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There are five campgrounds in Flathead Lake state parks, each located at a different point around the lake: Big Arm (tel. 406/849-5255) and West Shore (tel. 406/844-3044) on the west side of the lake; and Finley Point (tel. 406/887-2715), Yellow Bay (tel. 406/982-3034), and Wayfarers (tel. 406/837-4196) on the east shore. The phone numbers are operational only in summer. You can also call tel. 406/752-5501 for information on any of these state park campgrounds, most of which are open May through September, charging $15 per night.

Accommodations on and near the lake include guest ranches, water-oriented resorts with the gamut of recreational opportunities, and basic motels that offer clean but modest rooms. Of the last category, a good option is America's Best Value Port Polson Inn, 502 U.S. 93 E., Polson, MT 59860 (tel. 888/315-2378 or 406/883-5385; www.portposoninn.com), with an excellent view of the lake. Rates run $89 to $129 double room and $300 to $350 for a family apartment with a kitchenette; rates are lower in winter.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.