressed despite notifying staff. One involved a noisy group in a neighboring campsite who partied long after posted quiet hours. The other involved a large, loose dog that roamed the campsite, disrupting campers' leashed dogs and begging for food. We were told this was a local dog but despite apparent calls to the owner, the dog reappeared several times a day. Some campers encouraged this behavior by feeding the dog human food, which was sometimes rejected by the dog and left on the ground, attracting pests. Otherwise, I would describe this as a topnotch campground with amenities such as a pool, bicycles guests could borrow, a walking trail to the river, a laundry, evening BBQs and even pizza delivered to campsites. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C section
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Try to go to East Glacier Park early in the morning if you want to miss the crowds. If possible, check status of parking lots via the electronic board in the St. Mary Visitor Centre. Be flexible about your plans and be prepared for delays.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $81.00
Overall Rating:

First of all we had a very nice 4-night stay in the area, but, oh my gosh, this has to be the worst value of a campground in country. This negative review is not due to being mad at any specific aspect (clerk was rude, neighbors who were noisy or we didn't like site, etc), but rather for the amount of money this campground is generating (even with a short season), they are putting practically NOTHING back into the facility. Many of the sites are not level, the shrubs around the poor interior roads have not been trimmed, there are only 2 or 3 restrooms for this large campground creating lines to use, the picnic tables are rotting, our sewer cap was broken and the wifi is so poor, they don't give out the password unless you ask (to keep usage down). All this said, there really aren't much better options on the East side of Glacier National Park, so I guess the owners can get away with the lack of reinvestment in this embarrassing KOA property and generate a huge annual income. Set your expectations low and be prepared for conditions that you'd typically pay about 1/3 of this campground's nightly rate & you'll be fine as they have a nice pool, a playground, dog park and are 5 minutes from the East entrance to the Going to the Sun Road. Even at a more reasonable rate, this park would still be about "satisfactory" at best. But if we were to do it again, we'd stay at the West Glacier KOA (where we stayed the 4 nights prior, which was the #1 KOA in 2017 & may be one of the best valued campgrounds we've ever stayed at), pay less per night there and just drive to the East side (about 1 hour on US 2 around the park) to enjoy one of the most amazing National Parks we've ever visited. Sorry for the negative review but it so irritating to see fellow campers being taken advantage of. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B8
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Glacier after 6pm and you have practically no traffic on the Going to the Sun road, get some great sunsets & odds of seeing wildlife increase (we saw Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats & even a bear). Waterton Lakes Towne Center and the Prince of Wales hotel just across the border are worth a visit. Since the wifi is so poor at the KOA, go to the Glacier St. Mary Visitors Center where they have free high speed wifi. It's right inside the entrance to the park.

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Review Count: 133
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

Nice KOA with beautiful views of surrounding mountains, long level pull through site, properly placed utilities with adjacent patio with furnished chairs, table and butane bar-b-que grill. Very nice camp store with a wide variety of supplies, including coffee and ice cream, and clothing and equipment. We had to leave two days early as snow was coming in and park cheerfully refunded one night's charge without us even asking for it. Easy to find right off highway 89 and very quiet with no traffic noise. East entrance to Glacier National Park a short drive away. No wifi, but a very strong Verizon signal. A beautiful place we hope to return. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 76

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

With sites starting at $80/night, this is one of the most expensive parks we have ever stayed in. While the park itself is nothing special, it is very close to the East Glacier entrance, and about 1/2 hour drive from the spectacular hiking in Many Glacier. Sites are a real mixed bag with some being very unlevel (front tires hanging off the ground) to dirt/mud side yards, to relatively level sites with nice grass yards. If you don't mind back in sites, they seem to be more level than the pull throughs with most sites in section B being fine. We were in B14, which was level and a huge grass side yard. Unfortunately, zero AT&T service, but surprisingly, the park WiFi worked really well at our location. Good Verizon and open sky for satellite reception. Dog friendly with bags and waste stations around the park. Very nice camp store. We won't rule out staying here again, but will check out alternative locations. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $71.00
Overall Rating:

Expensive park due to prime location, mountain views, and extra amenities like pool and hot tub, trails, etc. Has store, laundry, on-site food (wildly over-priced) even with pizza delivery to your site. Roads and sites were gravel, mostly level although I saw some blocking used, so rather site-dependent. Site we were assigned just barely fit us (34 ft fifth wheel) and truck, but there were others that accommodated bigger units, so you get placed accordingly. Maneuverability was adequate. Very nice, well maintained private bathroom/shower facilities, although a little bit more capacity for size of park would be good, as there were occasionally lines to use them. No cable, and no over the air TV reception or even radio stations! Park was pretty quiet the 11 days we were there, despite being fairly full most nights. Had a brief power outage in park one night, no apparent reason according to park staff. In our row, sewer connections were badly placed at far rear of sites, requiring 20-25 feet of hose minimum. Overall, park is a bit overpriced for the poor WiFi and lack of cable TV, despite the prime location close to Glacier east entrance. They really need to invest in WiFi upgrade and stop joking about how bad it is with customers at check-in, especially since there is no cable. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

As of our stay, diesel is 40-cents cheaper in Browning than in St. Marys., and there is nice, reasonably-priced IGA supermarket there too, if you are willing to make drive. Take Route 464 if towing mid-to big size rigs coming from Browning as noted on park web page.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

It's a nice park with lots of amenities and conveniently located to the entrance of Glacier National Park. It is situated in the middle of a meadow so there is no shade. Full hookups worked well as well as Verizon cell. Sites are close together. The roads within the park are dirt so anything left outside will get covered with a layer of dirt. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F32
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a very small grocery store in St Mary's with limited items and high prices.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

People were very nice. Understand the short season and the proximity to Glacier but $80 to park in what amounts to a pasture is just too high. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

Nice enough park but $80 night is silly - there is NO Wifi or ATT service at all - they should not be advertising Wifi that doesn't exist. Great location for the East side of Glacier which in my opinion is the BEST side - hubby enjoyed the pancake breakfast as well. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $81.00
Overall Rating:

Disappointed by the unkempt grounds. The park is very dated and needs tidying up. Store was well equipped and the proximity to Glacier NP is an asset. Beautiful mountain views. No Cable or Wifi. We had a red fox visit occasionally. The price is worth the proximity to the beautify Glacier National Park. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Try the Graham Slam ice cream, its fantastic! So are the cinnamon rolls.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $91.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice park. However, the rates are high considering that the WiFi is non-existent. If you are charging $100 per night (No KOA discount), you should invest in infrastructure and have adequate WiFi. The staff is fairly young. Mostly high school or college. Many on Work Study programs from foreign countries. Called the CG and told them a USPS package would be coming. Verified address. USPS tracking showed package was delivered 2 days PRIOR to arrival. They could NOT find it. Had to visit the office TWICE and finally it "appeared". My name was correct. They had even "noted" the arrival date and my site number. BUT, it got "LOST" in the back room. The CG is owned by a couple. The lady is sharp. She straightened out the KOA "home office" on our Value Kard. However, the main staff is not that well trained. We had to elevate a small issue to her level to get it fixed. We were in the sites across from the pool. These sites are NOT level. One 45 Ft MH had the front tires raised 12" off the ground. Our Air Level (not Jacks) suspension did not have enough travel. We were a bit "sloped" but could not move. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
F 35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

East Glacier is NOT as crowded as the West Side. Go to the Many Glacier. Lots of wildlife there. Take the "two boat" tour from the hotel. Really cool.

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Review Count: 259
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 66

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $63.00
Overall Rating:

Rate includes 10% KOA discount and $100 discount for Rewards Card points. Site was pull-through; gravel; level; FHU with 50 amps. There was a picnic table available, but was on unlevel ground. We had good Verizon cell and internet reception and good DishTV satellite reception. The park has nice views of the surrounding mountains. The park was quiet at night. We would stay here again. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We find the east side of Glacier National Park less crowded than the west side. It has easier access to the entrances at Many Glacier and Two Medicine, it is a shorter drive to get to Logan Pass, and is closer to the Canadian border and Waterton National Park.

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